Field-testing services at Charles J. Colton School – New Orleans, LA

BDG recently wrapped up the building envelope field-testing services for the newly remodeled Charles J. Colton School in New Orleans, LA.

Scope of our services include: Field-testing newly installed Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, Aluminum Doors, Aluminum Storefront & Entrances, Aluminum Curtainwall, Hot Rolled Steel Windows, Metal Framed Skylights, and Architectural Louvers for air infiltration & water penetration utilizing the ASTM E 783 (air), ASTM E 1105 (water), and AAMA 501.2 (hose nozzle) standards.

The Charles J. Colton School in New Orleans had been in continuous operation since the early 1930s until Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the building in August 2005.

The 168,000-square-foot facility will match the façade of its predecessor. F.H. Paschen, the project’s general contractor completed extensive structural repairs to the existing concrete structure in order to reconstruct the building. There are new elements as well, including seven skylights and a 55,000-square-foot, three-story addition for the school’s theater and performing arts departments included in the building’s total square footage.

For the exterior windows, F.H. Paschen contracted Hopes Window’s Inc. to manufacture solid steel windows, which are replicates of the originals. The national manufacturer dates back to 1912 and supplies custom steel and bronze windows and doors, security windows, fire-rated windows and other architectural products.

The remodeled building will be ready for the 2013/2014 school year.

Contractor – F.H. Paschen
Project Architects – Waggonner & Ball Architects
Construction Managers – Jacobs/CSRS