Scarlet Pearl, located just east of I-110 at 9380 Central Avenue is the first casino in the City of D’Iberville and the 12th casino in South Mississippi to open its doors. RCI constructed the Garden Oasis at the front entrance of the casino which includes a swimming pool, fencing, a pavestone retaining wall, irrigation system, tropical landscaping, pool deck pavers and integral color concrete at the Porte-Cochere.
This brand new contemporary outdoor oasis features an 18 hole golf course, a lazy river with a grotto hidden by a water fall, a rock aquatic feature with built-in slides, hot tubs, co-ed spas and a one of a kind H2O pool with built-in seating areas all installed by RCI. The sleek exterior landscape in the booming town of Lake Charles has Mediterranean Palms, Chinese Fan Palms and Medjool Palms. RCI’s team installed all of the sidewalks, pavers and 1700+ trees on this project with over 150 trees on the pool deck alone. RCI played a design/assist role and had the opportunity to work with the amazing team at Lifescapes International once again. The designer for the golf course was Origins Golf Design and the Aquatics Engineer was STO Design Group.
The former Isle of Capri is now transformed into the Golden Nugget Biloxi. RCI provided all new landscape for the casino and the design+ build for the new H20 Pool and Spa. After a nine month planning process, the project was completed in four months. H20 features a swim-up bar, built in bar stools, a hot tub, built in palm planters and a landscaped entry way to the pool to provide privacy. H20’s ultra-modern décor consists of mosaic tiles in fiery hues of red, orange and yellow. We are very proud to announce that we are now working on the beginning phase of the landscape, pool and golf course for Golden Nugget Lake Charles. This will mark our 43rd casino project, which we are thrilled about.
This Steve Wynn-owned property boasts spectacular 40’ Live Oaks, Loblolly Pines, and Southern Magnolias. Thousands of shrubs and 40,000 annuals together created an “old southern mansion” theme for this 1800 room hotel, casino, and resort project. RCI’s scope of work included all site preparation, irrigation, stamped concrete and landscape plantings. Post Katrina, RCI was again called upon to reinstall the entire landscape.
This project, just completed in 2012, included landscaping and irrigation installation. RCI worked with Lifescapes’ design team to install an extensive landscape project on a site along the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. This project represents the largest landscape project completed on a Louisiana casino. RCI continues its participation on the project with ongoing maintenance of the landscape.
RCI has been involved with the project since its beginning, providing design/build services on the landscape and pool. Providing ongoing maintenance services throughout the initial construction, renovations post Katrina and ongoing improvements to the site, this is one of RCI’s longest-term casino clients.
This Crescent Park was designed to connect our community to the spectacular Riverfront and create an environment for locals and tourist to interact with one another and enjoy the City of New Orleans. Reinventing the Crescent consists of six miles of unused industrial space along the Mississippi River transformed into a design that will increase tourism, create jobs, and improve the overall quality of life within the community. RCI was extremely excited to be involved in this project. Our scope consisted of very detailed plantings, crushed stone paths, granite cobblestone and metal edging. RCI installed the landscape and irrigation, 1.5 mile pervious walking path, site furnishings, skate deterrent groves, concrete benches, dog station and bike racks.
To learn more about The Making of “Reinventing the Crescent” visit http://www.reinventingthecrescent.org
The only casino located in Gulfport, Mississippi, Island View Casino boasts 565 rooms and suites and over 83,000 sq. ft. of gaming. RCI completed a design/build on the casino including all landscape and irrigation. Several years after opening, RCI completed installation of the pool, decking and additional landscaping. RCI has maintained the landscape on the project since completion of original construction.
RCI designed and remodeled the 12th floor pool deck which included the remodeling of the existing swimming pool while adding features such as tanning shelves, a new pool liner system with logo and beach entry. Construction of a trex deck (3,600 sq. ft.) for elevated decking and the installation of pool cabanas, planter walls with a stucco finish, an LED Screen, 14,000 sq. ft. of travertine deck, and landscape completed this project.
Hard Rock Casino raised the bar on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for casinos and resorts. RCI completed all landscape and irrigation installation on the project. Unfortunately, immediately following the completion of the project, the casino was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina and RCI was called back to complete the project a second time on very tight timeline which we successfully met. RCI has maintained the project since construction was completed.
