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Challenging today’s conventional approach
to construction to build a better tomorrow.

im·pe·tus (noun) – the force that makes things happen

Changing the status quo takes a renegade mindset.
A better way forward starts with a vision for what’s possible and requires a relentless drive to reimagine an industry from the ground up.


Following in the footsteps of his family in the construction industry since 1950, and backed by a legacy of hard work, Wesley J. Palmisano had an entrepreneurial spirit and a new vision for the construction industry. Putting forth the most ambitious business plan, Wesley began with a team of just 11 employees in 2013 and embarked on our first commercial project, the 20,000 square foot boutique entertainment facility Fulton Alley.

Forging ahead, our visionary leader established The Palmisano Foundation in 2016 to help solve problems and transform lives. The Foundation’s first project, an outdoor classroom and play area for Playbuild, was completed during that same year. Accelerating growth further, and with the desire to be a true builder, we soon added a Heavy Civil construction division and our Self-perform capabilities. In 2018, we celebrated five years by moving into our current location on the Tchoupitoulas Riverfront and welcomed new team members, increasing our staff to 120 people. In 2019, the company hosted the inaugural Renegade Fest, an outdoor music festival which has raised a total of $152,700, benefiting a variety of local causes.

On the quest to Break New Ground, Palmisano rebranded as Impetus in 2021. This new identity embodies our ethos defined by our forward momentum in the construction industry. Today, the company has more than 200 team members and has expanded to open an office in Nashville, TN.

Over the years, the company has found unique ways to revolutionize the construction industry. We established the Renegade Academy, a series of workshops that help develop the next generation of construction professionals and positioned the company as a reputable industry thought leader. In 2022, we also added our RNGD division that was created to offer customers a pre-fabrication manufacturing option. Just as in our early days, Impetus continues to honor the timeless principles of hard work, teamwork, and the company’s unparalleled reputation that drives its growth.


Accredited Quality Contractor

Associated Builders and Contractors, National — 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Top Contractors, Texas and Louisiana

Engineering News Record, 2019

Chapter Member of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors. New Orleans/Bayou Chapter, 2019

Step Diamond Award

Associated Builders and Contractors — 2022

Step Platinum Award

Associated Builders and Contractors. New Orleans/Bayou Chapter, 2019—2021

Safety Professional of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors. New Orleans/Bayou Chapter, 2019

Our People

Our organization is filled with talented renegades empowered to identify opportunities for transformation and embrace bold new ideas and technologies. Within a culture of trust and mutual respect, we collaborate seamlessly to find the best solutions that drive construction innovation forward.