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New Orleans, LA
The National World War II Museum
Completed in 2019
Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolf & Associates, Inc.
Legacy isn’t given. It’s built.
All buildings have a story. The best ones tell it. Our client, World War II Theater Inc., looked to do that with the Higgins Hotel and Conference Center. This continuation of the National WWII Museum’s mission and offering would pay tribute to the past with an infusion of New Orleans hospitality. While still a young company, Impetus (Palmisano at the time) was honored to have been chosen from a wide field of candidates. Our previous work, planning process, proposed budget, and timeline positioned us as the ideal Design-Assist contractor to lead the new construction. But this was more than winning a project. Warren Palmisano, Sr., the grandfather of Impetus CEO Wesley J. Palmisano, served in WWII, participating in the later waves of D-Day. Returning home in 1946, he later founded W.J. Palmisano Contractors, sparking an entrepreneurial spirit that would inspire the creation of Palmisano Construction and, ultimately, Impetus. Proving legacy isn’t given. It’s built.
The magic happens before you start.
For the Impetus team, innovation arrives in the form of preparation. For us, that meant being a leader in pre-construction for this new build and approaching the process with a partnership-driven mindset. We worked with architect Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and interior design team Kay Lang and Associates to bolster the hotel’s unique 9-story, 230-hotel room design. A whole-project strategy was set for the new building’s many offerings: guest rooms, conference and meeting spaces, rooftop bars, ground-level bars, lounges, restaurants, and administrative offices. For any project, especially complex multi-faceted builds, being a leader in pre-construction puts us in a prime place to directly influence outcomes. After all, as our CEO says, “most of the magic actually happens before you start.”