Space that initially served as a meeting room in the arena now known as the BB&T Center was later repurposed to serve as a luxury lounge.  The project’s complexity arose from its complicated ceiling, high-end bar finishes and the need to complete construction within an occupied building. AIA Baton Rouge, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, presented the 2003 Rose Award for Design Excellence to Ford/Dickinson for this project.

I was selected to spearhead the lounge because of my relationship with the arena management team since the facility opened. In this role I selected subcontractors, sourced materials and performed onsite construction coordination.

This work was completed while employed by Centex Rooney Construction Company.

What impressed me the most was David's intelligence and problem solving skills. Besides that, he always had a positive viewpoint i.e. a can-do mindset for getting tasks done or solving issues.

Larry Casey, MBA, LEED AP, CPSM, former Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Centex Construction