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Commercial | LANDIS CONSTRUCTION CO. LLC - JOIE DE VIVRE HOTEL

Creating
a Jewel

LANDIS IS BRINGING NEW LIFE TO A STRUCTURE
THAT WILL HOUSE A JOIE DE VIVRE HOTEL.
BY ALAN DORICH

T

eamwork is critical for Landis Construction Co. LLC. The
general contractor has "the right mix of driven and dynamic project team members and subcontractors to keep the
job on track and bring it in with a timely completion," Chief
Construction Officer Kyle Condon says.
The company is bringing that mix to a project for Slumber Corners
NOLA LLC in which it is converting the Rault Continental Center in
New Orleans into the Joie de Vivre Hotel. Landis Construction won
the $21 million project in February 2015 and aims to complete it this
October, he says.
"The 184-room hotel will offer guests a first-class dining experience within its first- and second-floor restaurant," Condon says.
The hotel also will feature bars on the first and second floors and its
rooftop, as well as corporate meeting spaces.
The rooftop area is a source of pride for the project team, he says.
"There's a great shortage in New Orleans of rooftop amenities,"
Condon says, noting that this is due to code requirement challenges.
"Through the work of a very skilled design team, the owner was able
to achieve this.
"Whenever we have a visitor, we go straight to the top and show
them the view," he says. "It's located in the central business district
of New Orleans, within walking distance to the courthouses and the
[Mercedes-Benz] Superdome."

Stretching Knowledge

Joie de Vivre Hotel will
» The
feature a restaurant, bars and
meeting spaces.

difficulty in trying to level and plumb the existing concrete floors
with the new exterior facades.
"The existing structure was anything but square or true at each
level," he says. "In order to create a precisely aligned façade, Landis
and Campo Architects designed a cantilevered structural steel plate
system that has allowed Landis and our subcontractors to install the
exterior envelope."
The design gives the building clean and square sight lines from
left to right and up to down. "Working with old structures is never
easy, but it provides you a chance to think outside the box and
stretch your construction knowledge," Project
Manager Bill Tomasak says. "In the end, I
think this will be a project that celebrates New
Orleans' laissez les bon temps roulez culture."

Landis Construction is implementing interior finishes for the hotel,
including painting, carpet, plumbing fixture trim-outs and decorative tile work. "The building will be a jewel for
the Crescent City to enjoy for years to come,"
Project Engineer Wes Lawhon declares.
But the age of the building has presented
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challenges to Landis Construction, Condon
* Project budget: $21 million
admits. The center, which was originally
* Location: New Orleans
constructed in 1967, was damaged in a fire
that broke out in a space occupied by a hair
* Peak employees: 110
salon in 1972.
* Scope: 184-room hotel wi
"There were deaths and the building
restaurant, bars and meeting
never really did recover from that," he
says, noting that the center repeatedly
changed ownership and was left to dete- Kyle Condon, chief construction officer
riorate. Landis Construction also has had

Landis Construction Co. LLC
- Joie de Vi e Hotel

Without Incident

paces

"Landis ... has transformed our
safety cu ure."

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Landis Construction has kept safe during the
project, which is an important focus for the
company, Condon says. "Landis, as a company,
has transformed our safety culture for the last
five years," he says.
"In the last year alone, we went the entire
year without any recordable safety incidents
or injuries," he says, noting that it received the


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