In 2005, St. Bernard Parish was all but destroyed when a massive storm surge triggered by Hurricane Katrina breached the parish levees. Located at the heart of the tight-knit community, Chalmette Medical Center managed to weather Katrina’s violent winds only to succumb to the flooding that occurred the following day. Damaged beyond repair, the hospital was ultimately demolished. After several years of hard work, St. Bernard Parish secured the funding and community support necessary to build a new acute-care facility. Gresham Smith delivered a design for a resilient full-service hospital that is built to withstand future hurricanes, while reestablishing the parish’s distinctive identity.
square-foot replacement hospital