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Virgin Hotel wins big at AIA Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) of New Orleans recently hosted their annual Architecture and Design Awards on July 14th. The event took place at the Contemporary Arts Center and celebrated the best of New Orleans’ architecture and design work. The ceremony recognized the Virgin Hotel New Orleans with two different awards – the Commendation Award for Large Scale Commerical and also for Excellence in Sustainability. Mathes Brierre Architects and Broadmoor LLC accepted the awards for the project which was completed at the end of 2020. Back when it was built Moses Engineers provided the electrical engineering designs for the Virgin Hotel. We’re honored to have been selected to work on this project and extend our congratulations to all firms involved!

The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York in 1857, and the New Orleans Chapter formed in 1909. It was the 30th chapter nationwide and only the 2nd in the South. The Chapter continues today with strong ties to the state and regional chapters as well as the national association.

The mission of the Design Awards is to increase awareness of outstanding architecture and also to honor the architects, clients, contractors, and consultants who collaborate on these projects. To view the full list of this year’s winners, and to learn more about AIA New Orleans, you can click here.

A rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans
Four Seasons Hotel and Managed Residences | New Orleans, LA

Four Seasons awarded ENR’s Best Project in Renovation/Restoration

ENR Texas & Louisiana has announced the winners of their 2022 Best Projects competition. This year the Four Seasons New Orleans has been recognized as the Best Project in Renovation/Restoration. Engineering News-Record (ENR) provides engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary, and data to the construction industry professionals. They report on the top design firms, construction companies, and projects both in the US and internationally. Moses Engineers is honored to have this project recognized and would like to extend our congratulations to everyone involved!

A rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans

Moses Engineers was selected to provide the MEP designs and fire protection for this project. The development team included Carpenter & Co. and Woodward Design+Build, and construction for this renovation was completed in 2021. The former World Trade Center was revitalized into the 500,000 square foot five-star hotel and private residences which overlooks the Mississippi River and French Quarter. The Four Seasons New Orleans features 341 rooms, ballrooms, meeting rooms, retail shops, 92 condominiums, Vue Orleans, 2 restaurants, 5 bars, a pool, parking garage, and so much more!

We’re so honored to have this project win Best Project in Renovation/Restoration. To check out the full list of this year’s winners, check out ENR’s site!

Let Petit Theatre & Tableau Restaurant

Coolinary New Orleans is this month

Coolinary New Orleans is a summer tradition where participating restaurants offer specially curated pre-fixe menus at an incredible price. All month long you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy 2-course lunches for $25 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $45 or less from participating restaurants. This summer’s Coolinary participants include 77 restaurants in and around the New Orleans area.

Moses Engineers is proud to have worked on multiple projects that are participating in this month-long event. In addition to providing MEP designs for Tableau Restaurant, we’ve also worked on projects at Bourbon House, SoBou, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, and Mr. B’s Bistro. To learn more about the specific services provided by Moses Engineers, follow the link in the below list to our project page on Tableau!

Let Petit Theatre & Tableau Restaurant

The following restaurants are just some of the Coolinary participants:

  • Antoine’s Restaurant
  • Arnaud’s Restaurant
  • Bourbon House
  • Commander’s Palace
  • Domenica Restaurant
  • Dickie Brennan’s Tableau
  • Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
  • Fulton Street Bistro and Bar
  • Galatoire’s
  • Luke Restaurant
  • Mr. B’s Bistro
  • Meril
  • Napoleon House
  • Pascal’s Manale Restaurant
  • Ralph’s On the Park
  • Restaurant R’evolution
  • Seaworthy
  • Shaya
  • SoBou
  • Tujague’s Restaurant
  • Willa Jean

To check out the full list of Coolinary New Orleans restaurants, and to learn more about their dining deals and mouth-watering menus, you can visit their website here: Coolinary New Orleans | Official Site

Inside the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
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New Orleans Museum Month in August

New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration among many New Orleans area museums that offers museum members the opportunity to visit all participating museums for free during the month of August. Even if you think you’ve seen them all before, many museums have limited-time exhibitions on display so there’s always something new and exciting to discover!

The following museums will be participating in New Orleans Museum Month:

  • Ashe Cultural Arts Center
  • The Backstreet Cultural Museum
  • BK Historic House & Gardens
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Gallier House
  • Hermann-Grima House
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Longue Vue House and Gardens
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
  • New Orleans African American Museum
  • New Orleans Jazz Museum
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
  • Newcomb Art Museum
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Pitot House
  • Sazerac House
  • Studio Be
  • The National WWII Museum

Moses Engineers is proud to have worked on multiple projects on this list. In addition to Museum of the Southern Experience and the Sazerac House, we have also provided MEP designs for projects within The Historic New Orleans Collection, The National WWII Museum, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum. To learn more about services provided by Moses Engineers, check out the projects linked in the list!

