The former New Orleans Public Service, Inc. utilities headquarters and adjacent buildings are now open as Downtown New Orleans’ newest luxury hotel. The historic NOPSI building, originally erected in 1927, holds 230 guest rooms, rooftop pool, bar and restaurant. The neighboring former Dryades building now serves as the hotel’s ballroom.
Nearly all of Woodward’s specialty groups were involved with the restoration of the hotel. Woodward Design Group served as the project architect, while Woodward Millwork Group crafted all of the interior millwork, including beautiful new bars and banquettes. Woodward Engineering Group performed all of the engineering work required to add an additional floor to the top of the historic building. By tying into the existing columns, the hotel gained an additional 14 guest rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, and a Presidential Suite that overlooks the Superdome. WEG also performed the structural design for the adjacent buildings, including the two-story “gold building“ which houses a new restaurant, aptly named Public Service. Woodward Steel Group was responsible for all of the project’s structural and ornamental steel work, including counter tops and the exterior canopies that guests will travel under as they enter the restored grand lobby.
The NOPSI building was declared a historic landmark in 2011.