Size of Project
New Orleans, LA
The Domain Companies
Completed in 2018
A haven of ingenuity.
Every venture, business, or “crazy” idea starts with a spark. But it needs a sanctuary—a place where it can evolve. That’s why Domain Companies selected RNGD to lead the development and construction of The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), a 100,000 sq. ft. comprehensive coworking space in the heart of the inspiring Arts & Warehouse district. As the perfect union of construction, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship, this 100-year-old building, and former K&B headquarters, would see the 3rd and 4th floors utilized, at last, converting untapped potential into a haven of ingenuity for New Orleans’ burgeoning innovation corridor.
Renovation and construction mode.
As lead contractor, our first challenge was developing a construction plan that worked around the building’s existing operations–and events–during the 10-month timeline. Our strength in planning, along with our partnership mindset, saw an equitable working plan put in place with the building’s staff, neighbors, and trade partners’ input. We attained a noise variance from the City of New Orleans to work evenings and perform demolition on the 3rd and 4th floors between 3 am and 11 am. With little space for laydown, supplies and materials were stored elsewhere. From there, we went into renovation and construction mode. Our team replaced historic windows on the south and west façades with a rigorous checklist-driven process that balanced a one-week per window install with the demands of historical accuracy. The unfinished elevator shaft was put into action with an elevator model that met multiple needs. A second lift was built to connect the 4th floor to the roof—steadily bringing these two floors back to life.
RNGD really has a non-stop work ethic. There is no issue too big or too small for them to tackle. They never take the attitude of, That’s not my responsibility.” They will find a solution.Chris Papamichael
The Domain Companies