Upgrade: Process forward on schedule

Process forward on schedule

Photo: MCCNO

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (NOEHA) took action authorising nearly $37M in funding for the repair and replacement of the 41-acre roof of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This allows work to move forward on the first major improvement of the physical building itself under the approved $557M capital improvement plan. "This is a major milestone for the Convention Center and for the future of our facility", said Convention Center president, Michael J. Sawaya. "Replacing the roof is a critical first step towards upgrading our building. We are glad to be moving the process forward on schedule." With this action, the Authority brought forward the negotiated Guaranteed Maximum Price ("GMP") for the roof project, amending the CMAR contract.

„Replacing the roof is a critical first step towards upgrading our building“
Michael J. Sawaya, president Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Construction is anticipated to begin as early as March of this year, and to be completed in approximately 12-14 months. The oldest section of the roof is nearly 40 years old, the newest vintage 1999 — none of which has been replaced previously.

The Convention Center roof measures over 1.9 million square feet, making it one of the largest roofs in the city. It diverts more than 90% of rainwater that falls on it directly into the Mississippi River. The new roof system is designed to better reflect heat and added insulation will contribute to increased energy savings — both of which are goals in keeping with the Convention Center's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification status.