National WWII Museum
The Sazerac House in New Orleans
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And to learn more about how to become a member of a local museum, or for more details and exclusions on New Orleans Museum Month, check out their web link: Museum Month | New Orleans

A rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans
Four Seasons Hotel and Managed Residences | New Orleans, LA

Four Seasons Celebrates First Year

This month marks the first anniversary of the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans opening at the foot of Canal Street, and they have had an incredible first year! Moses Engineers was honored to provide the MEP designs for this project, including the fire protection and lighting design. To celebrate their anniversary the hotel’s PR team compiled a list of numbers to celebrate their success:

  • $550 million to transform New Orleans’ historic World Trade Center, which in turn spurred development along the riverfront
  • 80,000 single-use amenities saved from landfills as part of the hotel’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastics
  • 72,145 guest check ins & 477 employees strong

To check out the full list and original article check out the link below by Biz New Orleans:

“This has been an extraordinary year and I could not be prouder of our team and their efforts,” said Mali Carow, the hotel’s general manager, in a press release. “The overwhelming support from the community has been boundless, and we are honored to be part of the tremendous hospitality industry of this great city.”

Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans Celebrates First Year – Biz New Orleans
Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans
Brennan's Restaurant | New Orleans, LA

Brennan’s Restaurant once again fully owned by a Brennan family member

Brennan’s Restaurant is now once again fully owned by a Brennan family member. When the restaurant first opened in 1946 it was under Brennan family patriarch Owen Brennan. They have always been known for their fabulous, lavish brunches and also for inventing bananas Foster. However, after Hurricane Katrina the restaurant fell onto hard times. In 2013 Ralph Brennan and Terry White formed a partnership with the goal of bringing back this historic dining destination. In 2014 the Royal Street location inside of a historic French Quarter building was completely renovated, and Moses Engineers provided full mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services including fire protection design for the project.

Now, nine years later, Terry White has left the partnership and Ralph Brennan bought his share of the business. So once again, the Brennan’s Restaurant is fully owned by a Brennan family member. To learn more about the history of Brennan’s Restaurant check out the full article below from Nola.com. And if you’d like to learn more about services provided by Moses Engineers check out our project details on Brennan’s Restaurant!

By Ian McNulty – July 13, 2022


“Back in 2013, restaurateur Ralph Brennan and businessman Terry White formed a partnership with one goal in mind – bring back Brennan’s, the historic and influential New Orleans dining destination that had fallen on hard times. Nine years later, White has left the partnership, Brennan has bought his share of the business, and now Brennan’s Restaurant is fully owned by a member of the Brennan family.”
Brennan’s Restaurant once again fully owned by a Brennan family member, after this change | Where NOLA Eats | nola.com
A rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans
Four Seasons Hotel and Managed Residences | New Orleans, LA

Vue Orleans, cultural exhibit & observatory, opens atop Four Seasons

Vue Orleans, an interactive cultural exhibit, is now open to the public. The exhibit and observatory is located on the rooftop of the Four Seasons New Orleans. They’re open daily from 9am-5pm, and for $30 you get a behind-the-scenes celebration of New Orleans’ unique culture. The exhibit brings hundreds of stories of local historians, artists, musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, chefs, actors, and filmmakers to life.

Paul Flower, co-developer of Vue Orleans, intends to curate a state-of-the-art cultural experience and share the real story of New Orleans. Visitors can choose to eat at Story Cafe; listen to jazz, blues, and classical music selections at a listening station; or they can take a virtual riverboat experience. Visitors can also watch a short film featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates, or use the virtual “vue finder” to see the landscape of New Orleans.

Engineering Services Provided by Moses Engineers

Moses Engineers provided the Four Seasons Hotel with their mechanical and electrical engineering designs back when it was first designed. The mechanical engineering features include HVAC with bi-polar ionization, heat refrigerant recovery, and MERV 13 Filters. We also provided designs for hot & cold domestic water systems, domestic water distribution, and sanitary waste. The electrical engineering features provided by Moses Engineers include power throughout the residences, lighting design, fire alarm, and also lighting control system integration. These designs make it possible for the Four Seasons to run both smoothly and efficiently.

New Orleans CityBusiness
By: Tommy Santora on May 12, 2022
Photo courtesy vueorleans.com

Four Seasons New Orleans is ready to show off its new rooftop Vue. Vue Orleans offers a behind-the-scenes celebration of New Orleans’ unique culture, bringing the stories of hundreds of local historians, artists, musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, chefs, actors and filmmakers. 

Vue Orleans, $30M cultural exhibit & observatory, opens atop Four Seasons | New Orleans CityBusiness
New Orleans Convention Center exterior lighting at night
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans, LA

Convention Center Completes $20M Energy Upgrades

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center finished a $20.6 million project to reduce future energy-related expenses. The sustainability upgrades include an overhaul of its lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems – designs which were all provided by Moses Engineers. These upgrades will save hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of kilowatt hours. They should also improve the overall experience for future visitors. The Convention Center plans to conduct an energy audit to measure how well the project is working in the future.

