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Edna Karr High School Construction Tour
September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$10.00 – $25.00
Join the AIA New Orleans for a Construction Tour of Edna Karr High School!
Since its opening in August 1964 as a junior high, Edna Karr has been one of the premier public secondary schools on the West Bank of Orleans Parish. Designated as an academic magnet by the Orleans Parish School Board in 1990, and expanded to a high school with its first senior graduating class in 1993, Karr has been awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award, a prestigious national honor, twice since the year 2000.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Karr was one of the first public schools to reopen. As the public school system was privatized under nongovernmental management organizations, Karr became a part of the Algiers Charter Schools Association; in 2013, it became a part of the InspireNOLA charter school network.
With its midcentury Modernist campus on Huntlee Drive, built on a concrete slab foundation at grade level and vulnerable to flooding, approaching 50 years old, the Orleans Parish School Board began the process of replacement in 2016. Construction commenced on the new Karr campus in 2017. The new campus is built on the site of the former Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center, a large tract stretching from the Mississippi River levee to General Meyer Avenue and allowing for expansive athletic fields.
Trapolin-Peer of New Orleans and VMDO, educational design specialists, of Charlottesville are the architects for the project. CORE Construction is the general contractor.
AIA New Orleans will be providing a bus from the parking lot of the Small Center for Collaborative Design to the project site. Please arrive at the bus location (1725 Baronne St) prior to 5:30 pm. The bus will arrive back to the lot around 7:30 pm. Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
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