Design work begins on Houma wetlands center

Architects are expected to start work soon on a building that will house the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma.

The Courier reports ( New Orleans-based architecture firm Perez APC has 120 days under a contract to design Phase 1 of the center.

The educational center aims to teach students and adults about the plight of Louisiana’s eroding wetlands and the threats the loss pose to coastal communities Like Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes

Wetlands Discovery Center Executive Director Jonathan Foret is looking for money for construction to break ground on the project in early 2016.

Foret says the construction budget is about $400,000, short of the $1.3 million estimated Phase 1 price.

Foret says the project may be built in smaller pieces as money is available.

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