In the years following the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina, Broadmoor was responsible for the design and construction of
a new $100 million campus for the Holy Cross School. Broadmoor and Blitch Knevel Architects joint
ventured as architects-of-record for all aspects of the educational facility
and its student center.
The new campus, on 20-acres in a residential
neighborhood of New Orleans, replaced the historic facilities that dated from
the mid-19th Century adjacent to the Mississippi River in the Lower Ninth Ward
of New Orleans. The projectís process included the creation of two temporary
classroom campuses for the student body, one immediately after the storm on the
original site and the second on the site of the new campus while final
construction was underway.
The first phase of the final campus was focused
on the permanent construction of three multi-story rusticated masonry classroom
and administration buildings six-feet above grade (approximately 120,000 square
feet). Each building houses state-of-the art technology within the traditional
aesthetic of the original campus, surrounded by grounds featuring mature,
transplanted live oaks and a formal courtyard. The final phase of the project
saw the construction of a 93,000 square foot Student Center, catering to all
sports and extracurricular activities offered by the school.
The classic interior design strategies within
the facilities feature traditional mahogany casework and cast-iron
details. The modern Student Center
provides an Olympic-style basketball court floor, four-sided gondola scoreboard, six-foot plasma screen, electronic statistics capabilities, and a 2,000+
seating capacity. The entirety of the project was designed to provide the
student body with an environment that encourages a higher level of achievement
and a well-rounded educational experience.
Owner: Holy Cross School
Architect: Broadmoor / Blitch Knevel Architects, A Joint Venture
Contract Value: $100,000,000
Services: Design-Build Contractor