RGGC Wins Award for Excellence from the Louisiana Landmarks Society

New Orleans, LA – (April 15, 2015) – Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC, (RGGC) a local commercial contractor, won the 2015 Award or Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Louisiana Landmarks Society at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 15. The award was presented to RGGC for the Myrtle Banks Redevelopment project and their historic preservation and renovation of the building on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC was given the award with project developer Alembic Community Development, architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Harmon Engineering. RGGC project manager, Kevin Sprehe, accepted the award along with Jack Sawyer of Eskew+Dumex+Ripple and Mike Grote of Alembic Community Development.

The Myrtle Banks Redevelopment was selected for its community redevelopment and sustainability in one of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods

Because the building was a registered historic building, the project team worked carefully to preserve and recreate many of the interior and exterior components of the original building. To qualify for historic tax credits, the Myrtle Banks Redevelopment adaptive re-use project had to receive approval from both the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Mike Grote, director of building programs with property owners Alembic Community Development, said the restoration and conversion of the Myrtle Banks school has “exceeded our wildest dreams of what we thought we’d have at the end of this project. It’s a better, more beautiful project in every way and that’s because of the project team.”

Established in 1950, the Louisiana Landmarks Society is the state’s oldest non-profit preservation organization, whose mission is to promote historic preservation through education, advocacy and operation of the Pitot House in New Orleans. The Awards for Excellence were given to 18 projects in 2015, marking its second annual event. The awards honor projects completed in Orleans Parish (outside of the French Quarter) that represent outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as new construction in a historic context.

Ryan Gootee General Contractors was founded in 2004 by Ryan Gootee and is dedicated to bringing clients construction services that are of the highest quality and value. They are a licensed New Orleans commercial general contractor specializing in new construction and renovation.

Photo: Kevin Sprehe, RGGC Project Manager, accepts the Louisiana Landmarks Society Award for Excellence for the completion of the Myrtle Banks historical renovation.