The city of New Orleans is in need of a symbol of stability and hope. The design proposal is for a New Orleans Water Treatment Facility that focuses on purification, reclamation and desalination processes. The facility will create a pure water supply that will be distributed into public circulation as well as be made readily available during natural disasters. A public works building such as this is important to the growth of the ever rebuilding city. In 2005, New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina causing flooding and destruction to a great majority of the city. Once the hurricane subsided the excess flood waters, full of pollutants and sewage, were pumped into Lake Pontcharain, adjacent to the city, contaminating this water resource and killing much of its wildlife. The city needs a feeling of security for the future; its residents need a feeling of comfort while rebuilding.
Thornton, Nicholas, "Community Infrastructure: a transformation of the New Orleans industrial canal" (2010). Architecture Theses. Paper 55.