After Hurricane Katrina, the St. Bernard Parish School Board quickly began the process of repairing and replacing its heavily damaged schools. Smith Elementary was the first FEMA-funded new construction project to be undertaken in the state of Louisiana after the storm. The demolition of the existing structure and new construction of an 87,000sf elementary school including playground areas was completed in under a year to allow students to begin the school year in the revitalized facility. The new gymnasium was completed in the following year. Williams Architects interfaced with the client, general contractor, regulatory agencies and FEMA to deliver the project in a streamlined fashion and meet this vital need for the community. For further information on this project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.