Angela O’Byrne, president of design-build firm Perez LLC, issued a mandatory stay-home order for all of the firm’s employees and says other design firms are doing the same. She expects more contractors to follow suit.
“I think more construction companies will shut down field operations – even against the wishes of owners,” she says. “Some of our new projects are on hold and have not kicked off, due to COVID-19. Other projects that we had finished designing and were in the bidding phase got put on hold.” All permitting is taking place online, and Perez reports it is “working more smoothly” than she expected. Click to read more.
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New Orleans CityBusiness has chosen its 2019 Excellence in Construction and Real Estate class, recognizing professionals that have created a positive impact in the areas of investment, jobs created, and potential impact in the New Orleans area. Click to read more.
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Angela is President of Perez APC, an international design-build-develop firm. She was named New Orleans 2016 Small Business Person of the Year and first runner up for National Small Business Person of the Year, by the U.S. SBA.
She is a passionate advocate for women in architecture and construction and works with professional and non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of women in the industry.
She has successfully led complex design and construction projects around the world.
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the 2019 AIA Associates Award, which is given to Associate AIA members “to recognize outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession,” according to an AIA press release.
The 2019 jury comprised chair Katie Wilson, AIA, of KMW Architecture; Mark Chambers of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Curtis Fentress, FAIA, of Fentress Architects; Stephanie Herring, Assoc. AIA, of CambridgeSeven Associates; and Margaret Montgomery, FAIA, of NBBJ. Click to read more.
With the inauguration of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and assertive female City Council members along with the election of 125 women members of Congress and governors across the U.S., 2018 was another milestone year for women. Power is shifting, albeit slowing. There is no going back. But we wouldn’t call 2018 the “Year of the Woman” because gender inequality is still so prevalent. Click to read more.
The Orleans Parish Justice Center’s main kitchen building is undergoing demolition as part of the prison’s third development phase after final approval from City Council.
Council unanimously approved the demolition at their regular meeting Thursday. The building, located at 2801 Perdido St., has been used as the main kitchen after renovations in 2006. But, with its demolition, there are no concrete plans for the land’s use.
Perez APC, a New Orleans-based architecture firm, has been tasked with demolishing the building at a $917,000 price tag, according to city documents. That project will be funded by FEMA with expected completion by late October. Click to read more.