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Plaquemines Parish Faculty Housing

VergesRome Architects was awarded two projects by the Plaquemines Parish School Board to provide faculty housing to replace housing destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The original housing, consisting primarily of single-family, slab on grade houses, was consolidated into multi-family housing units. In conformity with FEMA guidelines, all replacement units were required to be designed as elevated structures to mitigate future flooding concerns in this low-lying coastal area. Parking is accommodated on the Ground Level under the 17’ high elevation.

The faculty housing developments are located off-site but in general proximity to the Plaquemines Parish schools served. The largest of the projects, located at Buras, Louisiana, provides 32 faculty apartments ranging in size from one-bedroom to three-bedroom units. The Buras housing facility consists of eight buildings, totaling approximately 32,000 SF, with a 3,000 SF Housing Annex building. The raised units are interconnected by a system of covered walkways.

A second faculty housing facility,  designed for Port Sulphur, provides a total of seven units contained in one building.