“Palmisano’s culture, along with the company’s goals to build a better world and leave a lasting impact on the community, are what drew me in and make me want to stay and grow here. The team dynamic I have experienced this Summer is incredible, no one is above any task. My mentors at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion project at NOMA, Joe Yenni and Erin Comeaux, didn’t treat me like a typical intern. They gave me real challenges with real consequences. I learned the importance of building lasting relationships with clients and partners. The internship program exceeded my expectations. I’ve gotten a true holistic experience interacting with team members from the CFO to the field team. Looking back, the only slightly bad memory was when I tried to trek through a lagoon at the Sculpture Garden site and instead got stuck in knee-deep mud in front of Ownership and Architects. It was pretty embarrassing at the time, but I can laugh about it now.” – Christopher Dupré, Operations Intern
About the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion
In February 2018, Palmisano began work on the six-acre expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion at the New Orleans Museum of Art. NOMA’s initiative to expand the sculpture garden enables the museum to continue sharing significant art and artists with the broadest possible public. The anticipated completion in early 2019 signifies an important benchmark within a year of New Orleans’ tricentennial celebrations. The expanded sculpture garden will have sites for new sculpture works, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre and stage, pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery, and an outdoor learning environment.
A new lagoon system will be a central element of the expansion, and was carefully planned with sustainability in mind. State-of-the-art water and soil management practices and preservation strategies ensure the health and resiliency of the landscape and set the bar for water-quality improvement efforts throughout the park.