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housing develop»A formerNew Orleans is being ment in converted into town homes. Bayou Transformation T BBL BUILDERS LEADS THE WAY IN THE REDEVELOPMENT OF A FORMER HOUSING PROJECT. BY JIM HARRIS the Bayou District development on the site of the former St. Bernard’s housing project, razed following damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. The new development has attracted some high profile visitors including HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, investor Warren Buffet and President Barack Obama. The first phase features 466 for rent town home and apartment units in 73 buildings with a distinctly New Orleans style over 10 city blocks. The project is the largest in BBL’s 20-year history, Senior Project Manager Stan Fulks says. “This is a huge feather in my cap personally, but we’re excited about it companywide,” he adds. “We always knew we could do a project like this; now we’re looking for the next big one.” Columbia Residential of Atlanta developed and manages the community. The architect of record is Broadmoor Design Group of Metairie, La.; the design architect is JHP Architecture/Urban Design of Dallas, and the landscape architect Wood + Partners of Hilton Head, S.C. The site is on a 99-year lease from the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The housing units are the first of a multiphase redevelopment. Additional housing and a senior living facility already have financing commitments. Other phases include the construction of a new playground, a sports park, a charter school, and retail. Three of the original apartment buildings have been preserved and will become a pre-school. Future phases have not yet been bid or awarded, Fulks says. he first phase of the transformation of a former 1940s public housing project in New Orleans into a community of affordable town homes and apartment units is now complete. General Contractor BBL Builders of Dallas recently finished work on the Columbia Parc at BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District • Project cost: $71 million • Location: New Orleans • Scope: Residential development “We always knew we could do a project like this; now we’re looking for the next big one.” –Stan Fulks, senior project manager Community Features The 466 units in the project include 157 public housing units, 160 tax credit units that can be rented using rental assistance vouchers, and 149 market-rate rental units. MARCH 2011 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM 129 Residential | BBL BUILDERS – COLUMBIA PARC AT THE BAYOU DISTRICT http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2011
Table of Contents
Social Media
Exploring BIM
Best Practices
Urban Construction
Building Growth
Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Wadman Corp.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kaback Enterprises
Hyder Construction
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Thor Construction
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
Merit Kitchens
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Last Look

Construction Today - March 2011