jhp architecture / urban design, dallas

When Hurricane Katrina roared through New Orleans, it devastated the already deteriorating St. Bernard Housing Development. Fast-track plans to demolish and rebuild the area resulted in this design our judges called “very strong.” The first phase of the project includes 466 rental units, assigned to two- and three-story townhouses and a “mansion” building. JHP Architecture broke up the massing into smaller elements and provided through access to maintain consistency with the existing fabric of New Orleans. “We tried to break the blocks down so it didn't look like the projects,” says Ronald E. Harwick, AIA, CSI. The firm also created multiple semi-public spaces, internal parking courts, and a diverse streetscape with stoops and deep galleries.

“It's a remarkably contextual solution for knitting a city back together,” said a judge.

principal in charge: Ronald E. Harwick, AIA, CSI, JHP Architecture / Urban Design;
project architect: John Schrader, AIA, LEED AP, JHP Architecture / Urban Design;
developer: Noel Khalil, Columbia Residential, Atlanta;
project size: 770 square feet to 1,152 square feet per unit;
site size: 22.94 acres;
construction cost: Projected $140 per square foot;
rental price: $550 to $1,050 per unit per month;
units in project: 466;
rendering: Courtesy JHP Architecture / Urban Design.

product specs
bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Leedo Cabinetry; countertops: Formica Corp., Panolam Industries International (Nevamar), Pioneer Plastics; dishwasher, garbage disposer, oven/range, refrigerator: Whirlpool Corp.; doors: Masonite International Corp.; exterior siding: Alcoa Architectural Products (USA), James Hardie Building Products; flooring (carpet): Mohawk Carpet (Bigelow), Shaw Industries; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Dal-Tile Corp.; hardware: Better Home Products; insulation: CertainTeed Corp.; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; roofing: Fabral, Owens Corning; site compactor: SP Industries; windows: General Aluminum Co. of Texas