New Brusly High School

Brusly, Lousiana


OWNER: West Baton Rouge Schools

LEAD DESIGN FIRM: Fusion Architects

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Milton J. Womack Inc. General Contractor

CIVIL ENGINEER: B&A Engineering Services LLC



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Squeezed into a narrow tract of land 1,000 ft from the Mississippi River, the team building the $39-million New Brusly High School faced four hurricanes, 10 months of historically high river levels and a tornado that destroyed their structural steel fabricator’s shop. All of that was before COVID-19 introduced an entirely new set of challenges.

With rising river levels sending veins of underground water through the rear of the site, the team responded quickly with changes to the civil design. 

Brusly High School

Photo by Khrystina Steib

While building the 124,000-sq-ft high school, the team was tasked with simultaneously converting the existing Brusly campus into a middle school. The contractor operated multiple crews concurrently to finish the work in one summer.

Brusly High School

Photo by Khrystina Steib

Through seven-day workweeks and a unique collaborative approach to quickly resequence the schedule, the team regained much of the 183 days lost to weather and delivered the project on time.