Project Specs
Owner New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Square Footage 60,000
Start DateOctober 2013
Completion DateAugust 2014
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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts – NOCCA Forum

Project Overview

The New  Orleans Center for Creative Arts  (NOCCA) transformed a historic 1830s warehouse building into the NOCCA Forum for its Academic Studio program students. 

The renovated building has science laboratories, additional office areas for the NOCCA Institute, commercial kitchens for the Culinary Arts program, and more space for creative arts classes. The building also houses the school’s dining hall adjacent to a courtyard, a bakery, a butchery, a gallery displaying works by NOCCA students, Press Street Station (a public café), and about 6,000 SF of space for a commercial tenant. 

NOCCA, with students from multiple parishes throughout Louisiana, offers programs focused on the culinary arts, dance, media arts, filmmaking, audio production, music, drama, visual arts, and creative writing.

Financing  for the $26,600,000 project included the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits, new market tax credits and a Quality Zone Academy Bond along with monies raised by the NOCCA Institute. 

John C. Williams Architects designed the project.