New Booker T. Washington School

New Orleans, Louisiana


Hewitt-Washington & Associates Architect & Planners, APC


Recovery School District


199,468 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Design Team
Moses Engineers, Inc. (MEP); Morphy Makofsky, Inc. (Structural/Civil); Spackman Mossop Michaels (Landscape Architect); Bill Conner Associates LLC (Theater Consultant); Thompson Building Energy Solutions (Energy Consultant)

The school replaces a building constructed in 1942 that was the first high school in New Orleans for African American students focusing on academic and vocational classes.

In 2005, the school was significantly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and closed. It remained in disrepair until 2012 when plans began to revitalize the school and demolition was initiated. The construction of the new school, designed by Hewitt-Washington & Associates, started in 2016. The plan was to preserve the historic auditorium and the existing main entry while incorporating both into new space housing educational and community facilities that would continue the legacy of the school. The facility has 52 classrooms; seven science labs; spaces for art, dance, band, and fitness; a gymnasium; auditorium; cafeteria; medical clinic and administrative offices. It also features curtain walls that provide expanded views and exposure to natural light while reflecting the school’s surroundings. The project also has a storm water management system with underground water retention areas designed to attenuate surface runoff during rainfall.

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Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Zurn
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Plumbing by Bradley Corporation
Roofing by Soprema
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Windows by Draper
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Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Tyco
Security Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Locks by Corbin Russwin
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Irwin Seating
Card Systems by Johnson Controls
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
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