The Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program (LOOP) engages local underserved youth in outdoor education and leadership programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park. The program partners with inner city schools and community agencies that serve students who are considered at-risk or Title I equivalent.  

LOOP identified a need for space for program expansion--their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage, or shaded gathering spaces. A new pavilion would allow LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work. After engaging LOOP staff to assess their needs, TCC|build students designed a pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for teaching and gathering before and after challenge course activities.

The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course and uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. The project received an AIA New Orleans Merit Award in the Divine Detail category in 2014.

Fall 2014



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Special Thanks To

Dash Lumber
Walter Zehner
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority


Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program (LOOP)
New Orleans City Park

Project Lead

Sam Richards
Emilie Taylor

Project Team

Dan Akerley
Madison Baker
Casey Bemis
Jose Cotto
John Coyle
Rachel Conques
Michelle Carroll
Maggie Easley
Ellen Hearle
Emma Jasinski
Kate Luxner
Sarah Satterlee
Meredith Zelenka