Eight awards were presented to New Orleans architectural firms and one in Baton Rouge during a design competition held by the American Institute of Architects Louisiana.

The winners were among 63 projects entered into the competition:

  • The Tulane City Center received an Honor Award and Members’ Choice Award for the Grow Dat Youth Farm. The Members’ Choice Award is given to the project receiving the most votes from architects attending the organization’s design conference. The Grow Dat project uses seven recycled shipping containers and steel trusses to create a large covered outdoor classroom and supporting spaces to serve as an agricultural facility for high school students.
  • Eskew+Dumez+Ripple received an Honor Award for the Civic Theatre restoration, an Honor Award for Crescent Park and a Merit Award for the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center.

The 800-seat Civic Theatre in downtown New Orleans was renovated to stabilize the condition of the building and add components such as multiple bar venues, standing, lobby and waiting areas. The 1.4-mile Crescent Park along the Mississippi River includes bike paths, playgrounds, a dog run and adaptive reuse of two industrial wharfs, along with native landscaping. The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center is a 10,000-square-foot 1917 home restored into a contemporary library and addition for community use.

  • Trahan Architects received an Honor Award for the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame, a 28,000-square-foot building design that interconnects athletic and the cultural-historical fabric of the region.
  • StudioWTA received a Merit Award for its design of 5940 Magazine. The seven-unit condominium building references both its historic setting on New Orleans’ Magazine Street with a balcony, trellis, shared courtyard, large windows to maximize light and awnings to diminish solar heat gain.
  • Waggonner & Ball Architects received a Merit Award in master planning/urban design for the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan — a water management, landscape and urban design to create a water management strategy.
  • Post Architects + EOA Architects, of Baton Rouge, won a Merit Award for its design of the Mid City Gardens Activity Center and Residential Development. The project includes six buildings with 13,507 square feet of enclosed community space, along with 55,275 square feet of residential space. Located in a low-income area, it features 60 units of affordable housing with covered parking, fitness classes, tenant/retail space, meeting space and administration, with a shared courtyard and vegetated green roof.

Geocent, an information technology and engineering company with headquarters in Metairie, was presented the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Small Business Subcontractor Excellence Award and received the Cluster Growth Award by the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions at an annual meeting of the Magnolia Business Alliance.

The EIGS is Magnolia Business Alliance’s program to promote growth for area companies who perform geospatial-related services.

Baker Donelson is among 15 national law firms selected to participate in the OnRamp Fellowship, a program to provide women lawyers re-entering the legal profession with an opportunity to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms.

The firm’s participation with five positions will include its offices in New Orleans; Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; and Nashville, Tennessee.