New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Linear Park
With over 1 million square feet of exhibit space, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOCC) is an essential backbone for business and tourism in the city. Landis was selected as the general contractor on the Linear Park project, which is part of a comprehensive plan to revitalize an essential part of the city through a new development on a 47-acre tract and significant visual and functional improvements to the area around Convention Center Boulevard. The park's project site spans Convention Center Blvd. from Poydras St. to Henderson St. It includes demolition of the existing roadway, removal and replacement of utilities, building the new roadway profile and pouring 15,000 cubic yards of concrete. Sidewalks, curbs, and ADA-compliant ramps are also being installed on the site. The project, which represents the largest single private investment in New Orleans since 1984 World's Fair, will improve the site with green space, a tree-lined pedestrian plaza, area for outdoor events, public art displays, bike lanes, sleek overhangs, fountains, sidewalks, curbs, ADA-compliant ramps, and more. To address drainage concerns, the project incorporates stormwater management features, including an underground Silva Cell system with modular pavement framework to absorb and naturally treat stormwater, and then redistribute the water to surrounding trees. Because Convention Center Boulevard is a major downtown artery, one of the construction challenges has been to maintain access for motorists so they can still use the roadway while work is underway. Landis has also carefully coordinated with regulatory agencies such as the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board and Entergy to work around existing utilities, both underground and above grade.