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Diocese of Lake Charles selects architects to rebuild schools and churches

Diocese of Lake Charles
Diocese of Lake Charles(Diocese of Lake Charles)
Updated: Apr. 27, 2021 at 11:34 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Diocese of Lake Charles has announced a slate of architects selected to rebuild schools and churches destroyed by Hurricane Laura. In all, two Catholic churches and three schools will be rebuilt, with local firms selected to design the schools.

Upon announcing the selection, Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, said, “We have reached a decisive moment in the recovery of the Diocese of Lake Charles. In just seven months following the devastation of Hurricane Laura, I am pleased to see that today we are selecting architects. This is a positive step in the right direction. We are making real progress to return our people to the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments and our students to a permanent learning environment that benefits their formation and development.”

The following local architecture firms have been selected to design new Catholic schools:

  • St. Louis Catholic High School, Lake Charles - Champeaux Evans Hotard and RHH Architects, APAC, A Joint Venture
  • St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School, Lake Charles - Porche|May Architects and Domain Architecture, A Joint Venture
  • Our Lady’s School, Sulphur - Vincent-Shows-Gautreaux Architects APALLC

And for the following churches, the architect will be Hoffpauir Studio, LLC from Baton Rouge, a firm the diocese says has extensive experience designing churches and other houses of worship:

  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Lake Charles
  • St. Pius X Catholic Church, Ragley

These architects are tasked with meeting with stakeholders immediately to begin the design process for these projects, which the FEMA Damage Inventory projects will total $110 million.

St. Louis Catholic High School, FEMA has already completed its site visit to St. Louis Catholic High School and has found the diocese’s damage report in alignment with its onsite assessment.

In total, the Diocese has 505 damaged structures on 68 diocesan properties. Repairs on many of these are completed, already underway, in the process of being combined into zones to enhance efficiency, or are in the scoping process.

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