St. Joseph's ReBuild Center
New Orleans, LA (2007)

The St. Joseph ReBuild Center is a unique collaboration between four independent non-profit service providers. Their post-Katrina union establishes a more comprehensive approach of providing care and support to the homeless population of New Orleans. The project provides an example of another, more humane way of using trailers in disaster situations not specified by FEMA plans.

The Design Center formulated the master plan for the campus of trailers. The design utilizes 6 trailers connected by urban outdoor space or plaza used for gathering. New construction weaves around the trailers incorporating them as integral parts of the design. Wayne Troyer Architects of New Orleans were the architect of record of the master plan, following the process through construction. Four spaces not housed in trailers were a food distribution center, a meeting space for 200-300 people, an information kiosk, and a small free standing office. These project elements were designed and constructed by the Design Center.


Partners
Harry Tompson Center
St. Joseph Church
Lantern Light / Presentation Sisters
Building Detail, Inc.
MIDI Construction
Catholic Charities Hsipanic Apostolate
Wayne Troyer Architects


Credits
Neil Alexander / Jeff Johnston (Photographers)


Awards
2011 SEED Award
2009 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy
2009 Bruner Award
AIA Michigan Honor Award
AIA Detroit Honor Award
AIA Gulf States Honor Award
AIA Lousiana Honor Award
AIA New Orleans Honor Award