One of New Orleans’ premier hotels, the Hilton Riverside supports 1,616 guest rooms, 130,000 SF of meeting/banquet space, 3 restaurants, 3 lounges, an art gallery, a health and fitness center and numerous shops.
In 1996 disaster struck when a cargo ship struck the low-rise portion of the hotel known as the Riverside. Portions of the building literally fell into the river.
Immediate, effective action was needed. Mr. Billes was called in to spearhead the effort to rebuild the damaged high-rise. Design team members included engineers, waterproofing experts, and contractors. The team coalesced to produce documentation necessary to begin the fast-track construction process. Mr. Billes’ involvement was crucial during the entire project to its reopening. In addition, the scope included work to the adjacent shopping mall, the parking garage and the wharf structure and platform.
Mr. Billes also directed his firm’s other projects for the Hilton Hotels; a master plan for the entire Hilton Riverside complex including projected expansion, and other design studies.