Columbia Parc at Bayou District, New Orleans
JHP Architecture/Urban Design

Broadmoor Design Group
Metairie, La.

Columbia Parc gives the Katrina-ravaged Gentilly neighborhood a new lease on life.

Encompassing 17 new city blocks on the footprint of the former St. Bernard housing project, the varied streetscapes attract residents with a wide range of incomes. “New Orleans’s different neighborhoods have a pride in their own architecture,” says JHP’s John Schrader, AIA, LEED AP. “They were very specific that this is not the French Quarter.”

The homes have a Garden District feel and loosely follow New Urbanist design principles. Mansionlike stacked flats are sprinkled among smaller-scale, two-story townhouses. All the units have covered front porches, stoops, or balconies and face the street, and each block provides private access to secure parking and courtyards. “It’s so appropriate for the town,” said one judge, noting the good proportions and appealing public spaces.

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Project Credits

Design architect/principal in charge/land planner: John Schrader, AIA, LEED AP, JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Dallas
Architect of record: Dean DuPlantier, AIA, Broadmoor Design Group, Mandeville, La.
General contractor: Chad Courty, BBL Builders, Irving, Texas
Developer: Jim Grauley, Columbia Residential, Atlanta
Landscape designer: Kristen Mansfield, Wood+Partners, Hilton Head, S.C.
Interior designer: Chris Holt, Holt Interiors, Atlanta
Project size: 1,152 square feet (average)
Site size: 23 acres
Units in project: 466
Rental price: $679 per month (average)
Construction cost: $147 per square foot
Photography: Rion Rizzo

Product Details

Bathroom cabinets: Republic Industries
Bathroom fittings: Cleveland Faucet Group
Bathroom fixtures: Kohler
Dishwasher: Whirlpool
Doors: Masonite
Exterior siding: James Hardie
Flooring: Shaw, Daltile
Hardware: Pamex
HVAC equipment: Lennox
Insulation: Johns Manville
Lighting fixtures: Bevolo
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams
Refrigerator: Whirlpool
Roofing: Owens Corning
Solar energy system: Conergy