Happy 40th birthday to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome! Gibbs Construction is proud to be a part of the Superdome’s history, having completed several projects at the iconic structure, including the construction of the Grand Staircase linking it to Champions Square, and the complete re-skinning of the building with those beautiful bronze panels. As Gibbs Construction approaches our own 40th birthday next summer, we salute the largest fixed dome structure in the world, New Orleans’ very own Mercedes-Benz Superdome!
Little Zion Baptist Church officially has steel framing! Gibbs Construction has wrapped up steel with fabricators and erectors last week. The area’s highly anticipated brick veneer church will hold up to 600 people in its 14,590 square feet. Proudly visible along Earhart Boulevard in New Orleans, this project is scheduled to be completed by March of 2016.
Gibbs Construction is proud to announce that 10 members of Team Gibbs received the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS®) designation this week. The main objective of COSS® is to equip employees who have safety and health responsibilities with the core competencies they must master to be successful in occupational safety and health. Unlike other safety designations, where there is no training involved, the curriculum-based format of the COSS® program involves hands-on, in-class, instructor-led training.
Congratulations to Mike Brossette, Dale Cavalier, Harley Johnson, Karl Landry, Ron Landry, Jeff Scott, James Kellum, Steve Murphy, Tony White, and Gene Viola on this achievement. Thank you all for your continued commitment to the safety of Gibbs Construction’s people and projects.
We are happy to announce that our very own Melissa Gibbs has been chosen to be recognized by the 16th annual City Business Women of the Year Award. Started in 1999, Women of the Year recognizes 50 women from the area whose success in business and contributions to the community stand out in the region. These women are classified as leaders who show energy in their ideas, achievements and commitment to excellence in the area. So mark your calendars to make sure you pick up an issue of CityBusiness that will run this insert on November 28, 2014. Congratulations Melissa, on this great triumph!
Melissa Gibbs | Business Development, SBE/DBE Outreach
On October 28, 2014 Gibbs Construction helped celebrate the ribbon cutting and building dedication to the home of the New Phillis Wheatley Elementary shcool. Patrick Dobard, Recovery School District Superintendent led the event which included the heartfelt performance of the 1st grade students, who sang “What a Wonderful World” and a poem read by 8th Grade student Kai Short.
The ribbon cutting honored the school success in opening the doors for 650 students ranging from pre-k to eighth grade. This state of the art educational facility, nestled within the historic New Orleans Neighborhood of Treme, points toward the vibrant rebirth of the area and brings a sense of cohesion to the community. This project was completed with FEMA funding as a part of the $1.8 billion School facilities Master Plan for the Orleans Parish Recovery School District. Throughout the course of the project several obstacles were encountered which impacted the finish date however through determination and teamwork the clients schedule expectations were exceeded. In addition, this project has been submitted to the USGBC in anticipation of achieving LEED Silver Certification.
Gibbs is proud to have touched the lives of our future, by being apart of the process to provide the students and faculty of the school a beautiful new home. One our very own Gibbs children, Alvin Smith, Son of Marketing and Business Development Administrator, Jodie Smith, attends the school.
Photo: Patrick Dobard surrounded by staff of the school and various offices who made this project possible.
After a months-long process of intense meetings and planning, including proposing, protesting and proposing again, Gibbs Construction is very pleased to announce that the New Orleans Aviation Board has awarded our joint venture Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro the Construction Manager at Risk contract for the initial phase of a new $546.5 million terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Gibbs has teamed with Hunt Construction of Indianapolis, and local contractors Boh Bros. Construction and Metro Service Group, to create Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro. Our team will begin a yearlong preconstruction phase right away, as we work towards our commitment to turn over a completed project by the target date of April 30, 2018, the year of the 300th birthday of the City of New Orleans.
