Availability of labor was an issue in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. DPR’s strong relationships with national subcontracting firms helped the team staff the project. The national firms supplemented the local forces that were available, and were instrumental to the success of the project.
The project took place while Louisiana had its wettest, coldest winter in seven years. This resulted in more than 142 rain days during construction of the tower. The owner allowed a 20-day schedule extension; the remaining 122 days were made up through overlapping trade schedules, and off-hours and weekend work.