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COURTESY OF ESKEW+DUMEZ+RIPPLE

RISING IN THE EAST
New Orleans East has been one of the slowest parts of
the city to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Years after the
Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital was destroyed in the
storm, there was little will to rebuild a hospital in
one of the lowest parts of the city that was likely to
flood again. While planning for the hospital began
right after the storm, it was held up by red tape
and politics before things moved forward after a
change in leadership at the mayor's office.
The replacement project eventually got off
the ground in 2010, and the $130 million, 80-bed
New Orleans East Hospital opened in June 2014,
hailed as a big step in the area's recovery.
Unlike the city's other new hospitals, University
Medical Center New Orleans and Southeast
Louisiana Veterans Health Care System's VA
medical center replacement, which had billiondollar budgets, the 216,000-square-foot, threestory facility was a city-funded project. Backed by
a loan insured under the FHA Section 242 Hospital
Mortgage Insurance program, the smaller capital
investment required designers to carefully optimize
the facility for hurricane resiliency.
Mark Ripple, architect and principal at lead
design firm on the project Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
(New Orleans) says the team went through a
number of scenarios to determine what level of
protection would be appropriate and fit within the
budget. "We spent a lot of time thinking about
[Level 5 protection], and the cost to benefit was
simply not achievable within their budget. Having
that conversation early on helped inform all other
aspects of the design," says Ripple. In the end,
it was determined that New Orleans East would
be built to Level 2 protection, meaning the entire
facility must be evacuated within 72 hours of a
storm.
Despite budget constraints, there were elements
of the project that were inspired by the VA medical
center's design. For example, the hospital features
a metal and glass exterior that can withstand 130
mph winds and all mission critical functions are
on the second floor, with a ramp leading up to the
ED dock able to serve as a boat launch during high floods.
The central plant and utilities are located on the roof, and
three rooftop generators are connected to an 18,000-gallon
fuel tank serviced by a pump raised 18 feet above ground.
The features are enough to keep the hospital functioning for
about 96 hours, even under extreme flooding and wind from
a Category 3 storm.

Top: Set in a part of the city
with a high risk of flooding,
the $130 million, 80-bed New
Orleans East Hospital features
an elevated design with all
mission-critical equipment raised
above the first floor. Above: The
three-story, 216,000-square-foot
facility features an emergency
department, imaging, surgical
suites, patient rooms, an ICU, and
public spaces, pictured here.

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