Louisiana School For Math, Science & The Arts, Living Learning Commons

Natchitoches, Louisiana


Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts; State of Louisiana Facility Planning & Control


111,491 sq.ft.

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The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts is known as one of the best public high schools in the nation. The school was founded in 1982 to serve as the flagship public-supported high school in Louisiana. The architects were selected to provide living space for 360 students and student life staff in a new residence hall.

Concepts of connectivity and openness drive the formal organization of the building. A large, welcoming front porch provides the primary pedestrian entry, sharing a courtyard with an adjacent classroom building. The wood elements at the underside of the porch roof delicately slip into the building to form a double-height lobby and campus living room, essentially a transparent glazed breezeway that opens to a terrace and courtyard overlooking the athletic field beyond. The south end of the lobby dramatically focuses on a mature grouping of live oaks, carefully preserved by the positioning of the building’s footprint. They create a shaded gathering space for the students.

The commons area wraps and extends out from the living room in an inviting series of gathering spaces, formal and informal, that balance social and academic needs. The student commons culminates in an intimate student lounge that opens to a covered porch and large firepit area, elevated and oriented west, overlooking the athletic fields.

The student residences themselves are organized into 10 independently functioning “neighborhoods.” This organizational structure enables students to engage at a personal level and become more closely acquainted with one another. Each neighborhood has nine four-person suites and is supported by a hall commons, a quiet study lounge, laundry facilities, and an office and residence for a Student Life Adviser.

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Residence Halls/Lounges

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Carpet by Mannington
Flooring by Patcraft
Flooring by Mannington
Flooring by Amtico
Flooring by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Corian
Cabinets by Case Systems
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Door Hardware by Zero International
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Allegion
Doors by Republic Doors & Frames
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Soprema
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Soprema
Windows by Oldcastle Architectural
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kim Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Spectrum Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Liton
Lighting & Accessories by Prescolite
Lighting & Accessories by Nulite Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Litecontrol
Lighting & Accessories by Elite Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kenall Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Dual-Lite
Emergency Lighting by Columbia Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Kim Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Spectrum Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Prescolite
Emergency Lighting by Liton
Emergency Lighting by Nulite Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Litecontrol
Emergency Lighting by Elite Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Kenall Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Dual-Lite
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Specified Technologies
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Edwards Systems Technologies
Card Systems by Honeywell
Lounge Furniture by Knoll
Lounge Furniture by National Office Furniture
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Herman Miller
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Knoll
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
Office Furniture by Herman Miller
Office Furniture by Knoll
Residence Hall Furniture by Steelcase
Residence Hall Furniture by Knoll
Residence Hall Furniture by Herman Miller
Residence Hall Furniture by Savoy
Washroom Accessories by American Specialties
Washroom/Shower Partitions by American Specialties
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Accurate Partitions
HVAC Units by Daikin
HVAC Units by Fulton Boiler Works
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Steelcase
Signage by Take Form
Acoustics/Sound Systems by 3Form
Walls/Wall Materials by Flexco
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