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St. Mark's Elementary School and Loredana Hall

Shortly after midnight on January 1, 1996, a fire started in a storage area at St. Mark School in St. Bernard Parish. The storage area was located between a classroom building and the administrative offices. The fire quickly spread to the adjacent structures. Both buildings were heavily damaged before the fire was extinguished.

Broadmoor was engaged by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to provide design-build services for the reconstruction of the classroom building. A design-build approach was utilized in order to deliver the completed structure for the opening of school in August. Broadmoor provided complete architectural services for the reconstruction of three classrooms on the existing foundation. In addition to the building design, a number of site-related handicapped accessibility issues were addressed. Construction was completed within budget and on time for the opening of school.

Broadmoor provided architectural and interior design services for the reconstruction of Loredana Hall at St. Mark’s Church after reconstructing their classroom building.

Working with the existing foundation and portions of the remaining wood framing, Broadmoor expanded and enhanced the structure to suit its new purpose. The front portion of the structure was redesigned to provide office areas, a copy room, and break areas for the staff. Large windows were incorporated wherever possible for natural light to create a feeling of openness. In keeping with the function of the structure as administrative offices, a new entrance was designed to give the structure more presence and authority on the site.

The rear portion of the structure was given a cathedral ceiling to be used as the school library. In order to support the library portion of the structure, a central corridor for circulation was developed through the center of the renovated space. Indirect lighting was bounced off of the cathedral ceiling to provide glare-free lighting. Lighting is balanced with large windows for natural light.

Owner: Archdiocese of New Orleans

Architect: Broadmoor, LLC

Contract Value: $787,087

Services: Design-Build Contractor


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