Katrina National Memorial LEED Platinum Museum

The Katrina National Memorial Museum will be built in New Orleans, Louisiana to honor the victims resulting from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This Project is two-fold in its mission: (1) Honor the lives lost and (2) create an exhibition facility . The museum will function as an education endeavor to teach local residents and students about the catastrophic elements that can be caused by major hurricanes.

It will also serve as an additional tourist component that can be informative to visitors of the city and allow a better understanding of some of the water related challenges this region is confronted with. Ongoing educational programs will offer opportunities for the local and surrounding school districts to participate; and educate students about hurricane related weather and how, as a region we might manage huge influx of water more strategically.

Our Katrina National Memorial Museum will be constructed with state-of-the-art technology “green building design” and utilize that aspect of the facility as a learning tool, demonstrating the benefits of “green and sustainable” building implementation as a positive impact on the environment.

The design includes a six story LEED Platinum certified building; site location is under consideration and involves a number of sites within and near the downtown district.

The Katrina National Memorial Museum is designed to contain multiple areas within the site and will function as an ongoing educational center, social culture development via the Arts, mentoring and apprenticeships programs in Arts Education, Meteorology, and Green-Building design/construction.

Designated portions will be designed as public spaces with an art gallery, food court, auditorium, and space for private rental use. Potential tenant consideration with an entity involved in Oceanographic activity is our priority choice for tenancy. Such a tenant would occupy the top floors with exhibits and relative data that would be of educational interest to visitors of the museum.

At its completion, this facility has the potential to become an international destination benefiting all those who have the opportunity to visit the exhibits and elect to participate in one of the many educational programs.

This project has the framework that positions it as a beacon of New Orleans and far reaching through the south eastern hurricane-prone region of the country.

Features:

  • Green Technology (LEED Platinum Certified)
  • Cultural Art Exhibit
  • Educational Features
  • Tourist Attraction
  • Permaculture
  • Commercial Space

PROJECT SYNOPSIS

The Project is the result of R. Omar Casimire’s experience in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the blistering impact it had on the citizens of the City of New Orleans and generally throughout the Gulf Coast Region. Omar’s firsthand experience prompted him to create a full documentation of the events caused by Katrina and how those individuals trapped at the Ernest Memorial Convention Center in the city, coped with the devastation and the loss each were encountering.

This project is two-fold in its mission to honor the lives lost and to create an exhibition facility, the Katrina Memorial Museum. The museum will function as an education endeavor to teach local residents and students about the catastrophic elements that can be caused by major hurricanes. It will also serve as an additional tourist component that can be informative to
visitors of the city and allow a better understanding of some of the weather challenges this region is confronted with on an annual basis. Ongoing educational programs will offer opportunities for the local and surrounding school districts to participate; educating students about hurricane related weather and how, as a region we might manage huge influx of water more strategically.

Our Katrina Memorial Museum will be constructed with state-of-the-art technology “green building design” and utilize that aspect of the facility as a learning tool, demonstrating the benefits of “green and sustainable” building implementation as a positive impact on the environment. The preliminary design includes a four to six story LEED certified building; site location is still under consideration. The Katrina Memorial Museum is designed to contain multiple areas within the site and will function as an ongoing educational center, social culture development via the Arts, mentoring and apprenticeships programs in Arts Education, Meteorology, and Green-Building design/construction. Designated areas of the facility will be designed as public spaces with an art gallery, food court, auditorium, and space for private rental use. Potential tenant consideration is the National Oceanographic Association. Such a tenant would occupy the top floor with exhibits and relative data that would be of educational interest to visitors of the Museum.

Although there is a long history of hurricane and storm activity in this region, there is very little or no ongoing organized approaches to educate citizens in an effort to better prepare them for devastating impacts caused by hurricanes. Our project will be the first of its kind locally, to specifically target residents and students with enlightening and informative data that could be the difference in saving one’s life, versus being tragically unprepared, resulting in catastrophic results for an individual, a family, or an entire community.

At its completion this facility has the potential to become an International Destination benefiting all those who have the opportunity to visit the exhibits and elect to participate in one of the many educational programs. This project has the framework to position itself as a beacon of New Orleans and as far reaching as the South Eastern hurricane-prone region of the United States.

KNMF LEED PLATINUM MUSEUM WILL INCLUDE

Energy Efficiency

Selection of lighting and controls, and provision of thermal comfort controls to promote energy load reduction will be a primary feature. Options for reducing plug-load consumption through selection of appliances and equipment are considered in the design of the museum.

Water Efficiency

Selection of low-flow fixtures, fittings and appliances that reduce consumption. Environmentally Preferred Materials – selection of building materials that are more environmentally responsible than traditional choice will feature recycled content, regional materials, etc.

Healthy Indoor Environment

The building will specify finishes with low VOC, improve air quality with Increased ventilation and filtration, and provide access to daylight and views. Furniture will also be specified featuring similar certifications such as Greenguard for Schools and Forestry Stewardship Council.

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