Energy Upgrade Details

LEDs replaced over 4,000 light fixtures, and over 2,000 light fixtures were retrofitted. The tunable LED lighting gives the ability to control individual fixtures. This provides the ultimate flexibility for illumination levels and color appearance. They also installed over 40 miles of new wiring for the lighting system. The ability to control individual fixtures provides the ultimate flexibility for illumination levels and color appearance.

New high-efficiency systems replaced their three water-cooled chillers. The new system utilizes variable speed drives on all equipment to provide state of the art energy efficiency. Moses Engineers redesigned their HVAC plant with a new updated control room and operations center. The design also included installing new low-flow fixtures to 36 sets of their restrooms. All of these upgrades will significantly lower energy costs and usage. The upgrades will also make them eligible for a refund grant from Entergy’s Energy Smart program.

Moses Engineers designed the original electrical and mechanical systems back when the Convention Center opened in 1984. It originally took up the space of 6 football fields but has since expanded to 1.1 million square feet. Now, 38 years later, Moses Engineers is honored to provide the Convention Center with these upgraded designs that are modern, energy saving, and cost efficient.

New Orleans CityBusiness
By: CityBusiness staff reports on May 2, 2022
The Exhibit Hall lighting upgrades include fixtures that can display millions of colors. Photos courtesy Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

“Not only will these energy efficiency upgrades lessen the impact that the Convention Center has on the environment, they will also improve the experience our guests have when they visit the facility,” Linda Baynham, director of sustainability at the facility, said in the release.

Convention Center completes $20M energy upgrades | New Orleans CityBusiness
Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium

Aquarium and Insectarium renovations underway

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is combining the aquarium and insectarium in their biggest renovation ever. They currently expect to have the $41 million upgrade completed by next summer. Now that renovations are underway, they have recently renamed themselves as The Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium. After the renovations, visitors will get to choose their experience once they enter the new 60-foot-tall glass entrance. If they go to the right, they get an arthropod experience with the bugs at the Insectarium. Or if they choose to go to the left they get a marine life experience at the Aquarium.

Engineering Designs Provided by Moses Engineers

Moses Engineers provided all of the electrical and mechanical engineering designs for adapting the building systems for the new Insectarium. The Insectarium features over 110 individual exhibits, two new large fish tanks, a new lobby and gift shop, and also a new event space. The mechanical designs included all of the HVAC, fire protection and plumbing systems. The electrical designs included all of the power, back of house lighting, fire alarm and special systems.

Back when the aquarium first opened in 1990 Moses Engineers provided the original mechanical and electrical engineering designs. Now that they are expanding and updating, we’re honored to be involved with these renovations to keep the Aquarium a state-of-the-art tourist attraction for future generations.

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Rendering Aquarium

Ron Forman, head of the Audubon Nature Institute, said the project will transform the facility “into a dynamic, cutting-edge attraction in keeping with the revitalized Canal Street riverfront — an iconic location that will play a significant role in post-COVID tourism.”

Audubon Aquarium renovations underway in New Orleans. See renderings of $41 million upgrade. | Business News | nola.com

A rendering of the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans
Four Seasons Hotel and Managed Residences | New Orleans, LA

Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences to Open Spa

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans will open this week on April 20th. The spa facility is over 5k square feet and features 8 treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a steam room, and also locker rooms. They will offer massages, facials, wraps and treatments for skin, brows and eyelashes.

The Four Seasons in New Orleans first opened in August 2021, and they began accepting guest reservations in early September. In addition to the Spa the hotel has 341 rooms and suites, a fitness center, a rooftop pool, and 29k square feet of event space. The hotel also has two restaurants, Miss River and Chemin a la Mer, and five bars which includes The Chandelier Bar in the lobby.

Moses Engineers provided the Four Seasons Hotel with the following mechanical engineering features:

  • HVAC with Bi-Polar Ionization, Heat Refrigerant Recovery as well as specialized attention to airborne viruses requiring MERV 13 Filters in all return air systems
  • Hot & Cold Domestic Water Systems with multi-stage hi-rise pumping systems
  • Central Plant with Heating Hot and Chilled Water Systems
  • Domestic Water Distribution
  • Sanitary Waste using Sovent single pipe for both vent and waste

Moses Engineers also provided the Four Seasons Hotel with the following electrical engineering features:

  • Power throughout the residences
  • Lighting design
  • Fire alarm
  • Lighting Control System Integration

New Orleans CityBusiness
By: CityBusiness staff reports on April 8, 2022
Photo courtesy Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences

Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences is adding a spa to its array of amenities.

Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences to open spa | New Orleans CityBusiness

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