McMain Locker Room: ESPN Rise Up

Woodward Design+Build was part of the volunteer team that completed a massive facelift for the athletic facilities at Eleanor McMain Secondary School in New Orleans. The story of that inspiring transformation was featured on Rise Up: New Orleans, an hour-long documentary that is part of ESPN Rise, the network’s initiative for high school athletics. The documentary premiered on Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm (Central) on ESPN.

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McMain was the first public school to reopen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Even though students and faculty returned and classes resumed, the high school’s athletic facilities remained in a state of disrepair and were severely in need of a makeover. Local companies including Woodward Design+Build, Moses Engineers Inc. and the architecture firm St. Martin Brown & Associates volunteered to help ESPN give the school new facilities that are second to none.

ESPN chose McMain for this project after consulting with the New Orleans Saints, a long-time client of Woodward Design+Build. The Saints play a major role in the documentary. In fact, students from McMain’s football team spent time training with Saints players and coaches at the Super Bowl champions’ state-of-the-art practice facility in Metairie, also built by Woodward Design+Build.

Woodward would like to thank all of the dedicated subcontractors that worked so hard to make this project a success.This team included Gallo Mechanical, All Star Electric, Hardin Construction, KMT, Zinsel Glass, Spiers Masonry and Woodward Millwork Group.

Project Information

  • Category
    Recreational & Sports Facility Construction
  • Owner
    Eleanor McMain Secondary School
  • Design
    St. Martin Brown & Associates
  • Size
    6,600 Square Feet
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    August 2010

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