Morris Jeff Community School at Fisk Howard

New Orleans, Louisiana

Design team:
VergesRome Architects: Chip Verges, AIA; Steven Rome, AIA; David Reed, AIA; Corey Brizzolara; Robert Brownfield, AIA; Duplantis Design Group (Civil Engineering); Fanning Howey (MEPT); Morphy Makofsky, Inc. (Structural Engineering); Moynan Consulting (Food Service); Daly-Sublette (Landscape Architecture)

The new campus for Morris Jeff Community ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY885COST PER SQ FT$235.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio at Fisk Howard was built on land formerly occupied by a school that flooded after Hurricane Katrina. The joint venture team of VergesRome and Fanning Howey overcame the program challenges of the elementary school’s limited land availability. The 110,343-square-foot, three-story structure is positioned on a 117,178-square-foot city block.
Exterior building materials were chosen so they would not compete with the Mid-City neighborhood’s character. Masonry scale, critical because of the building’s mass, was specified at a larger than conventional block size, and colors were kept light to reduce the scale. The terracotta color of the windows was inspired by an adjacent Catholic school, a touch of color to enhance the elementary school’s spirit. Several window patterns are repeated throughout the campus to provide daylighting. Bahamian louvered awnings offer sun protection on the more critically exposed sides of the building, while providing exterior views through the awnings.
The school was designed to earn LEED Silver certification.