Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

All articles for the month of 07/2015.

Holy Cross School expansion finds home in TOTL Classroom Building

Holy Cross School expansion finds home in TOTL Classroom Building

Ten years ago, when Katrina’s floodwaters decimated Holy Cross School’s 125-year-old campus in the Lower Ninth Ward, few would have predicted the school would come back better than ever at a new home in Gentilly.

On Aug. 17, another incredible milestone will be reached: Holy Cross School will welcome 115 boys in grades prekindergarten through four at a new primary school at 5601 Elysian Fields Ave., next to Transfiguration of the Lord Church.

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Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café to close for major renovation

Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café to close for major renovation

After 25 years of operation, Palace Café on Canal Street will be receiving a major facelift that will result in an updated kitchen and second-floor craft cocktail bar.

As a result, the Creole bistro operated by Dickie Brennan will close up shop Aug. 15 and reopen sometime in October, Brennan said Wednesday. He said the project is the first full-scale renovation of the Canal Street restaurant.

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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Announces Promotions of Six Key Studio Leaders

The leadership of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple recently promoted a number of employees in recognition of their outstanding talent and contributions to advancing the firm, its culture and its sustained, long-term growth. This year, six individuals were recognized for their tremendous commitment and personal sacrifice to the profession, the practice and their ongoing professional involvement within community.

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Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

NFPA Journal —  July / August 2015 — Some of our most transcendent moments occur in assembly occupancies, including churches, restaurants, theaters, and stadiums. From a fire and life safety perspective, assembly occupancies have also hosted some of our most horrific events. NFPA’s list of deadliest public assembly and nightclub fires in United States’ history is a compendium of almost unimaginable loss, from the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago in 1903 (602 deaths) to the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston (492 deaths) to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky, in 1977 (165 deaths) to The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, in 2003 (100 deaths). The concentration of people in these occupancies, combined with a host of potential egress problems, have given many of these fires a tragic prominence in the country’s public safety history.

That’s in part why egress—the ability to get out of a building safely and quickly—is such an elemental concept in both the renovation and new construction of assembly occupancies. It’s also why the egress schematic—or what NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, refers to as the “life safety floor plan”—is such an important tool for stakeholders in these projects.

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The Orpheum returns to Beaux-Arts glory with historic renovation

The Orpheum returns to Beaux-Arts glory with historic renovation

Closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Orpheum Theatre is set to reopen in the fall. The theatre is considered a landmark in part for its Beaux-Arts style which is being painstakingly restored. Construction on the theatre commenced in 1919 and it is an example of “vertical hall” construction,” a design style valued by customers for sight lines and musicians for its great acoustics.

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Marigny portion of riverfront Crescent Park opens to the public

The entire 1.4 linear miles of Crescent Park opened to the public following the long awaited and highly anticipated completion of the pedestrian footbridge and elevator system at the northwestern edge of the park. These pieces provide access to the celebrated green space and its riverfront from the historic French Quarter providing a safe, car-free environment for recreation and leisure that stretches downriver to the Bywater neighborhood.

Core Design Team: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Executive Architect & Architect of Record; Hargreaves Associates, Landscape Architect & Lead Designer; Michael Maltzan Associates, Design Architect; Adjaye/Associates, Design Architect

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