According to Gen. Hunt Downer, Jackson Barracks is the only active military installation in the nation to have suffered complete destruction during peacetime. Located in the Lower Ninth Ward at the Orleans/St. Bernard parish line, it is the state headquarters of the Louisiana National Guard and the Louisiana Military Department.
The new replacement of Joint Forces Headquarters at Jackson Barracks is comprised of three separate facilities: the Adjutant Generalís Office Building (AGO) at 19,000 square feet, the Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ) Complex at 69,000 sf, and the Dining Hall (DFAC) at 10,000 square feet. This key MILCON post-Katrina reconstruction project reflects the historic military base vernacular with increased life cycle value and efficiency, as well as future flood protection design characteristics. These operations capabilities remain paramount to the redevelopment of Jackson Barracks and the National Guard infrastructure.
Challenges included the extent of the demolition scope, as there was a constant need to verify that environmental considerations, both regulatory and sustainable development were met. One of the sensitive issues was to preserve the large historic oak trees in the area and on base, which were to remain and protected accordingly.
Owner: CPT Joshua Davis, COL Daniel Bordelon
Architect: John T. Campo Architects
Contract Value: $41,065,304
Size: 98,000 square feet
Services: Design-Build Contractor