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JCC Unveils New Look!

On November 11, 2017, the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue debuted their new look during their annual fundraiser gala, and celebrated the completion of their Capital Campaign Expansion. This summer, the first phase of renovations opened Oscar J. Tolmas Aquatic Complex which included a competition 25 meter lap pool, family recreation pool, and toddler splash pool. The Goldring Woldenberg Sports and Wellness Complex was fully opened this fall and features a new indoor therapy pool for year round swimming, along with a new 3- story fitness space including cardio studio, cycling studio, personal training room, group exercise room, yoga, and pilates rooms. The early childhood program was also expanded in the addition with two new classrooms.

The addition sought to complement the original modernist 1966 Curtis and Davis building as well as later additions. A brickwork relief featured on the Leontine side makes reference to the familiar textured brick and mortar of the main building. The 14,000 sf addition also left in place the iconic blue-and- yellow post-modern curved glass enclosed elements while creating new and distinct fitness and education center entrances. We are so proud to have partnered with the JCC and its staff especially Executive Director Leslie Fischman. We hope the expansion will contribute to a healthier New Orleans. .

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"Xplore" Our Interiors! 

In 2017, Xplore Federal Credit Union in One Shell Square moved from the Plaza level to the first floor and reduced its footprint from around 6,500 sf. to 1,800 s.f. The suite had one existing large space and two smaller rooms in the back. Existing finishes were 2x4 acoustical ceiling tile, carpet floor and purple walls. The owners requested the new space to feel very open, light and modern.

They wanted free standing millwork for use as the teller stations and wanted one glass office for the Branch Manager. Besides the teller millwork, they wanted custom millwork for the check writing station, Virtual Bank teller and millwork to hold all credit card machines, check printers, etc. Existing ceiling height was 8’-10” and could not be raised because of existing equipment, so we defined spaces by adding soffit clouds above the tellers, and adding a glowing LED light at the soffits edge to break up the large room and give it focal points. The remaining ceiling was new 2x2 Acoustic ceiling tile with new LED 2x2 lights in a very cool temperature. Existing stone floor border needed to stay so we chose a wood look luxury vinyl plank and butted it up to existing border with a metal trim piece. Walls were painted a stark white and materials for custom millwork are white quartz countertops and gloss white plastic laminate sides with accents of aged metal look plastic laminate.

The glass office is RACO sliding innovations in clear anodized aluminum with a sliding door. One of the back rooms is their break room with a small seating area and a wire cage for their IT rack. The other back room is their cash room and will have an ATM installed in the window facing St. Charles Avenue.

We met the owners in early April and came up with a few space plans, but did not get the go ahead to start project until late June, with notice that they had to be moved in by First of October. Engineers were Huseman & Associates and were engaged June 26 and the CD set went out on July 20. Emory Bird was the General Contractor and was able to get it done and punch list occurred on September 27, 2017- ahead of schedule!.

 

 
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NOELA Community Health Center Now Open!

Located at 13085 Chef Menteur Highway, the $2.3 million, 9,000-square-foot New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center combines two existing pediatrics and general care clinics with the goal of serving a larger population of those in need. The clinic can serve about 8,000 patients and offers primary care, OB/GYN, mental health and behavioral services, and a nutritionist.

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Place St. Charles Streetscape Receives Louisiana ASLA Merit Award

The Place St. Charles Streetscape won a Merit Award in the "Urban design project in the built environment" category of the annual Louisiana Professional Awards competition, held by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Carlos M. Ayala Stock Trading Room Opens at Loyola University 

The Carlos M. Ayala Stock Trading Room at Miller Hall opened last fall to much enthusiasm from students.  Located in a prominent corner of the building, the trading room is a tribute to the advancements in Loyola's finance program.  The addition includes elements such as curved glass storefront addition, metal paneling sun control devices, ticker tape reader board and LCD screens.

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U.S. Freedom Pavilion Featured in New Orleans Magazine 

The U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center is featured in New Orleans Magazine's Best New Architecture: 5 Blueprints to Excellence.  The article describes the newest addition to the National World War II Museum campus as "already one of the most memorable spaces in the city and a landmark from the bridge approach as well."

