Palmisano is working in a Design-Build capacity with architects, Office of Jonathan Tate, on the expansion of renown antiques store, M.S. Rau Antiques. By purchasing two adjacent buildings and combining them with the existing location at 630 Royal Street, the 105-year-old business will double its showroom space to 36,500 square feet and triple its storefront imprint along the 600 block of Royal Street.
With carriage entrances, arched openings on the ground floor, and French doors with well-detailed transoms on the upper floors, the two identical three-story brick buildings, located at 616-618 and 622-624 Royal are almost perfect examples of 1800’s Creole architecture. In a Times-Picayune article published in 1964 surveying the property, the buildings were cited as, “among the finest buildings in the Vieux Carre.”
Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2019.
Palmisano maintains a Partnership Mentality to with both the project architect and owner to overcome scheduling and design challenges and provide solutions. Strategies employed by the team to ensure the project is successfully delivered on-time and on-budget are daily huddles with Project Managers and Superintendents, pull-planning with a three week look ahead, milestone planning, and master scheduling managed in P6. Subcontractors are involved in pull-planning efforts creating greater accountability. Value Engineering efforts have included salvaging and repairing original courtyard pavers and refurbishing original doors and shutters.
Antiques King Rau of New Orleans ready for a royal expansion
The French Quarter’s Royal Street is highly trafficked by tourists and locals alike, and is home to multiple retail storefronts. To minimize disruption to the area, large deliveries and debris hauls are scheduled between 6-10am, before neighboring businesses open their doors. Additionally, the Palmisano team notifies area businesses of any street closures and potentially disruptive activities, and maintains open lines of communication allowing neighbors to voice concerns and ask questions. To ensure the safety of passersby, appropriate scaffolding has been installed so that sidewalk traffic can still walk through and police details are secured as needed.
When complete, the expanded M.S. Rau Antiques gallery will offer a one-of-a-kind retail experience to the hundreds of thousands of individuals that pay visit to the French Quarter annually.