Client: State of Louisiana
Cost: $166 million
Completion Date: 2007
Billes Partners was responsible for the interiors of the high-profile Club level lounges in the Louisiana Superdome.
While being a fast-track delivery, the project involved extensive documentation of damage, assessment, design and coordination with numerous oversight agencies including the State of Louisiana, FEMA, insurance underwriters, and consultants across the United States. During Hurricane Katrina the Superdome was utilized as an evacuation center, but soon became an international symbol of despair and chaos. Repairing the monumental building was arguably the “poster-child” project for New Orleans recovery, with Phase I culminating on schedule with the nationally-televised New Orleans Saints season-opening game on September 25, 2006. With performances by international stars Green Day and U2 the game became a statement and a tremendous success for the city’s recovery efforts.
The economic impact of a facility within a downtown metro area capable of hosting numerous large-scale events is vital to growth and development. The completion of Phase I and the ongoing work of Phase II continue to sustain that growth and development.