In September 2016, Kemper completed construction of a 12,800 SF New Office Building for Firemen’s Charitable Benevolent Association (FCBA) located in Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. The steel framed building was designed by Lachin Oubre Architects and construction finished within time and budget ($2,938,000). The building’s exterior features Egyptian motifs with columns corresponding to neighboring Cypress Cove Cemetery’s Egyptians style grand entry. The front façade is further enhanced with a glass covered canopy flanked by fluted columns with bud-shaped capitals coated with stucco mimicking period designs circa 3000 BC. The interior has two interesting spaces, an architectural studio for the 2nd floor tenant (Lachin Architects, apc) and a boardroom for FCBA staff meetings. The studio has a vaulted ceiling with pendant lighting and was part of a 3100 SF tenant build-out that added another $257,400 of construction. The boardroom exhibits coffered ceilings and pendent lighting, wainscoting with dark cherry wood finish and ceramic tile flooring.
In June 2016, the company completed a historic preservation project at Cavan Restaurant, 3607 Magazine Street, New Orleans. The project was designed by Mathes Brierre Architects with a budget of approximately $500,000, and finished under budget with a credit back to the owner. The renovation included a complex kitchen equipment schedule and displays a myriad of historical compliant faux finishes with each space offering guest its own unique theme. One of the most dynamic features is the decorative tin panel ceiling in the bar that is accentuated by the bright red color walls and natural wood flooring. Other highlights are the spiral stairwell at the entrance and chandeliers throughout the building. The exterior received a paint scheme reminiscent to colonial architecture.