The Shop at The CAC

An artful co-working space for the creative professional.

The Shop is a 40,000SF comprehensive co-working development on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), one of the first spaces of its kind located within a museum. The Shop targets technology, arts, and cultural-based businesses and serves as a hub of entrepreneurship for 400 professionals in New Orleans’ rapidly developing Downtown innovation corridor.

Constructed in the early 1900s in a former shipping storage neighborhood, the building operated as the headquarters for K&B, a local drugstore and soda fountain.  The building was donated to the CAC in the 1970s and played an integral part in revitalizing the neighborhood as an arts district.  It had not been modernized since the 1990s and required renovations that were straining resources.  Palmisano’s client, Domain Companies, entered into an agreement with the museum to utilize state and federal tax credits to restore the building and bring the top two floors back into commerce.

The project scope included demolition and renovation of the 3rd and 4th floor warehouse space, topping slab on the 3rd floor, buildout of varied meeting space, and a roof deck.  Exposed existing conditions and structural elements reference the building’s history.  The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, open floor plan, and an architectural staircase that connects the 3rd and 4th floors.

The heart of The Shop is the commons area designed to facilitate conversation. It boasts a full kitchen, seating options, communal and recreational space.  The Shop’s amenities offer small businesses, entrepreneurs, and arts-based professionals the resources they need to grow.

Demolition and reconstruction activities of the 19,000SF adjacent warehouse included a topping slab, conditioned space, an operable partition for separation of spaces, new roll up doors, and additional storage space.

Our Approach

Palmisano delivered the project with award-winning architecture studio, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, via Design-Assist.

The scope of work include demolition and reconstruction activities of the 19,000 SF adjacent warehouse including a topping slab, conditioned space, an operable partition for separation of spaces, new roll-up doors and additional storage.

Additionally in the scope was the demolition and reconstruction a section of the 3rd and 4th floor office spaces, including a topping slab on the 3rd floor. The existing wood floors on the 4th floor were refinished and storefront entranced were provided to the offices.

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Awards

2018 American Architectural Award

American Architectural Awards

2018 Good Design is Good Business Award

Architectural Record

2018 AIA Design Award

AIA New Orleans

Bringing a Creative Space Back Into Commerce

The building was donated to the CAC in the 1970s and played an integral part in revitalizing the neighborhood as an arts district.  It had not been modernized since the 1990s and required renovations that were straining resources.  Palmisano’s client, Domain Companies, entered into an agreement with the museum to utilize state and federal tax credits to restore the building and bring the top two floors back into commerce. The space now offers small businesses, entrepreneurs, and arts-based professionals the resources they need to grow.

Bringing a Creative Space Back Into Commerce

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