Marrero Readiness Center, built for the Louisiana National Guard, serves as a multi-facility for civic events, governmental administrative offices, and a base for search and rescue emergency response operations and equipment. Trapolin-Peer Architects designed the development to serve a 185-person unit in the event of a disaster.
The facility is built with reinforced masonry construction, structural steel moment framing, standing seam metal roofing, and glazing designed to meet all blast load requirements for large impact resistance mandated by all the applicable UFC anti-terrorism and Army National Guard DG design standards. The goal of this design is to develop a facility considered as “the last building standing” which could fully survive, and be sufficiently functional immediately following a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.
The main building, adjacent maintenance building and site were developed to minimize impact to the natural environment and to meet Spirit Gold and LEED Silver for energy design.