Lake Villa is an adult apartment community that had a simple interior courtyard pool built 30 years ago. The pool and courtyard space was in need of a complete renovation to bring new life to the community. RCI was contracted to design, engineer, permit and construct the project. Access in courtyards is always difficult and this project was no different with a few special twists. The middle access point had a support pole for the second floor directly in the center of the walkway. RCI jack-supported the second floor, removed and re-positioned the pole during construction, welded the footer and top supports upon completion, all the while using small equipment to demolish the existing pool, fence and deck through a 6-1/2 foot wide hallway. If we can get to it, we figure a way to get it done! RCI designed a new in-shell application with increased water access, added tanning shelves, an equipment package, fencing, drainage and a bright new landscape.
Design – 10 days, Engineering – 7 days, Permitting – varies on permits required BOH, Levee, Municipal (60 days max), Construction – 45 working days
The new University Medical Center (UMC) sits in the center of Canal Street in downtown New Orleans located next to the new Veterans Health Care System, LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane Medical Center. In the center of the expanding medical district, UMC will replace the old Charity Hospital which closed after Hurricane Katrina and will be the only Level One trauma center in Southeast Louisiana. The hospital is scheduled to open August 2015 and will restore much needed medical services to the community in a state-of-the-art facility equipped to withstand hurricane winds and flooding. This project is a joint venture with architects Blitch Knevel and NBBJ with general contractors MAPP Construction and Skanska.
Since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Southeast Region, New Orleans East has been without a hospital facility to treat the local community. Slowly but surely the once booming area has since come back to life. There are new restaurants, updated housing facilities, and the once beautiful neighborhoods are showing signs of life. With the influx of people, the community was in need of the hospital to be rebuilt to service its citizens. New Orleans East Hospital was recently completed and is now better than ever with first class facilities. RCI embraced their role on this project installing the landscaping and irrigation system for the hospital under the design of Spackman Mossop Michaels. The Lemoine Company was the General Contractor on this project and the architectural process was a joint venture involving Eskew Dumez & Ripple and Manning Architects with WHCC Architectures as the associate architects. RCI will provide ongoing maintenance of the grounds. With the collaborative efforts of all parties involved, New Orleans East is able to provide healthcare on a grand scale once again.
During the four month project at New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, RCI re-plastered the pool and re-designed the deep end to change the depth from 10 feet to 6 feet. A new deck overlay was added along with new tile and pool coping. The existing kiddie pool was demolished and replaced with a new splash pad branded in N.O.L.T.C. colors with tipping buckets and decorative tennis ball spray fountains. A pavilion was added as well as landscaping, fencing, gates, and new surfacing at the playground. RCI worked with landscape architect Brian Sublette, architect Steve Finegan, and J. Lee Stall of New Orleans Lawn Tennis club on this project.
South Market District is a new development in the center of downtown New Orleans that will feature a mix of chic residences with eclectic retail spaces, restaurants and entertainment venues. RCI was awarded two phases of this stylish development and had the opportunity to work with Woodward Design Build, Spackmann Mossop and Michaels and Eskew Dumez & Ripple on this project. We finished up the first phase of the new luxury apartment, “The Paramount “, where we installed irrigation and landscaping. The resort-style outdoor area includes a lush landscaped courtyard featuring Queen Palms, Shell Ginger, Elephant Ears, and Philodendron. We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work in this center of new energy that Domain Companies has created transforming historic downtown.
The corner of the former C.J. Peete complex, which was the launching ground for Bounce and New Orleans rap music, is now a $24.4 million dollar shopping center called Magnolia Marketplace. The new 106,000 sq. ft. mall sits on 6.5 acres at the corner of South Claiborne Avenue and Toledano Street. Claiborne Avenue, the longest street that connects Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes with Uptown, the Central Business District and Downtown, transports an average of 70,000 cars per day, so city officials are encouraging people to “stop and shop”. This development is a joint venture with Stirling Properties and JCH Development headed up by Townsend Underhill and Tara Hernanadez. We had the pleasure of working with the Director of Project Management Mark Salvetti of Stirling Properties on the landscape and irrigation installation and Property Manager Amy Allen on the landscape maintenance. The architects were Mathes Zito and Duplantis Design Group.The shopping center will fill a large retail void in Central City and will also bring a lot of attention back to an area that has contributed so much to the culture of New Orleans. There is 110 foot long wall along Toledano Street that features beautiful artwork dedicated to the history of the area. Check out the ribbon cutting ceremony here.
