After the successful completion of the Advocate New Orleans, owner John Georges once again chose to partner with Palmisano, this time to bring a historic French Quarter project to life. Located at 211-215 and 217-219 Royal Street, the project involves renovating two interconnected buildings for mixed-use including 20 residential units, ground floor retail space, and a private event space.
The two, four-story buildings each date back to the late 1800’s and are located directly across from the iconic Hotel Monteleone. This particular block of Royal Street was once known as, “Furniture Row,” and was home to stores carrying fine retail furnishings imported from the Northeast and France. In fact, the 211 Royal address most recently served as a Hurwitz Mintz furniture showroom, making this Palmisano’s second historic renovation/adaptive reuse project involving a former Hurwitz Mintz property. May & Ellis, completed in 2016, was the first.
Major project highlights include the addition and buildout of a fifth-floor for two penthouses, a substantial structural challenge with 140-year old buildings. Two stairwells are being added along with a one completely new elevator and one utilizing an existing elevator shaft. Additionally, new MEP systems are being installed, and floors are being reinforced, tied together, and leveled.
Palmisano is working in a Design-Build capacity to deliver the project with award-winning architecture firm, Studio WTA.
The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.
The location of the project site on a busy block of Royal Street in the French Quarter makes it challenging to coordinate material delivery, load-in, and load-out. Palmisano’s solution was to use first floor of the building as a lay down area for materials so that the street can remain as clear as possible, minimizing disruption to local businesses including the Hotel Monteleone. To further limit disturbance to neighbors and hotel guests, the team aims to schedule deliveries in the morning, and notifies area businesses of all significant construction activities such as road closures.
Value Engineering efforts have included reworking the design to decrease the unit count so that every unit has an exterior facing window, eliminating the need for interior light wells. This adjustment offered cost savings and allowed the team to keep the project within budget.
Multiple changes to the project’s design required rounds of approval from government agencies. With a Partnership Mentality, the Palmisano team navigated the City approval process and facilitated communication between agencies and stakeholders.