The Desire Street Ministries project has been selected for an Award of Merit by ENR Texas & Louisiana in the Small Projects category of the 2017 Best Projects Awards.
Desire Street Ministries is a non-profit which revitalizes impoverished urban neighborhoods into flourishing, healthy communities. Desire Street partners with local leaders to encourage and equip them to thrive for the long-run. Desire Community Square is a project built in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans at the site of the original Desire Street Ministries headquarters, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. The project is comprised of three buildings totaling nearly 32,000 square feet.
The first building, Kids of Excellence, an early childhood learning center, is a 6,000 square foot stick-framed, pile-supported structure with a plaster exterior. The building features a full commercial kitchen, padded play surfaces, along with six daycare classrooms which have multi-shaped windows to add fun to the learning environment.
The second building is a 5,000 square foot full service medical clinic operated by Daughters of Charity. The building was also constructed with wood framing and a plaster exterior. The building features storefront windows and doors complete with full card access, seven exam rooms, a nurses’ station, a treatment room and a full-scale pharmacy.
The final building is the Abundance of Desire Community Center, a 21,000 square foot half stick-framed, half pre-engineered metal building design. The building houses a massive 10,000 square foot multi-purpose room equipped with sports flooring, a large gathering space, large meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen.
The original project totaled $8,000,000, which was roughly $800,000 over the client’s budget. DonahueFavret Contractors and its team worked together to close this gap and make the project happen under the client’s original budget. The total construction value was $7,522,619.
The project was originally slated for 13 months. Through careful planning and fast track measures, DonahueFavret Contractors completed the project in only 11 months.