Award Winning Designs, With Community In Mind

Jul 13, 2017 | blog


Industry experts in construction and architecture say that adopting collaborative project delivery methods is a top trend in 2017. At ACDA, collaboration isn’t a trend. It’s how we do business. We know from experience that great projects happen when our clients are involved in the design process.

Two of our community-driven projects recently earned silver InDesign Awards: the new parish hall for Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas and L.J. Alleman Middle School’s cafeteria addition and renovation. The annual juried competition highlights projects throughout Acadiana.

Holy Ghost Catholic Church • Parish Life Center

Based on the number of its parishioners, Holy Ghost Catholic Church is considered one of the largest African-American Catholic churches in the United States. More than 2,400 families call Holy Ghost their home parish.

Holy Ghost families spent almost 100 years at a location on Union Street that included a school and sanctuary. Although it was difficult to let go of a building that held so many memories, the congregation chose to repurpose the site to create the Parish Life Center. By echoing elements of the original building, such as its stone cladding and bricks, we preserved its spirit. The cross from the old school building was incorporated in the new design.

The new building features classrooms, a community room, and a kitchen and banquet hall for weddings and special events.

The $2.67 million project also earned a civic award from the City of Opelousas. The Historic District Preservation awards recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve, restore and beautify the district.

Lafayette Parish School System • L.J. Alleman Middle School Expansion/Renovation

We have worked with LPSS on a number of projects, including renovations at Lafayette High School and the design of Southside High, the parish’s first new high school in almost 50 years.

The school opened its doors in 1959 and although some additions were made in 1980, the campus still lacked a cafeteria. The solution? A multi-purpose cafetorium with tables that convert to benches when the space is used for performances.

The $4 million project included the demolition of an existing concrete play area and construction of a new cafeteria/auditorium with an adjoining kitchen. Because the school houses an arts academy, a large stage was included for in-house performances. The project also featured a new air conditioning system for the existing gymnasium and a new concrete play area, as well as a walkway cover and an access drive with staff parking.



Left: Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Parish Life Center, Opelousas Louisiana. Right: Lafayette Parish School System, L.J. Alleman Middle School Expansion/Renovation, Lafayette Louisiana.

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