Planned Parenthood Constructs $4.2M Clinic; Engineers Selected for $615M Pump Station Build-out

Affordable healthcare is always needed, especially in areas with high poverty indexes, such as the Greater New Orleans Area. And that is exactly what is coming to New Orleans. Or rather, expanding.

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

Affordable healthcare is always needed, especially in areas with high poverty indexes. The good news for New Orleans is that Planned Parenthood is expanding its Crescent City presence.

The leading provider and advocate of reproductive healthcare in the U.S. has broken ground on a new facility. Currently located in a single-story single-family house at 4018 Magazine St., within 10 minutes’ walking distance of both Kindred Hospital and Community Care Hospital, the not-for-profit organization’s New Orleans chapter is constructing new space on an empty lot at 4636 S. Clairborne Ave., near the intersection of Clairbone and Cadiz streets.

The $4.2 million facility broke ground on May 22, reported WWL-TV. Upon completion–expected in 2014–the 7,000-square-foot state-of-the-art healthcare facility center will provide a full range of reproductive health services and education programming, cancer screenings and women’s health services.

In other news, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers named North American design firm Stantec as lead engineer and architect for a $614.8 million joint venture design/build contract on three permanent canal closures and pumps (PCCP) in New Orleans. The PCCP facilities are to be located near Lake Pontchartrain at the end of Seventh Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue Outfall Canals. Stantec will provide comprehensive integrated design services on all three PCCPs, including architecture, civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and controls design; project management; and construction support.

The project is set to break ground in fall 2013 and be completed in 44 months. Upon completion, the PCCP facilities will provide sustainable, long-term protection against heavy tropical rainfall and the 100-year storm surge event. The PCCPs set to be built with Stantec’s input will replace the existing interim closures installed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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