After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, Miss., it was been rebuilt on its original site with a high-performance design. Working with the city, museum board members, and the director of the museum, the H3 Architecture created a new vision for the complex, using precast concrete to achieve the aesthetics, economic, and performance the owners desired.
H3 Architecture, New York, NY, selected precast concrete panels for the exterior cladding because it provided the most economical and structurally appropriate material for the building. Precast concrete also met FEMA requirements for choosing flood-damage-resistant materials, while still meeting the project budget.
The design features a white precast concrete cladding meant to invoke memories of lap siding used in the factory cottages that once dominated the historic neighborhood. The large-format panel system, made casting a simple process, saving further time and money.
The museum provides a fitting, visible new home from which the museum can continue to preserve the history of the neighborhood, and serves as a symbol of resilience as the city continues to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
The project won a PCI Design Award for Best Government and Public Building in 2016.