Docville Farm, located in St. Bernard Parish, is the Meraux Foundation’s headquarters with offices, meeting rooms, a boardroom, and areas available for use by the people of St. Bernard. Completed in only 7 months, the five-story Arlene Meraux River Observation Center is an 18,689 SF steel structure designed to look like a barn, consistent with the theme of its name. The building is built with many modern eco-friendly features such as photovoltaic panels, solar thermal, rainwater harvesting, and recycled materials. The project was competitively bid at the schematic design phase with four general contractors. Palmisano Contractors won the competition with the most aggressive schedule and a cost opinion almost 15% lower than the competition.
Rozas Ward Architects and the Meraux Foundation brought PC onto the team early in the process in a design assist role. Since completion of the AMROC, Palmisano has enjoyed a lasting relationship with our partners at the Meraux Foundation, completing several other projects and supporting the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in St. Bernard and the surrounding areas.
From the first test pile to the ribbon cutting ceremony, construction could not have gone more smoothly, and we are very happy with the results. The building was erected incredibly quickly, and visitors consistently share how impressed they are with how fast AMROC was built. In spite of the speed, the quality of building is excellent! Palmisano was outstanding in their workmanship, and their careful attention to detail is evident in the finished product.
-Rita Gue, President, Board of Directors, The Arelene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation
The AMROC provides an event and learning space for the people of St. Bernard, complete with an observation deck to enjoy views of the Mississippi River.