Master Site Plan Unveiled at Site Premier

Sandra Scallan, Reichel, Claudette Hanks

On November 21, 2000, about 100 supporters and interested stakeholders gathered at the site of the Louisiana House Learning Center (LaHouse) for the Site Premier. LSU AgCenter Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture Bill Richardson unveiled the site plan showing what is planned for the fully developed six-acre tract.

The proposed Master Site Plan depicts

  • The location and orientation of the showcase sustainable house, garage and yard
  • three environmental landscape demonstration areas
  • shaded, porous parking and driveways
  • an open air pavilion for outdoor educational sessions
  • the exhibition hall
  • numerous connecting paths and portals
  • a border of oak trees that will establish a visual connection between the Louisiana House Learning Center site and the oak-lined streets of the LSU campus

The site plan was developed by Remson-Haley Architects working with Dr. Neil Oldenwald and Dr. Tom Pope, the LaHouse landscape consultants, and the LSU AgCenter design team leaders, Dr. Claudette Reichel (house) and Dr. Allen Owings (landscape).

Also displayed at the Site Premier was a collection of creative Louisiana House design ideas. These were developed by students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture under direction of Professor Eddie Cazayoux. The education in sustainability has begun, even before the house and site are in place.

During the event Ms. Paul Manship was honored for her donation to the project with the ceremonial planting of a magnolia tree .

The Site Premier also featured

  • introduction of the architects selected to design the house
  • displays about the criteria for the Louisiana House, other sustainability learning centers, and partnership opportunities
  • recognition of the Louisiana House contributors, partners, and allies
  • comments by Dr. Richardson and by project chair Dr. Claudette Reichel.

Attendees mingled and visited with the designers and LaHouse team members to learn more about the project and share their feedback.  Thanks to Cajun Constructors for providing a tent for this event.

3/22/2005 2:31:42 AM
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