Construction Begins On New Palmisano Headquarters
NEW ORLEANS – Palmisano, a South Louisiana commercial and civil construction firm, broke ground Wednesday, March 22, on its new headquarters located along the New Orleans riverfront at 1730 Tchoupitoulas St.
The larger office space is necessary to accommodate Palmisano’s growing workforce, which is nearing 100 employees, company reps said. The company, which began when Wes Palmisano transitioned his family’s residential construction business into a commercial firm, continues to grow by focusing on innovative, cutting edge technology and by providing creative solutions to their clients building needs, reps said. In 2016 Palmisano had $96 million in revenue with more than $100 million in revenue anticipated for 2017.
Palmisano’s new headquarters, a 30,200 square foot two-story office building, will include an open work flow concept with minimal offices, multiple small and large conference rooms, a large outdoor terrace, green space, an in-house gym and yoga studio as well as a separate area for cross fit. The large, open work spaces with minimal closed-door offices will allow the company’s cross functional teams to work in a collaborative environment, reps said. A large training room will house Palmisano University, the company’s employee development program. Just as the company does at its current location in the Warehouse District, Palmisano will continue to provide daily individual and group workouts for employees during office hours, at no cost to the employee.
CEO Wes Palmisano picked the location on Tchoupitoulas Street because of the proximity to downtown, with easy access to the interstate, ample parking for employees and guests and a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. “We’re taking advantage of the river views with a second-floor terrace,” said Palmisano. “An employee lounge and café will lead out onto the terrace. It will be a great place for employees to eat, socialize and take in the views.”
Palmisano partnered with architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to deliver the building through an innovative and modified design-build delivery method, which is the same process Palmisano follows on the majority of their work, reps said. The exterior aesthetic will complement the neighborhood, while the interior will highlight raw materials associated with construction sites including steel, exposed wood and concrete.
“It has been a pleasure working hand-in-hand with the Palmisano team to develop a design that supports their work culture and mission, said Steve Dumez, principal at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. “This project clearly represents Palmisano’s approach to quality and will result in an environment that supports team collaboration and social interaction.”
“We’re proud to be one of the first major developments to break ground in this area, which is highly coveted real estate yet remains underdeveloped,” said Palmisano. “We hope to be the spark that brings other developments to this section of the riverfront.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2017.
Rendering of the new Palmisano headquarters at 1730 Tchoupitoulas St.