Holly & Smith Architects 2022 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2023

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Holly & Smith Architects 2022 in Review


Holly & Smith Architects had another successful year in 2022, completing numerous projects , including the Kentwood Library Branch, LSU Studio Arts Building, Chapter IV Restaurant by Dook Chase, Southeastern Alumni Center Refresh, and Entergy Aerosol Building Interior Renovations. H/S also opened a new Lafayette office as well as announced a new shareholder in the firm.

Kentwood Library Branch

On December 3, 2022, the Tangipahoa Parish Library celebrated the new Kentwood Library Branch with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located in the heart of downtown Kentwood, Louisiana, the 8,100 square foot branch features several new amenities, including meeting rooms, a computer lab, study rooms, and an outdoor plaza, which will be open 24 hours a day for people to use for reading, meeting, or using the library’s high-speed Wi-Fi. We can’t wait to get this one professionally photographed.

Stuart & Company General Contractors was the General Contractor for the project. Consultants include Fox-Nesbit Engineering, LLC (civil, structural), Creative Engineering Group (electrical), Crumb Engineering LLC (mechanical), and Roy Dufreche & Associates (landscape).

LSU Studio Arts Building Renovation

(now known as the Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex) Formerly called the Old Engineering Shops, the Studio Arts Building began its life circa 1924, along with nine other buildings designed by architect Theo C. Link as part of the original master plan for Louisiana State University. Completed in September 2022, the new building houses modernized facilities for the School of Art, including ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture programs as well as offices. In addition to a total interior reorganization to meet the needs of the school, the renovation provides significant upgrades to air conditioning and ventilation systems as well as a complete interior finish upgrade. Students are starting classes in the building for the spring 2023 semester. We can’t wait to get this one professionally photographed. Ratcliff Construction Company, LLC was the General Contractor for the project. Consultants include Fox-Nesbit (structural), Salas O’Brien (MEP), Stantec (civil), DufrechePerkins (landscaping), and J.S. Held (environmental).

Chapter IV Restaurant by Dook Chase

Chapter IV, the newest restaurant by Chef Edgar “Dook” Chase IV, was recently completed in the heart of New Orleans. Set in the midcentury modern Thirteen15 Building, the restaurant is fresh and clean with touches of culture through curated original artwork. The artwork tells the story of generations passing down knowledge and traditions.

CM Combs Construction was the General Contractor for the project. Project team included IMC Consulting Engineers, Inc. (MEP engineering), Corporate Realty (broker), and Tulane University (building owner)

Southeastern Alumni Center Refresh

Southeastern’s Alumni Center was renovated into a reimagined environment that has provided Southeastern and the Alumni staff with the opportunity to better welcome alumni and guests onto the campus. The Alumni Center has been a respected landmark on Southeastern’s campus since it was erected in 1994. Proudly overlooking the main campus from West University Avenue, the 12,700-square-foot building serves as a hub for returning alumni, touring visitors, and the Hammond community.

Kent Design Build, Inc. was the General Contractor for the project.

Entergy Aerosol Building



When Entergy’s employees shifted to hybrid working, the company’s Aerosol office building required a renovation to accommodate the new work style. As a result, the interior of the building was reorganized to create an open office environment with reservable workstations, larger breakroom, large training room, huddle rooms, and phone rooms. The updated space provides a modern work environment for employees and visitors alike.

Kent Design Build, Inc. was the General Contractor for the project. Consultants include Parish Engineering (MEP).

Holly & Smith Architects Opened a New Office In Lafayette


a Lafayette…The Heart of Acadiana!

Holly & Smith Architects returned to its roots, and in 2022, we were thrilled to announce that the firm has expanded to southwest Louisiana with a new office in Lafayette. H/S held a ribbon cutting and hosted an open house to celebrate our new downtown office located in the Gordon Square building.

Around 40 years ago, both H/S founders left the architecture nest at UL Lafayette to find their place in the world. Since then, the organization has grown into a renowned, awardwinning, regional design firm with offices in Hammond and New Orleans. The H/S design ethic was incubated in the environment that is the Heart of Acadiana. We are committed to new urbanism, and we want our team members and clients to experience Downtown Lafayette.

H/S received recognition for design

H/S is committed to providing design solutions that are innovative, forward-thinking, and budget responsive. Our primary goal is to create purpose-driven, quality architecture that is fundamentally focused on client satisfaction. Though it is not our goal to receive awards, it is still gratifying when our peers recognize our design work. Our 2022 award recognition was for the DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER , which received an AIA New Orleans Commendation Award and the Metal Architecture Design Award – Ribbed Metal Wall Panels.

Looking Ahead to 2023

Looking to a successful 2023, H/S will see completed construction of:

• Baton Rouge Business Report Training Center

• Champ Cooper Middle School Phase 1

• Covington High School Classroom Building Expansion

• DC Reeves Elementary School Classroom Bldg Addition

• Entergy Jefferson Highway

• Falstaff Hotel

• Iron Oak House

• JMK5 Arena

• Legacy Management Group

• NOPD 4th District Police Station

• Ponchatoula High School Classroom Addition

• University of New Orleans Privateer Beach

• University of New Orleans Science Labs

And in 2023, construction will begin on:

• 2400 Napoleon / Our Lady of Lourdes Church Adaptive Reuse

• Baronne Street Hotel

• Nunez Community College Student Testing & Career Counseling Center

• RNDC Celeste Landing

• Southeastern Louisiana University D. Vickers Hall

Hammond Downtown Development District named a 2022 Great American Main Street Award Winner

Hammond Downtown Development District was one of three winners of the prestigious 2022 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), which recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Hammond Downtown Development District was recognized for its significant historic preservation efforts, vibrant small business environment, and dedication to inclusive, people-centered placemaking. H/S is proud to have participated, along with many others, in the success of Downtown Hammond.

H/S EXPERIENCE As human beings, we spend our personal and professional time within the built environment. As Architects and Interior Designers, we are privileged to create spaces where people can gather, live, learn, work, eat, sleep, and worship. Therefore, it is incumbent that we design spaces that enhance the quality of life and nurture a greater passion for living. Our design approach is influenced by the environment, culture, and community in which architecture exists. To take it further... We Design for Life.


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