In addition to creating an iconic building that reflects the modern and exciting upward trajectory the region has enjoyed since Hurricane Katrina, the project will provide a big boost to the New Orleans economy. At 650,000 square feet, the new terminal will be approximately half the size of the existing terminal, and will be more efficient to operate, cutting costs for maintenance, cleaning, heating and cooling. The new building will also be more efficient for travelers, offering consolidated security checkpoints and ticket counters. The two concourses with a total of 30 gates, and their stores and restaurants, will be connected behind security — a most welcome and updated post-9/11 design far removed from the cumbersome layout of the 55-year-old current terminal. The plans also include a 2000-space parking garage and related facilities, and allow for future expansion to a total of 43 gates.
The new terminal will enable the airport to further increase non-airline revenue from concessions, merchandise and other sales, and decrease airline costs by lowering the fees they pay per passenger. This shift makes New Orleans a more competitive market and will result in more flights in and out of MSY: a boon to economic development across all industries.
Our team is proud to have been entrusted with this historic project. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Aviation Board for selecting the HGBM team. We are also grateful to the many people of the New Orleans area who saw the importance of selecting the local team to undertake this work. We are eager to get started and to continue to work with the greater New Orleans community as we look to meet and exceed expectations.
Renderings Courtesy of Crescent City Aviation Team
Recently, the Archdiocese of New Orleans awarded Gibbs Construction the $18.7 million contract to replace a senior citizens’ apartment complex which was damaged by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in the Lower 9th Ward. Designed by Lachin Oubré & Associates Architects, the Villa St. Maurice project consists of both a historic renovation and the construction of a new building. The new building, a five-story apartment building with 77 one-bedroom units, is under way this week as the first test pile is driven. The renovation is an adaptive reuse of the historic convent for the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The convent, which dates back to 1899, will be repurposed as community spaces for the apartment complex including offices, a beauty parlor, meeting space, a computer lab and an exercise facility.
This project is part of the huge effort underway by the Archdiocese to repair or restore facilities for the senior citizen community of New Orleans.
Rendering Courtesy of Lachin Oubré & Associates Architects
St. Bernard Parish is shooting for the stars as continued efforts are being made to revitalize the area. Nine years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Gibbs Construction is scheduled to turn over the $19.7 million Maumus Center this fall. Designed by Waggoner & Ball Architects, the new center will give local students the opportunity to explore the Milky Way with a 4,000 square foot planetarium. The auditorium seats 72 for viewing the solar system projected from high-resolution equipment across a rotating dome.
Due to FEMA designation as a historical site, the new ultra-modern exterior will shelter the old details of the former Maumus High School. Large glass sheets and angular polished steel beams cover walkways and much of the façade; the center’s cylinder-shape planetarium is clad with steel panels. With humidity and termites as their worst enemies, designers and contractors faced challenges to restore the Greek-inspired trim. Original light fixtures have been restored and rewired, but unfortunately the original hand painted ceiling could not be saved. However, with much needed TLC, a good amount of the architectural charm remains.
Credits: The St. Bernard Voice – Chad M. West
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 2, 2014
Gibbs Construction was presented with three 2013 Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards and the Platinum Safety Training & Evaluation Process (STEP) Award by Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) New Orleans/Bayou Chapter at its annual ceremony, held November 14, at Crowne Plaza in Kenner, Louisiana. The competition recognizes the year’s outstanding regional construction projects.
Civic Theatre ($5M) won the Excellence in Construction Award for Historical Restoration/Renovation—Less than $25M. The project involved extensive restoration and renovation to the oldest theatre in New Orleans. The 1906 Beaux Arts style building, designated as a landmark by the Historic District Landmark Commission, received extensive plaster restoration as well as installation of a state-of-the-art staging, lighting/sound systems, and a modular floor system capable of multiple configurations depending on usage.
511 Marigny Apartments ($13M) won the Excellence in Construction Award for Multi-Family & Condominiums up to $100M. Located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, the 1905 building was once used as a hosiery factory and stood abandoned for many years before renovation. The project included extensive repair,restoration and modernization in order to repurpose the building into modern loft apartments. A custom rooftop observation deck with 360-degree views of the city was also constructed.
