Photographer/Submitter: Stephanie Kerr, Gibbs Construction, New Orleans

Gibbs Construction is building 2424 Tulane, a seven-story apartment building on the site of a former motel near New Orleans’ new medical complex.

The apartments will sit atop a 72,350-sq-ft, cast-in-place concrete parking structure and an elevated courtyard. The six floors above are a light gauge metal-framed structure with TPO roofing and a stucco exterior skin.

“The light gauge metal wall panels perfectly framed the iconic Superdome [and downtown] New Orleans,” says Stephane Kerr. Using a Sony A600, Kerr was on site capturing progress photos for the contractor.

Gibbs Construction recognizes the importance of capturing more than the day-to-day field pictures in order to tell the story of each project, she says. “The goal for my visits to our jobsites is to preserve pieces of the construction process.”

The complex will have 200 apartments totaling 172,800 sq ft, with 160 one-bedroom units and 40 two-bedroom units. The mid-rise building, which will be certified under the National Green Building Standard, will have a ground-floor lobby and 1,270 sq ft of retail space at the corner of Tulane Avenue and South Rocheblave Street.

“I was hoping to capture the symbolism of the city’s continuous growth,” Kerr says, “as well as Gibbs’ heavy construction involvement in New Orleans.”