Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy, the organization has since expanded to help families in underserved communities across the country.
Abandoned for over 13 years, the Bancroft School has been transformed from a decaying eyesore into LEED Platinum housing that anchors the project as a model for change in a blighted neighborhood. In addition to fifty new rental units, adaptive reuse has resulted in a host of other new shared amenities including an auditorium, gym, computer lab, and community gardens. In addition to the 75-kilowatt solar array installed on the roof, the structure features high-performance windows and daylighting techniques to maximize energy efficiency. Bancroft’s original oak flooring was restored wherever possible.
“Bancroft signals a catalytic shift in community revitalization,” said Bob Berkebile of BNIM Architects. “This effort has already resulted in a remarkable reduction in crime and increase in hope.” Totaling $14.3 million in costs, the Bancroft School Apartment project was funded by various private donors as well as federal and state low-income housing and historic preservation tax credits.
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