Maumus Science Center set for 2014 completion dateApr 26th, 2013 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Top Story
One of the most exciting post-Katrina renovations, the Maumus Center in Old Arabi, is moving along nicely
and should be completed by the end of 2014.
Once completed, the $15 million FEMA funded project will be a state-of-the-art hands-on Science Learning Center for the St. Bernard Parish School system. Schools will utilize the Maumus center in conjunction
with the parish’s science curriculum, focusing on the region’s ecology and the environmental issues. The Center will house a number of exhibits and science labs. But the focal point of the new Maumus Center will be the planetarium, housed in a newly constructed 4,000 square foot building addition.
“We’re very excited about this project,” said Superintendent Doris Voitier. “The interactive science exhibits and planetarium will all feature the latest in technology.”
The original two story wood-framed and brick building was constructed as Arabi Elementary School, and was renamed Maumus High in 1931, the only high school in St. Bernard until 1955. A two story addition
was built north of the original building circa 1947 and joined to it with an arched breezeway bringing the total square footage of the complex to 30,000 square feet on the two acre site.
“They’re also doing a great job preserving the historic features of the building,” said Voitier. “We should be done by the end of 2014.”