Coleman Avenue is the historic main street of Waveland, and the School built in 1927 was the only historic structure left standing after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its 28-foot storm surge. Renovations included salvage of historic materials, removal of the non-historic gable roof, restoration of electrical and mechanical systems, finishes, and structural hardening of the brick masonry and foundation. The restored structure is more resilient to weathering and lateral forces with extended foundations to deter scouring. A concrete slab was poured below the crawl spaceĀ  to minimize moisture from underneath. Additional lateral strengthening was accomplished with steel columns bolted into the masonry walls with enlarged footing supports.

AIA Mississippi 2009 Merit Award

Completed 2007
Program: Ground Zero Hurricane Museum
Cost: $4,200,000
Project Team:
unabridged Architecture, Architect
Sparks Engineering, Historic Structural
Welch Color Conservation
John Speiwik, Historic Masonry/Plaster