This historic 3-story dormitory, built circa 1936 on Dillard University’s campus was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The interior renovation included selective demolition of the 1st and 2nd floor slabs for mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins. New interior finishes were added throughout to create 40 new dorm rooms to accommodate approximately 80 students. The 3rd floor attic space was converted into additional dorm rooms and two small additions house necessary mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Trapolin-Peer Architects successfully assisted Dillard University with the National Park Service grant procurement, reviewed FEMA project worksheets, met with FEMA representatives to help procure funding, and ultimately created Construction Documents for the exterior remediation, interior demolition, and interior restoration of Straight Hall. Trapolin-Peer Architects also assisted in the bidding phase and oversaw the restoration of the facility.