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Rebuilding New Orleans' Schools

Since 2008, Farnsworth Group has provided commissioning services for more than 30 new and renovated schools for the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board.

These projects were undertaken in the massive rebuilding effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The projects awarded to Farnsworth Group totaled nearly 4 million SF in combined space and nearly $900 million in combined construction costs. Scope on each project included the commissioning of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Twenty-five of the projects also included building envelope commissioning tasks.

Through a strong building envelope commissioning program, many construction deficiencies were discovered and corrected. This saved the district millions of dollars in operating costs through energy savings. The District also avoided significant operational deficiencies from moisture infiltration.

All the projects have pursued a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Those that have received their LEED award are noted in the project list below:

  • Langston Hughes Elementary School (LEED Silver)
  • Andrew H. Wilson Charter School (LEED Gold)
  • Greater Gentilly High School, Lake Area (LEED Silver)
  • Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory H.S. (LEED Silver)
  • Fannie C. Williams Charter School (LEED Gold)
  • Arthur Ashe Charter School (LEED Silver)
  • Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep / New Orleans College Prep
  • Mildred Osborne Charter School
  • Mary Dora Coghill Accelerated Charter School, Parkview (LEED Certified)
  • Carter G. Woodson Middle School (LEED Silver)
  • Akili Academy (formerly Wm Frantz School) Renovation
  • Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School
  • KIPP Believe School (renovation of Charles J. Colton School)
  • Frederick A. Douglass High School Phased Renovation
  • Edward Hynes Elementary School
  • Phillis Wheatley Community School
  • Alice Harte Charter School
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School (LEED Silver)
  • Arise Academy at the Charles R. Drew Elementary School
  • McDonogh 42 Elementary School Renovation and Addition (LEED Gold)
  • New Orleans East High School at Abramson
  • Audubon Charter School (OPSB)
  • Edward Livingston High School
  • Morris Jeff Community School
  • Lake Forest Charter Elementary School
  • New PK-8 School at North Kenilworth Park at Curran Site
  • McDonogh 35 High School at Phillips/Waters Site
  • Sophie B. Wright Middle School Renovation
  • Alfred Lawless High School
  • KIPP Believe College Prep (renovation of Paul L. Dunbar School)
  • Eleanor L. McMain School Exterior Stabilization and Gym Addition
  • George Washington Carver High School
  • Booker T. Washington High School