DBA was commissioned by the project architect to collaborate on the site plan for the new science building at the former Maumus High School complex in St. Bernard Parish. The site’s primary goal is to provide students, and the community, opportunities for lifelong learning through interactive exhibits. The Center includes a planetarium, food science lab, theater, and exhibit rooms.
DBA was responsible for the planning and design of the center’s stormwater management system that manages 14,000 gallons of stormwater runoff that is collected from the roof of the new planetarium through a series of bioretention cells and bioswales. Students from all over the Parish visit the center throughout the school year and during the summer break to learn about Hurricane Katrina’s flooding impacts on the Parish and how stormwater management can help reduce localized flooding in less intensive and more frequent storm events.