Cohen High School Completion
FROM VISION TO REALITY
OLD MAKING ROOM FOR THE NEW
After attending classes at an elementary school down the block for an entire school year, students at Cohen College Prep High in New Orleans were finally be able to move into their brand new high school building in October.
In order to make room for necessary improvements, the old high school was completely demolished in June of 2020.
While the footprint of the new space is smaller than the original structure, the intentional design of every square inch ensures a supportive and enriching environment for today’s students. It consists of 35 classrooms, 4 science labs, library/media center, administrative office space, cafeteria, weight room, gymnasium, an auditorium, and football field.
Some of the improvements include more accommodations for students with disabilities, an improved air-conditioning system, windows in all classrooms, which has a measurable influence on student learning, as well as a new 65-space parking lot that will reduce street parking.
The auditorium space is two-stories and seats 250. It features a small stage with dead-hung rigging, theatrical lighting and curtains and retractable front rows in case performance groups need more space.
The state-of-the-art gymnasium is equipped with a full-size basketball court, two small cross courts that can be used for volleyball and retractable 450-seat bleacher seating.
DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISE
LEMOINE Holds Topping Out at LSU Health Shreveport’s Center for Medical Education and Wellness
LEMOINE celebrated a construction milestone at the LSU Health Sciences project in Shreveport, LA on March 30th with a “Topping Out” of the Center for Medical Education and Wellness. In building construction, “topping out” is a builders’ rite held when the last beam is placed atop a structure.
The Center broke ground at LSU Health Sciences campus in Shreveport in July of 2021. The $74 million project is a venture of Louisiana State University Health Sciences and Ochsner Health System. State and school officials hope the new facility incentivizes aspiring physicians to train and stay in Louisiana to address a growing shortage of doctors.
Spanning 187,000 SF and 4-stoires, the facility features a wellness center, 3 large teaching auditoriums, multipurpose and event space, clinical exam rooms, and a multitude of modern upgrades. In addition, the facility will be home to an Emerging Viral Threats laboratory.
Amassing over 66,000 man-hours since the start of construction, the project is on track to be completed Summer 2023.
“It’s an honor to partner on this project,” stated William Lemoine, President of Vertical Construction for LEMOINE. “Over the years our company has been fortunate to partner in building some of the most significant educational and healthcare facilities in the state of Louisiana. The Center for Medical Education will certainly be no exception as it is sure to foster excellence in education and health and wellness for our community. We look forward to delivering this extraordinary vision into a reality.”
The facility was designed by Perkins & Will and Coleman Partners Architects.
To learn more about the Center for Medical Education, visit FutureofLSUHS.comGet an inside look at the new facility here:
Two LEMOINE projects named by New Orleans City Business as 2022 Top Construction Projects
Two of LEMOINE’s projects in the New Orleans region have been named to New Orleans City Business’ list of Top Construction Projects for 2022. The annual list ranks 10 construction projects based on valuation within in the New Orleans area for the respective year.
Claiming the fifth spot on the list is LCMC’s Health Expansion, a $523 million investment through various expansions and renovations at its six hospitals. LEMOINE recently completed work at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, a $300 campus transformation.
Scope of the expansion project includes more than 230,000 SF of new clinical space, a 600-vehicle parking garage, expansion the Central Utility Plant, and a new two-level public circulation concourse. In addition, the project scope completed the renovation of 105,000 SF in the Center and West Towers, Research Building, and Ambulatory Care Center.
Additional work by LEMOINE on the Henry Clay campus includes the new 51-bed Behavioral Health Center at Children’s Hospital. The only psychiatric program in the Gulf Coast Region dedicated exclusively to the mental health care needs of children. The $23 million center has 51 beds, allowing Children’s Hospital to increase their services in a bright and welcoming space. The Center provides inpatient and outpatient services, pediatric psychology, and neuropsychology. It is also home to The Autism Center and The Medical Psychology Clinic.
EYP Architecture & Engineering served as architect for the Expansion project while Fernandez + Johnston provided architectural services for the Behavioral Health Center.
West Jefferson Medical Center, an additional LCMC Property in the New Orleans area, is also undergoing a total transformation. The $90 million renovation focuses outpatient surgery center, physician clinics entry, endoscopy department, emergency department and the main hospital entrance.
The second project recognized by the publication is the new construction of Walter L. Cohen College Prep. Developed by Louisiana Recovery School District, Orleans Parish School Board, the $31 million project will construct more than 105,000 SF containing updated classrooms, science labs, and performing arts classrooms. A new auditorium with seating for 250 and gymnasium with seating for 450 are also part of the project scope.
Grace Hebert Curtis is leading design efforts for Walter L. Cohen College Prep.