Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Thursday, May 18

Hope Center Design Work Completed

ROCKWORKS Foundation, a charitable "construction-production" organization based in Los Angeles, has unveiled the architectural design "Rejuvenation" by Daniel Libeskind for the new Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast (BGCGC) HOPE Center. The charities are unified in their efforts to rebuild the devastated community of Forest Heights in Gulfport, which destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Rather than simply rebuilding a stand-alone Boys and Girls Club to replace the one destroyed, ROCKWORKS and its partners have come together to build a revolutionary new kind of community-based facility. "We want to rebuild and expand the Forest Heights facility to accommodate not only the needs of Forest Heights residents and their children, but also the surrounding community of North Gulfport," said Scott Kramer, executive producer at ROCKWORKS.

"HOPE" stands for "Home to Opportunity, Possibility and Empowerment." The HOPE Center concept is to expand its impact by combining the resources, programs and talents of several organizations into one location where people from across the community can come together. The new HOPE Center will cooperate with local community services to provide opportunities for additional community groups and organizations to augment the facility and its amenities.

Daniel Libeskind of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL) in New York City and local Gulfport architect Guild Hardy are providing architectural design services for the project. The concept design process has been completed by SDL. The next steps will be for Daniel Libeskind and Guild Hardy to identify materials that will allow the structure to not only serve day-to-day needs but also to investigate new materials and technologies that can provide the community shelter from future storms.


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