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Renovation of Baker Donelson Featured in Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

The extensive use of stone throughout the renovated offices for Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine.  Mathes Brierre designer Vicki Cusimano spoke with the publication about the client's vision and the positive feedback the renovation has received from the client as well as other tenants in the building.
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Grand Opening of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion

See Tom Brokaw give a sneak peek of the U.S. Freedom Pavilion on the Today Show HERE.  Listen to NPR highlight the new "What Would You Do?" Exhibit in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion at the National World War II Museum HERE.

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Thomas Hall's Leed certification featured in Building Design+Construction

The renovation of LEED Gold Certified Thomas Hall was featured in the January issue of “Building Design & Construction” Magazine.

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The U.S. Freedom Pavilion Opens Sunday, January 13, 2013 

The U.S. Freedom Pavilion: Boeing Center is the newest exhibition pavilion at The National World War II Museum.  The U.S. Freedom Pavilion, opening Sunday, will showcase several large artifacts integral to the Allied victory, including a restored Boeing B-17G “Flying Fortress.”  Other iconic aircraft mounted in the Pavilion are the B25J Mitchell Bomber, the TBM Avenger, the P51, the Corsair F4U and the SBD Dauntless.  Click HERE for a time lapse video of the planes being assembled and raised.

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Ellis Marsalis Center and Musician's Village included in National Building Museum Exhibit

The National Building Museum exhibition "House & Home" features the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and Musician's Village.  Click here to see a video from the exhibition exploring the history of the Musician's Village.
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Thomas hall Featured as outstanding renovation

Loyola University Thomas Hall is featured as an Outstanding Renovation/Modernization in the 2012 American School & University Architectural Porfolio issue, which showcases the best in education design. See link below for full article.

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MBA Participates in Rebuilding Together

MBA employees participated in Rebuilding Together New Orleans’ annual October Build, working on a home on St. Roch Street in the Ninth Ward.  October Build is an annual event organized by Rebuilding Together New Orleans that takes place over two weekends in the fall when volunteers from various organizations gather to repair and restore the existing housing stock of the city in order to bring homeowners back to their homes.  More than 20% of the MBA staff contributed to provide 180 man-hours over two weekends.

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Thomas hall is certified leed gold!

Loyola University New Orleans' Thomas Hall achieved LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Thomas Hall is one of only a few renovations of historically significant buildings in the State of Louisiana to achieve LEED Gold. The Thomas Hall renovation obtained LEED points for energy and water efficiency, alternative transportation, construction waste management, enhanced indoor environmental quality, and innovation in the design process.

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MBA wins "Best Representation of Theme" at this year's Canstruction

On June 6, 2012, awards were presented for Canstruction New Orleans, the anual competition where local architecture firms compete to design and build structures made of canned food. All non-perishables used to create the structures will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. This year's theme was 10,000 Reasons to Love Louisiana.
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The National WWII Museum Holds Ceremonies to Highlight Construction of Two New Pavilions 

Construction is already underway on both the United States Freedom Pavilion and the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion, and officials at the National World War II Museum held ceremonies on Thursday, March 22, 2012, to highlight the two additions to the Museum.
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Restoration of City Park Peristyle Underway

Mathes Brierre assisted with plans to restore the Peristyle, the century old landmark in City Park.  The restoration includes repairs to the ceiling, columns, and lion statues and a new LED lighting system which will allow for seasonal displays.
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American sector restaurant featured in ad for cambridge architectural

Cambridge Archcitectural manufactured the mesh "wave" ceiling in the American Sector Restaurant at The National World War II Museum.

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Offices for Baker Donelson Featured in FreshDirtt

The recenlty completed renovation of the offices for Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Place St. Charles was featured in the International monthly newsletter, FreshDirtt.
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Jared hueter to act as Regional Associate Director for the Gulf States Region

MBA colleague Jared Hueter will act as the Regional Associate Director for the Gulf States Region for the National Associates Committee of the American Institute of Architects.  This is a two year position.  

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precast design award for WWII Museum

Phase IV of The National World War II Museum Expansion received a Design Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for the innovative use of precast panels.

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Thomas hall becomes front door of loyola university

After an extensive renovation, Thomas Hall finally opened its doors to the university community and the public. The building, one of the oldest on Loyola's campus, formerly served as a residence hall and chapel for the Jesuits but now houses the Offices of Admissions, Student Records, the Bursar, Financial Aid and Student Finance as well as a visitor center. The renovated building will seek LEED certification.

