Robért Fresh Market on St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans
Award of Merit

Owner: St. Claude Holdings LLC
Lead Design Firm: Trapolin-Peer Architects
General Contractor: Ryan Gootee General Contractors
Structural Engineer: Heaslip Engineering

In the historic Robért Complex near the French Quarter, the urban grocer Robért Fresh Market reopened 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, symbolizing the rebirth of the neighborhood. The team demolished part of the 19,198-sq-ft structure and added an additional 6,856 sq ft in contemporary design to complement the historic 1940s terra-cotta building.

The renovation portion of the project had to meet year-end requirements to qualify for historical tax credits. But that timeline was threatened by a midstream engineering error—which caused an eight-week delay—as well as by nearly constant summer rain. The team vigorously responded with a rapid ramp-up of manpower, innovative scheduling and intense collaboration.

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