Hotel management and construction company NewcrestImage has announced plans to renovate the former ODECO Building — named for its original tenant, the Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company — into the first-ever dual-branded SpringHill and TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Louisiana. The two separate brands will be separated by floors, with one shared lobby and complimentary breakfast area.
J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center
On Nov. 15, United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for its new J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center, a partnership with the City of New Orleans’ Network for Economic Opportunity to provide access to a coordinated collaboration of employment and financial capability services through workforce development partners and UWSELA. The center is located at 2515 Canal Street.
Modernist Cuisine Gallery
Photographer, chef, scientist and author Nathan Myhrvold opened his second Modernist Cuisine Gallery at 305 Royal Street on Nov. 13., just months after opening his first-ever gallery in Las Vegas. The 1,745-square-foot gallery will sell limited edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold. This will be the second gallery in the world to solely display and sell food photography by a single artist.
Designer lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger opened at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk® on Nov. 9. The store joins other regional outlet locations in Gonzales, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi.
Formed this year through a merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Virginia-based firm DXC Technology will open a New Orleans office at a yet-to-be-determined date. The office will employ an estimated 2,000 people with average salaries of $63,000. Officials called the news the single largest jobs announcement in the city’s modern history.
Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center Expansion
On Nov. 9, representatives of Ochsner Health System and New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owners Gayle and Tom Benson officially broke ground on a multimillion-dollar expansion of the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center — Jefferson Highway. The addition, the result of a $20 million gift from the Bensons, will double the size of the cancer center, increasing capacity to offer more high-quality services and advanced clinical research, making it one of the leading comprehensive destinations for cancer care across a multi-state region.