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The Building Institute is UL Lafayette’s integrated project delivery, design-build program. The program brings architecture students, architects, engineers and contractors together in the design and construction of single-family, market-rate homes. The homes are built on infill property in the urban core neighborhoods of Lafayette, Louisiana and then publically sold at a market-rate. Students work hand-in-hand with local contractors to build the homes which achieve sustainability standards such as the National Homebuilder’s Green Building Standard or LEED. The Building Institute is structured through a graduate design studio in the fall, a construction documents course in the spring and the construction course in the summer. Students receive academic credit for each course and in addition, several team leaders receive paid summer internships allowing them to accrue IDP credit. The Building Institute is not a simulation- it is hyper-reality. As architect-developers, the students become agents of change.
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PROJECT CATEGORY : Featured / Homes / Large Projects

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COURhouse

Lafayette, Louisiana

 

The COURhouse is the third market-rate, sustainable home in the UL Lafayette Building Institute’s Neighborhood Infill Program which was designed and built during the 2012-2013 school year. Its name comes from the home’s prominent feature, a centralized courtyard connecting the living room and kitchen to the outdoors, offering residents a sense of openness. The courtyard is accessible through a large 10’ x 7’ glass roll up door from the kitchen, two sliding glass doors from the living room, and French doors to the master bedroom. The front porch is wrapped in reclaimed cypress wood from an 1800’s home in Arnaudville, LA. Clerestory windows and sliding glass doors allow light to flood into the spacious living room and the kitchen’s 16’ vaulted ceilings. A large exposed beam runs through the living room extending out to the front porch and exposed rafters line the living room ceiling. The interior finishes give the home an industrial feel with concrete floors, custom concrete countertops, reclaimed corrugated metal, and steel angle backsplashes. Sustainability features of the home include a 4 kw PV panel system on the roof, an instantaneous gas heater, advanced wood framing, and energy efficient appliances. It was designed according to LEED Silver criteria.

 

Project Delivery:

Design-bid-build (Students designed the project, produced construction drawings, bid the project, and worked with a contractor to build the home) 55% students and 45% contractors/subcontractors.

 

Square Footage:

1,508 sf interior, 600 sf of covered porches

 

Budget:

$170,000 (w/o land)

 

Design Duration:

August 2012 to May 2013 = 260 days

 

Construction Duration:

Jun 2013 to January 2014 = 290 days

 

Clients:

Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (Financing)

Ragin’ Cajun Facilities Inc. (Owner)

 

Faculty Leads:

W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA, Professor

 

Other Faculty:

Jenny Kivett

 

Supporters and Donors:

Construction Associates (Contractor)

 

LA Solar Solutions

 

Students:

Nicholas Clesi

 

Abigail Comeau

 

Liran Timiansky

 

Barrett Bertrand

 

Jennifer Young

 

Daniel Ferg

 

(+ 20 other students during construction)

UL Lafayette School of Architecture and Design
PO Box 42811 . Lafayette, LA . 70504

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