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Robert C. Brooks Educational Complex

A 37,581 s.f. educational complex comprised of two separate facilities designed to withstand 130 mph winds. The main facility houses the Slidell Pathways Curriculum, area talented arts program, and the Options curriculum. The Administration and Gymnasium act as the fulcrum pivot for the two classroom wings on the site. The two classroom wings converge at 90 degrees on the main office reception desk which allows for direct visual control over each corridor. The secondary facility houses the Parish’s adult education program and administration, conference room and a large meeting room which will allow the School Board to hold several meetings each year on the east side of the parish. The site amenities include a walking track, green house and full basketball court.

Through our sustainable efforts, energy efficient mechanical systems were used along with, low flush plumbing fixtures; low CFC paint and other finish materials with high recycle content. Shading devices were designed to reduce solar gain on the fenestration which lowers the demand on the facilities HVAC. The use of LED lighting will also help reduce energy consumption. Floor to ceiling windows allow for ample natural light to penetrate into the spaces reducing energy costs and improve the performance and concentration of the students. The use of adjustable perforated window shades also helps to reduce glare.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left the original facility in ruins which required it to be demolished. With the help of the Federal Government, the St. Tammany School Board was able to acquire the funding to have the new facility designed and built to the new construction standards for buildings located in hurricane prone areas. The structure along with the roofing system, storefronts and window systems were designed to withstand 130 mph winds. The school was also raised 5’-0” above the flood plain and the foundations were designed to handle incoming and subsiding tidal pressures. A raised generator was also provided in case of power failure.