Size of Project
Friends of Discovery Health Sciences Foundation
Completed in 2020
Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
First new construction of a public school since the 1980s.
Growth happens. It can be complex. But being a team player makes all the difference. In Jefferson Parish, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy is one of the fastest-growing schools for early childhood through 12th grade. High demand led to a lengthy waitlist. It also meant an opportunity to expand its capacity and boost its unique educational offerings for students growing up in a fast-paced, technology-driven world. The Friends of Discovery Health Sciences Foundation engaged RNGD as the Design-Assist Contractor to lead the new construction of the 125,000 sq. ft. school. It would be the first new construction of a public school on the Eastbank of Jefferson Parish since the 1980s and a new chapter for education in Greater New Orleans.
Expertise and partnership-focused mindset.
The challenge of a tight 12-month timeline—so the first graduating class could utilize the building—made preconstruction a vital exercise in applying our expertise and partnership-focused mindset. Our signature process leveraged project data to provide informed choices for the owner, efficient design for our design partners at Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects, and scope clarity for our trade partners. Through open communication, the RNGD preconstruction team led an effort to use a Precast Concrete System for the project’s structure in lieu of a more conventional stick-built steel structure. The Precast option would reduce the project timeline and bolster the overall resiliency of the building. After confirming the virtual model through BIM, the signoff on using prefabricated concrete led to our team’s careful cross-coordination of fabrication, delivery, and installation.