Size of Project
New Orleans, LA
New Construction, Historic Renovation
Completed in 2022
The Crescent City’s been seeing stars since 2002, thanks to Louisiana’s booming Film & TV industry. The push to film in and around New Orleans has only accelerated in recent years. To meet the demand, Second Line Stages (SLS), one of the largest studio operators in the state, was ready to expand. As our cross-Tchoupitoulas street neighbor, Impetus was engaged as Design-Build Contractor to increase their size from 170,372 sq. ft to 287,327 sq. ft., along with 159,627 sq. ft addition of production office and support space. Besides its wealth of components, the ultimate goal was to complete and deliver the project in a slim 17-month window. It may have been our first project in the Film & TV space, but our team knew that an accelerated design-build delivery method was a surefire way to tackle it. After all, why sit comfortably when you can grow through a challenge?
The full range of Impetus’ strength.
Design for the expansion kicked off in the early summer of 2021. With an already fast-approaching deadline, this project harnessed the full range of Impetus’ strengths, including our building, infrastructure, design, fabrication, logistics, shared services teams, and more. The project involved two phases of historic renovation and one phase of new construction—altogether adding two city blocks to the existing Richard Street campus. Three historic warehouses, originally Mardi Gras float storage, were renovated for millwork space, storage, and additional support space for production crews. A new 30,000 sq. ft. stage was built between the millshop and two warehouses. Over on Constance Street, the Impetus team renovated and repurposed an existing historic building to increase the office and wardrobe space for SLS. New amenities were added, including a kitchenette and the ultimate New Orleans summer utility: air conditioning.