Judge Lionel R. Collins Elementary School ($13M) won the Excellence in Construction Award for Institutional—$10M-$25M. Located in Marrero, Louisiana, the school required complete renovation to the original historic schoolhouse, as well as new construction of six additional buildings, to serve as Montessori classrooms, a new administration building, kitchen, cafeteria and media room.
“These projects represent our team’s dedication to quality as well as the depth and diversity of our capabilities,” president Rob Wooderson said. “The commitment to solutions, teamwork, and service by all parties involved played an important role in their success. Good communication and collaboration among Gibbs, the design teams and the owners were also key to these successful projects.”
The ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter judging criteria includes contracted scope, project narrative, teamwork, overcoming challenges, safety, references, photographs of progress and supporting project materials. Gibbs Construction was also awarded the Platinum Safety Training & Evaluation Process (STEP) Award. The Platinum Level, awarded to Gibbs, is the highest level awarded. The 2013 award marks eleven years in a row that Gibbs has achieved this award of distinction for safety. The STEP program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors, and is administered by ABC. The program, which includes an application and a series of qualifications that must be met each year, is the benchmark by which companies verify their safety commitment and best safety practices. Gibbs Construction has entered Civic Theatre into the National ABC Excellence in Construction Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 11, 2014, at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.
For more information, visit www.gibbsconstruction.com or contact Susan Matherne at 504-733-4336. For more information about Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., visit www.abc.org.
Founded in 1976, Gibbs Construction is a leading Louisiana and Gulf Coast general contractor and design builder with annual revenues averaging $125 million. Gibbs provides services in the education, healthcare, historic restoration, renovation, industrial, hospitality, multi-family, military, office and retail markets. Recent Gibbs Construction projects include the regional award-winning design-build of The City of New Orleans Four Public Libraries, the nationally recognized redevelopment of the $87 million Marrero Commons Multi-Family Housing Development (formerly BW Cooper), and the national award-winning historic renovation of 1009 Poydras Street (Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Happy’s Irish Pub.)
Photo: Accepting the 2013 Excellence in Construction Awards at the November 14 ceremony for Civic Theatre, 511 Marigny Apartments and Judge Lionel R. Collins Elementary, as well as the 2013 Platinum Safety Award were (from left to right): Melissa Gibbs, Rob Wooderson, Keith Monnerjahn, Matt Moore, Lauren Gibbs, Ron Landry, Jeff Scott, Tabitha Guidry, Keith Esquerré, and Pete Bertucci.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 15, 2013
Gibbs Construction has hired Matt Moore as director of preconstruction. Moore comes to Gibbs Construction with 22 years of field construction and leadership experience. Previously, Moore was vice president and executive in charge at American Constructors, a large commercial general contractor in Nashville, Tennessee.
In his role with Gibbs, Moore will directly oversee successful completion of all preconstruction phases of projects including estimating, construction feasibility, value engineering, and design-build project management. Moore’s responsibilities will also include subcontractor relations, strategic planning and business development.
During his time at American Constructors, Moore managed the successful completion of over $300 million in construction projects in Tennessee and the southeastern United States, including 18 primary and secondary public schools, multiple private schools, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, university housing, libraries, and community centers.
Moore graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management.
“Gibbs Construction provides our clients with superior building expertise and customer service based on energetic, accountable, competent leadership. Matt embodies this mission, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Gibbs Construction team,” president Rob Wooderson said.
Founded in 1976, Gibbs Construction is a leading Louisiana and Gulf Coast general contractor and design builder with annual revenues averaging $125 million. Gibbs provides construction services in the education, healthcare, historic restoration, renovation, industrial, hospitality, multi-family, military, office and retail markets. Recent Gibbs Construction projects include the award-winning design-build of The City of New Orleans Four Public Libraries, the nationally recognized redevelopment of the $87 million Marrero Commons Multi-Family Housing Development (formerly BW Cooper), and the historic renovation of the Civic Theatre.
For more information, visit www.gibbsconstruction.com or contact Susan Matherne at 504-733-4336.
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