New construction of a 50,500 square foot facility for the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority (CRPA) and Louisiana State University (LSU) to house the new 10,800 square-foot Lower Mississippi River Physical Model. Our firm was tasked to complete the full Structural and Civil design for the project. The structure consists of a conventional steel-framed exhibition area, pre-engineered metal building model area, and conventional steel-framed operations and classroom area. Due to the proximity of the Mississippi River Levee, the foundation was designed with a drainage system to alleviate moisture seepage from the river levee during periods of high water. A deep foundation system consisting of precast concrete piles was used to support the structure due to the presence of poor soils at the project location.

This project was featured in an article entitled “Big River, Big Model” by Robert L. Reid in the October 2018 Edition of the ASCE Civil Engineering magazine.

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