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August 25, 2011: Grand Opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

We are excited to announce that the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at Musician's Village is complete. Grand opening festivities take place on August 25, 2011. The venue includes a state-of-the-art recital hall as well as recording studios and rehearsal facilities. See Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis talk about the new Ellis Marsalis Center for Music here
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muses is the first leed silver Multi-family development in New Orleans

The Green Architecture and Building Report highlighted green builidng projects in New Orleans, including The Muses Apartments, which will become the first LEED NC-Silver multi-family residential development in the city.

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The American Sector Restaurant Design Receives Award

Metal Architecture Magazine awarded Voorsanger Mathes, L.L.C. with a design award for the "silver waves" woven metal ceiling at the American Sector Restaurant.  The restaurant, part of The National World War II Museum expansion, has been a big success since it opened in late 2009.

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MaForRes is Anchor of New Federal City Development

The Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters at Federal City was completed in May 2011.  It now serves as the anchor of the Federal City development which will continue to grow with the additon of both millitary and private sector uses.
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The National World War II Museum Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Restoration Pavilion

The National World War II Museum dedicated the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion on June 4, 2011.  The Restoration Pavilion, designed by Mathes Brierre Architects, currenlty houses a WWII PT boat while it undergoes restoration.  Designed to give passerbys a behind-the-scenes view, the glass facade will allow visitors to watch as the PT boat and future projects are restored.
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muses receives the president's award of Excellence

The Landscape Design for The Muses Apartments in New Orleans, which was designed to meet LEED standards for sustainable design, was awarded the President's Award of Excellence by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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The Future of Work: New Orleans 2030

Newsweek asked Mathes Brierre, along with two other firms, to envision the city of New Orleans in 2030 in four component areas: home, work, recreation, and communte.  Mathes Brierre was awarded an Honor Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the project.
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Modernization of Fleming Hall at Jackson Barracks awarded Best Renovation/Restoration

South Central Construction featured the Modernization of Fleming Hall at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans as Best Renovation/Restoration of 2010.
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Mathes Brierre Architects designs new athletic complex for Jesuit High School

Construction of the new athletic complex on Airline Highway will give the school a permanent location to practice and compete.


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Monroe library still one of the best

The Princeton Review ranked Loyola's Monroe Library seventh on its list of the best college libraries, and CampusGrotto.com named Loyola's Monroe Library to its list of the top 25 most beautiful college libraries.
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The Times-Picayune Highlights Campus Upgrades at Loyola

Renovations to Thomas Hall, currently underway, and the new student center/residence hall, currently in the design phase, are two MBA projects featured in the article.


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The National world war II Museum in Southern living

The June 2010 issue of Southern Living features the added attractions at the National World War II Museum.
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The National World War II Museum Expansion featured as One of the Year's Best

The article in New Orleans Magazine showcases six of the best projects in the city completed over the past year, and highlights the National World War II Museum Expansion as a highly successful project that "establishes a new architectural vocabulary" in New Orleans.
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MaForRes is Military's largest tilt-up project

This month South Central Construction features the Federal City Marine Forces Reserve building, projected to open on schedule in September 2011, as the largest tilt-up project for military use and the largest of its type in the Gulf Coast.

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The westin fort lauderdale featured in the new york times

All 433 rooms of the newly renovated hotel have been reserved by the NFL for the Super Bowl.  The Westin's Conference Center will house temporary NFL offices for the two weeks leading up to the game.  The project was completed on time in order to accomodate Super Bowl XLIV.
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NWWII MUSEUM FEATURED IN INTERNATIONAL WOOD MAGAZINE

International Wood Magazine's 2010 edition features a pair of articles on the significance of exotic woods to The National WWII Museum. The Museum's dining and entertainment venues make extensive use of such woods, which were also a critical building material for warships such as the Higgins PT boat on display.

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Cutting edge construction goes 'Tilt-Up'

The construction process for the Mathes Brierre project: Marine Force Reserves, utilizes proprietary tilt-wall design and lifting technologies combined with cutting edge construction methods to provide a faster build turn-around time.

