Public Works & Planning Center

courtesy Cress Lopresto Arch

Renovating a 1923 neo-gothic educational building on the National Register, the Baton Rouge Public Works & Planning Center was accomplished with the help of $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Energy to fund its sustainability goals.

courtesy Cress Lopresto Arch


Cress Lopresto Architects

Mechanical Engineer

Thompson, Luke & Assoc

Electrical Engineer

Craig Hebert Engineering

LEED Consultant

Chenevert Architects

Commissioning Agent

Thompson Building

Energy Solutions


Guy Hopkins Construction

MBD Construction, et al.

A LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction,

I served as Owner Representative / Project Manager for the LEED Certification of the PW&PC, coordinating with the Project Team to document various prerequisites and credits required, to achieve LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council.

The 53,000sf,  $7.1 million project created municipal offices for the Planning Commission, Architectural and Engineering Service Divisions, and a place for the public to visit for issues related to water and sanitation service.

Preserving 95% of the existing historic structure and envelope, including restored original wood floors and ornate masonry walls, all renovation materials were American-made, over 20% of recycled content, and almost all verified low-emitting materials.  New vintage-style replica windows are low-e double paned glass, allowing natural daylight into almost all workspaces.

Pictures, Drawings & Seal courtesy City of Baton Rouge / Parish of East Baton Rouge

High-efficiency, long-lasting interior and site LED lighting with self-adjusting light level sensors are powered completely by a rooftop solar photovoltaic panel array, earning maximum credits for On-Site Renewable Energy and Optimizing Energy Performance over 45%, expected to generate over $2 million in energy savings over 12-25 years


City of Baton Rouge / Parish of East Baton Rouge

Owner’s Representative / LEED Project Manager

Stephen M. Long, AIA, LEED AP BD+C