Woodward Design + Build
INSIDE THE INDUSTRY: COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING
(clockwise from top) Lauren Marshall (Director of Diversity and Inclusion), Ken Flower (President), Riley Kennedy (Director of Organizational Development), Lane Louque (Sr. Vice President of Operations), Sean Tynan (Chief Financial Officer), and Chris Michel (Vice President of Preconstruction)
Woodward Design+Build was founded in 1923 on the principle that to achieve the best result, architect and builder must have a meaningful partnership. Nearly one hundred years later, the firm, named after its founder Carl E. Woodward, remains an industry innovator dedicated to collaboration and new ways of thinking throughout the building process.
To maintain their reputation of delivering the best results for their clients, Woodward’s team is of paramount importance. This team is built and fostered by CEO Paul Flower and President Ken Flower. Since 2016, Ken has focused on improving his team and the firm’s delivery to customers. He led the firm through a leadership reorganization, which developed the roles of Vice President of Pre-Construction Services and Senior Vice President of Operations. They work to ensure each project is designed, planned and executed in a detailed and efficient style that has come to be a Woodward hallmark.
The firm, which includes design, engineering, construction managers and craftspeople, is deeply invested in developing its current staff as well as recruiting high-potential talent through various local workforce development initiatives, internships, local universities and HBCUs. Woodward leaders believe encouraging diverse perspectives in both the office and the field is key to providing high-quality start-to-finish service for their clients.
Currently, Woodward’s largest project is renovating the World Trade Center into the Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel & Residences. This project provides the opportunity for Woodward to engage with local, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in an innovative, meaningful way. Woodward will continue to partner with qualified DBE subcontractors, ensuring these vital businesses access to opportunities for growth.
1000 South Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-822-6443 · woodwarddesignbuild.com