W. Smith Elementary School

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W. Smith Elementary School


W. Smith Elementary School

Project Description:

W. Smith, Jr. Elementary School (Violet, LA) was a rebuild on an existing school site that was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Along with another St. Bernard Parish School, it was the first new construction municipal building in Louisiana post-Katrina.  The project consisted of constructing from the gorund up a state of the art, technology-rich institution of learning that provided for 61,000 sq. ft. of school classrooms and support facilities and a 7,200 sq. ft. cafeteria. In addition, the project incorporated a 19,000 sq. ft. gymnasium to be utilizaed for athletics and as an auditorium for school functions. The building construction was designed to be more hurricane resistant and consisted of structural steel and glazed CMU-block, metal roofing, interior gypsum board and acoustical ceilings. There were also fireproof doors installed on the exterior of the building at all of the entranceways and exits. The length of the project was designed for 9 months and was successfully completed on time.  The project was a necessary piece of public infrastructure to help bring back the community.                            

Location:  Violet, LA

Contractor:  Gibbs Construction

Architect:  John C. Williams

Year Completed: 2008

Project Type:

  • New Construction Roofing
  • Metal Wall Panels
  • Metal Roofing
  • Emergency Response
  • Custom Metal Fabrication
  • Technical Assistance
  • Fast Track Construction
  • Self Performance
  • Project Specific Safety Planning

Size:  91,000 sq ft