At 1.5 million square feet, Perkins Rowe includes office, retail, residential, restaurants, and theaters – but it was a long road to completion. Hurricane Katrina hit midway through bidding for Perkins Rowe, and as New Orleans immersed itself in recovery, building resources were suddenly in high demand. Despite the regional crisis and dramatic fluctuations in construction materials prices, JTS Interests forged ahead with the project.
Serving as the production architects, O’Brien developed creative solutions to keep the project within budget and stay true to the New Orleans French Quarter architectural style established by Design Development Group – materials and techniques used include tilt-wall construction, multifamily wood construction, lime stone, EIFS, antique lighting, metal brackets, canopies, canvas awnings, metal railings, clay tile shingles, and chimneys. The result is a vertically integrated, mixed-use town center that offers an urban lifestyle district to residents of Baton Rouge.