HRI Properties awarded a contract to Palmisano Contractors for the new construction of a 207-room hotel under the Homewood Suites flag. The entire structure, including all walls and floors, is formed from pre-cast concrete panels. Each suite of the 156,000 square foot four-story building features a fully-equipped kitchen and separate areas for living, working, and sleeping. Other amenities include a central courtyard and swimming pool, meeting rooms, and a fitness room.
An electrical supply warehouse previously occupied the site on an entire block near the edge of the historic French Quarter. Demolition of the existing building started in November 2015. After demolition, the overall construction of the project was completed in 14 months, opening to the public in March 2017.
The design-build approach Palmisano took to this project allowed us to navigate a big switch halfway through, when the design landed on a precast concrete structure in lieu of a wood-framed one as was originally planned. Site logistics were complex because the structure takes up an entire city block, so scheduling and deliveries for this building had to be coordinated well in advance. We worked smarter to build better, and overcame these challenges. Our partnership mentality dictated that we deliver cost savings back to the owner when we completed the project under budget.
“I also want to thank the entire Palmisano team for their excellent performance throughout this project. The construction of the Homewood Suites is the perfect example of a successful Owner/Contractor team working as partners to achieve success. We deal with many contractors on projects not only in New Orleans but throughout the country, and I have to say Palmisano is at the top of our list!”
– Wayne Clement, Sr., President, HCI Construction, LLC
“’Today’s traveler is seeking authentic experiences,’ said HRI president and chief operating officer, Tom Leonhard…”
Palmisano worked closely with the New Orleans Historic Districts Landmark Commission on this project to replace the WB Allen building and help revitalize the former Iberville public housing complex.