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SOUTHWEST PASS STATION

Use: Residential & Commercial
Location: Southwest Pass, Mississippi River
Size: 18,500 SF
Category: Architecture

One of NANO’s more unique projects involved researching, selecting and detailing a new exterior cladding system and roof for the Associated Branch Pilots’ Southwest Pass Station and generator building that could withstand the harsh marine conditions and 180 mph wind loads, replace and enhance the insulation value, decrease air and vapor seepage all while maintaining weight and structural limitations.

Renovating unique structures has become commonplace for NANO, prompting the development creative solutions. Working with a fiberglass reinforced panel (FRP) manufacturer, The A/E team selected a 3” pre-insulated system, incorporating custom detailing, sealing and shapes for a complete envelope system. Vertical baton strips assure weather proofing while adding articulation. Stainless steel connectors and flashings were utilized throughout. Roof panels were topped with a Fiberseal membrane. This is the first use of the Durashield system on a residential facility.

Two years after completion, it has withstood several tropical/hurricane events without incident, and achieved a 30% increase in efficiency.

** This project won the Excellence In Sustainability Honorable Mention from USGBC Louisiana at the 2018 AIA New Orleans Design Awards**