Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region

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The LOOP Pavilion, designed and fabricated by City Center, has won a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards for exemplary design.

A City Center design/build studio worked with community partner LOOP [Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program] to design and construct a shade pavilion on Scout Island in City Park. LOOP engages urban students in outdoor education programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park.

City Park and the staff of LOOP reached out to the TCC when they recognized a need for program expansion and support. Their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage or shaded gathering spaces. After engaging LOOP staff to assess needs, students designed a shade pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for gathering before and after challenge course activities. The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course. It uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line. The studio partnered with TSA’s Milhaus CNC lab to design and fabricate the joints that hold the aluminum canopy together.

The pavilion allows LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work and allow revenue generating options by attracting professional groups to use the course. In 2014, LOOP won a Merit Award in Divine Detail from the AIA New Orleans.


Scout Island, City Park

Project Leads

Emilie Taylor, Sam Richards

Project Team

Dan Ackerley, Madison Baker, Casey Bemis, Michelle Carroll, Rachel Conques, Jose Cotto, John Coyle, Maggie Easley, Ellen Hearle, Emma Jasinki, Kate Luxner, Sarah Satterlee, Meredith Zelenka

Partnering Organization

LOOP, New Orleans City Park

Special Thanks

Dash Lumber, Tulane School of Architecture’s Milhaus, Regional Transit Authority, Walter Zehner


AIA New Orleans, Award of Merit 2014, Divine Detail
AIA Gulf States, Award of Merit 2016, Architecture