City, parish and federal transit authority funds financed the $7.1-million Phase 1 project.

Phase 2 will reconfigure adjacent roadways in the area, funded by $1.9 million in leveraged federal dollars through the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development.

"The refocusing of the downtown area is a new trend, an effort to try to bring people back downtown," Kirkpatrick says.

Key Players

Owner: City of Baton Rouge, La.

General Contractor: Arrighi Construction, Baton Rouge, La.

Lead Design: Brown+Danos & Joseph Furr, JV Inc., Baton Rouge, La.

Civil: ABMB Engineers Inc., Baton Rouge, La.

Structural: LBYD Engineers, Birmingham, Ala.

MEP: Apex Engineering Corp., Baton Rouge, La.

Submitted by Arrighi Construction