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H/S Architects puts the finishing touches on 2017 and continues breaking ground in the new year

H/S Architects had another successful year in 2017, completing numerous projects, including several high-profile developments. Southeastern Louisiana University Science and Technology Building, Cambria Hotel & Suites New Orleans, Academy Place, 1400 Poydras Interior Completion for Ochsner Health Systems, Ochsner Pediatrics Clinic, Zemurray Park Master Plan, The Baltzell Building, and a special second home, The Bayou Blue Retreat House, were all completed in 2017.

Southeastern Louisiana University Science and Technology Building

Southeastern Louisiana University Science and Technology Building held its ribbon cutting this past November, with state and university officials in attendance, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, President of the University of Louisiana System Jim Henderson, Sen. Beth Mizell, state representatives Chris Broadwater, Robby Carter and Steve Pugh, Parish President Robby Miller, Mayor Pete Panepinto, University President John Crain and former president Randy Moffett.  The Science & Technology Building will house the new Engineering Technology program at Southeastern Louisiana University.

This facility is the result of a state capital outlay project and 10 years of planning.

Governor Edwards said, “this project has a connection to the recently announced DXC Technology move to bring digital transformation to New Orleans with a promise of 2,000 high paid jobs in the tech industry by 2025”.  Additionally, Rep. Chris Broadwater said, “this project is unique in many ways, even its design exposes the building’s systems to students so that they become familiar to how buildings work”.

The students who utilize this new facility for their courses may also be the ones who benefit from the creation of new IT jobs in Louisiana.

With some of the drop ceilings intentionally withheld in the industrial technology classrooms, students need only look up as the instructors can refer directly to the technology hanging overhead during their lectures.

Furthermore, many sustainable strategies have been integrated into the site design, such as water efficient native vegetation, transportation orientation tactics, and high albedo concrete material for the site paving and roof surfaces to reduce the heat island effect. Through recycling programs, built in controls for lighting and thermal comfort, reduced water usage facilities, and having 75% of the building being lit by daylight, the Science & Technology building will reduce energy consumption and cost and perform at a level above the norm.

General Contractor was Percy Matherne Contractors, Inc.

Cambria Hotel & Suites New Orleans

Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world's largest hotel companies, in collaboration with Fillmore Capital Partners and Fillmore Hospitality, opened the doors to Cambria Hotel & Suites New Orleans this past October. This 162-room upscale hotel is located in the Warehouse District. The hotel is just blocks from the French Quarter and the New Orleans Convention Center, and is adjacent to the central business district.

The property features contemporary on-site dining, serving a menu including local specialties and area craft beers. The property also includes 1,200 SF of meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Ron Silva, Fillmore Capital Partners president and CEO, said "New Orleans is a city of rich history and year-after-year one of the most popular U.S. cities for leisure and business. This new Cambria property is in a prime location where guests can truly experience all of this city's charm."  

Fillmore has now opened four Cambria hotels, and early 2018 will expand the brand to Nashville, with H/S Architects also the architect for this location.

General Contractor was Landis Construction.

Academy Place

Academy Place, a 103-unit senior housing development, held its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past October, with local leaders and representatives of Volunteers of America in attendance. With a location immediately adjacent to downtown Houma, this project is a complete renovation of the historic Houma Elementary School.

Forty-seven apartments are located in the now fully rehabbed historic 1931 former elementary school building, with an additional 56 apartments in a new three-story complementary building on the same site. This development brings a total of 103 much needed affordable senior housing.

The renovation meets The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and was developed in coordination with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office. The development is also certified with Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star 3.0 and incorporates many green building strategies including durable materials, Energy Star lighting and appliances, and energy efficient building components.

The revitalization of this historic landmark is a great asset to the successful rejuvenation of Downtown Houma. 

General Contractor was Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC.


The 1400 Poydras location in New Orleans was originally a major department store, then a make-shift medical clinic following Hurricane Katrina. After Ochsner Health Systems decided to expand, the building was transformed from a dated department store to Class A office space, allowing Ochsner to consolidate various departments which were previously located in multiple buildings.

The interior was gutted and rebuilt to house office space for 500 people. The three-floor buildout includes administrative offices, conference rooms, training rooms, and a 3-story glass atrium. H/S also handled all FF&E selections, as well as served as the move coordinator for this 10-phase project that was completed in August of 2017. 

General Contractor was Woodward Design+Build.

Ochsner Pediatrics Clinic

This project involved the conversion of (3) independent commercial lease spaces into a single combined unit to accommodate the new 4,500 SF Ochsner Pediatric Clinic. The overall project from Start to Finish of Design to Construction was executed in 120 days and completed in August 2017. The project was an incredible success, and the user agency was ecstatic with the results and the time frame in which they were achieved. 

General Contractor was Clement Construction.

Zemurray Park Master Plan

Completed this past December, the Zemurray Park Master Plan charts a new vision and roadmap for the redevelopment of Zemurray Park in the City of Hammond for the next 20 years.

The 33-acre park’s proximity to downtown, its history, and now its new redevelopment vision, will create a place that provides activities that will enhance all of Hammond’s citizen’s quality of life.  The new Master Plan vision focuses on park accessibility, new and improved amenities, convenient parking, along with enhanced park security. The Master Plan and its recommendations are a bold new vision for what the planners call “Hammond’s City Park,” a Park for all of Hammond’s citizens.

The Master Plan Final Report can be found on our H/S website.

The Planning Team also consisted of Master Planning Consultant, Roy T. Dufreche and Associates, LLC

The Baltzell Building

The Baltzell Building, a mixed commercial and residential development, was first built in the late 1800’s and is located on what was referred to as the “Baltzell Block” in the historic downtown of Hammond, La. One of the last truly historic buildings in the downtown area to be renovated, the Baltzell Building was converted into seven townhomes, two lofts, and one commercial space. The renovation of the Baltzell Building will help to foster the expansion of Hammond’s downtown in the southerly direction. Completed February of 2017, this project has already inspired a new development that is currently in the works for the corner southeast of the Baltzell Building. 

General Contractor was D&H Quality Construction.

Bayou Blue Retreat House

Completed this past August, the Bayou Blue Retreat House is located on an approximately 3.75 acre site adjacent to a canal that ties into nearby Bayou Blue in South Louisiana’s “Bayou Country”. The aesthetic of the house is one of modern, clean, and simple design. The house incorporates several active and passive sustainable strategies that increases the energy efficiency of the house. 

General Contractor was Brupbacher Construction.

What to expect in 2018...

Already geared up to be another successful year, 2018 will see the completed construction of Southeastern Louisiana University Student Housing, Delgado River City Campus, Cambria Hotel & Suites Nashville, and 200 Downtown, a mixed-use development in Hammond, LA. Here’s to another great year!

Clients who choose Holly & Smith Architects experience a design process informed by open dialogue, confidence and collaboration. As a regional design firm with offices in New Orleans and Hammond, La., we have the depth to handle the most demanding projects while our leadership team remains intimately involved from conception to completion. Contact us to see if we’re the right choice for your project.

Holly & Smith Architects, APAC
208 North Cate St. / Hammond LA 70401 / 985.345.5210
2302 Magazine St. / New Orleans LA 70130 / 504.585.1315


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