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by 10/12 Staff
10/12 Magazine / 05.01.2010
As a participating architect for Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation, Billes is playing a key role in the rebuilding of New Orleans under the guidelines of sustainability. Make It Right is not only devoted to rebuilding homes in the hurricane-devastated Ninth Ward, it functions as a unique laboratory for testing and implementing new construction techniques, technologies and materials that will make affordable, green, storm-resistant homes for Gulf Coast residents.
As of February 2010, three different home designs Billes contributed to the project had been built, all of which have earned a LEED Platinum certification. Billes is also the design firm behind the Superdome repairs, renovations at New Orleans' iconic French Market and renovations to the Ninth Ward's historic William Frantz Elementary School, where the plan includes a solar panel system on the roof ... more