On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, making landfall on South East Louisiana. The surge created by the storm was a contributing factor in the failure of the levee system surrounding New Orleans which submerged 80% of the city. The floodwaters reached and severely damaged the New Orleans VA Medical Center, the LSU Health Sciences Center, Charity Hospital and the Tulane Medical Hospital on Canal Street. As a result, the Veterans Administration and LSU have decided to build a new complex in Upper Mid-City New Orleans that will host both the new VA Medical Center and LSU/Tulane Medical centers respectively.
Willow Design was selected as the SDVOSB subcontracting consultant to NBBJ Architects for the VA Medical Center portion of this project, nicknamed “Project Legacy.” Our job scope was to provide ADA accessibility review for the entire facility, which is projected to be 1.5 million sq ft and have a final construction cost of over $800 million.
GSF: 1.5 Million SF
Total Cost: 800 Million
Design Completion: 2012