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"Spotlight on metairie country club"

The McDonnel Group features the renovation of Metairie Country Club in the latest issue of Construction Update.

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Grand Opening: November 6, 2009
The National World War II Museum Expansion

We are excited to announce that the National World War II Museum, Phase 4, expansion (formerly known as the D-Day Museum) is complete. Grand opening festivities began November 6th and continued through the weekend. This phase includes a state-of-the-art 4-D cinema, a USO-style live entertainment venue and a sleek restaurant and bar.  The expansion project is a Voorsanger Mathes, LLC venture. 
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AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

On October 22nd, Mathes Brierre Architects and Landis Construction Co. were awarded in recognition for contributing to the preservation of a historic district.
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MBA PROMOTES ANGELA MORTON TO STUDIO MANAGER

Angela Morton was made Studio Manager of the 5th studio in the office in August, 2009. Angela started with Mathes Brierre in 2005, when she returned to New Orleans after obtaining a Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan. She previously worked with Perez, APC and Volume Zero Architectural Design Studio in New Orleans.  Angela is also the former state Associate Director for AIA Louisiana and local Associate Director for AIA New Orleans.

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LOYOLA ‘MONROE’ LIBRARY RATED #5 IN THE COUNTRY

Designed by Mathes Brierre, Loyola University New Orleans’ J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library was recently ranked fifth place in The Princeton Review’s “2010 Best 371 Colleges.” The library, which took seventh place in 2009, shares a top-five ranking with Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Duke Universities.
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MATHES BRIERRE DESIGNERS GO LEED!

In June, Jessica Walker, Linda Feinberg, and Angela Morton of Mathes Brierre Architects became LEED Accredited Professionals. They join Geoffrey Hartnett, Daniel Beatty, Stephanie Kerr, and Marc Robert as Mathes Brierre’s in-house LEED APs. LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, serves as the most popular green building certification system in the United States. Mathes Brierre has recently completed several projects that qualify for LEED Certification. For more LEED information, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council.

 
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KRAUSS PROJECT FEATURED IN 'INSIDE OUT' MAGAZINE

Mathes Brierre's Krauss Project is featured in July's Times Picayune. The project was designed by MBA interior designer Nicole Donnes. 
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WWII MUSEUM EXPANSION IS IN THE TOP 10 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF 2009

Mathes Brierre Architects and Voorsanger are the architecture firms working on the WWII Expansion Project.  The multi-phase project is expected to be completed by 2015.
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Mathes Brierre Featured in New Orleans Magazine

New Orleans Magazine interviewed Creed Brierre in the January 2009 article on the state of the profession of Architecture in Post-Katrina New Orleans.
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GOSHEN PROJECT ADMIRED FOR ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE

At Mathes Brierre Architects, we are known for our extensive experience in the design and construction of Performing Arts Centers. Goshen College in Indiana complements this notion. The acoustics are discussed in this article of ‘The Construction Specifier’ in December, 2008.
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THE SIGFRIED WEIS MUSIC BUILDING IS FEATURED

Mathes Brierre Architects and Schmidt Associates, Inc. were the architecture firms recognized in ‘American School & University’ Magazine for Bucknell University’s Music Building in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The article was featured in the ‘Outstanding Buildings’ Section.
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The rebuilding of ‘First English’ is featured

The New Orleans ‘Times Picayune’ explains the Rev Donald Thompson’s new role as Pastor of the First English Lutheran Church in Metairie, Louisiana. The new church is designed by Mathes Brierre Architects.

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MATHES BRIERRE ARCHITECTS NAMED TOP DESIGN FIRM

‘South Central Construction’ Magazine in 2006 ran an article on Mathes Brierre Architects and why the firm is so successful.

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Plans for the Expansion of The National World War II Museum are Announced

The article in New Orleans CityBusiness discusses upcoming plans for the Museum's expansion beginning with a 300‐seat multisensory theater.
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NOCCA CAMPUS: ‘MODERN MASTERS’

The Time Out Guide New Orleans second addition illustrates how the NOCCA campus lives in the world of a postmodern architecture sensibility. A New Orleans must see.
Time Out Guide New Orleans, ‘Modern Masters’ (In Context), p33.Penguin Books, London, 2000.
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