RCI, acting as General Contractor, is proud to announce the completion of the CPZ art installation and beautifully landscaped Mardi Gras bead located across from Lakeside Shopping center on the Veterans Memorial Blvd neutral ground. The new Mardi Gras Plaza incorporates grass within the concrete edged medallions which look like Carnival beads from up above, Medjool Palms, lighting and irrigation. The design tells a story about the history of Carnival in Jefferson Parish and features a Mardi Gras mask, the state bird and all 31 Krewes that have rolled through. Bryan Parks with Greg Cantrell, Inc. worked with Jefferson Parish for about three years on the design/concept for the new plaza to provide a paved, decorated, landscaped site for Family Gras and other functions throughout the year. In the past Family Gras has often turned into a soggy affair, but this year there were no worries. RCI installed pavers on top of concrete so there would be no muddy boots at the festival. RCI completed the $860k project in four months. Watch the ribbon cutting ceremony and see all the details of the Mardi Gras Plaza here
This is an indoor therapy pool for the Army base to help wounded soldiers with their recovery. Special underwater therapy is needed, so therapy bars were built underwater throughout the entire length of the pool. The bars allow for standing up in the pool and plenty of leg movement. A large handicap ramp was also designed for the pool entrance.
The Laketown Beautification project designed by Bryan Parks will cover the center median of Williams Boulevard from Vintage Drive to the levee at Laketown. The project will feature new landscape, an automated irrigation system, lighting, landscape walls, a Laketown sign and artwork. Mr. Henry Shane has donated a sculpture to the project by Alabama artist Frank Ledbetter. Mr. Ledbetter’s sculpture is titled ‘Drying & Dreaming’, and is fabricated from stainless steel. The sculpture will be located on the north side of the Joe Yenni Boulevard and Williams Boulevard Intersection.
This wading/splash pool is a 1,500 sq.ft. pool with various depths from 0 to 18″ organized into different zones. The side closest to the lap pool has a “zero entry” with numerous bubblers and jets shooting out of the pool bottom. The pool bottom slopes very gradually down to the mid-section of the pool, which is 12″ deep and has a “water tunnel” of arching jets spraying over the pool from the side of the pool deck. From here, the pool slopes further to 18″ deep in a circular open swimming area. Finally, the pool slopes back up to 6″ depth toward the open lawn area, and has another play feature a “water umbrella”. Surrounding the pool are areas for different kinds of seating and tables as well as space for two shade canopies. The area of the pool deck near the Oak tree is constructed of composite wood decking suspended over the ground so as to minimize disturbance to the tree roots and the existing surface drainage. The pool deck area is enclosed by an open railing system at access points. Built-in bench walls form some of the pool deck edges, while the south side has a privacy screen fence and hedge. The lawn area to the north is graded to slope up to the pool deck for a connection to that area.
In the New Orleans’ eclectic Bywater, Mickey Markey Park is one of the neighborhood’s only green spaces. The park is a valued place and was in much need of renovation. RCI worked with the Trust for Public Land, New Orleans Recreation Department Commission and the Bywater Neighborhood Association to renovate this neighborhood park. RCI acting as the General Contractor was responsible for the complete demolition, site grading, landscaping, hardscape and all site furnishings. The substantial improvements included a new playground and make the park a community gathering spot for all residents to enjoy.
The atriums at the main campus of Ochsner are designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for patients. The design with detailed plantings, stepping stones and boulders is similar to a Zen /Japanese garden with a soothing mediation area. RCI was responsible for the design build of the two indoor atriums as well as one outdoor glassed in atrium with an open air top.
In addition to being one of the premiere master planned communities on the Northshore, Bedico Creek Preserve, is the Northshore’s only Conservation Community. This means more natural green spaces, acres of sprawling trees, parks, hiking trails, and waterways for the residents. RCI has maintained the property for several years. Our maintenance includes a wide breadth of services from standard landscape management, turf mowing and cleanup to natural area and walking trail maintenance, maintenance of water features and recreation areas.
This is the popular water park within Buccaneer State Park that borders the Gulf. RCI remodeled the 17,500 sq. ft. wave pool which included new filtration equipment, wave generation equipment, new tile and plaster. RCI installed a new 675sf plunge pool, new waterslides, pool filtration equipment, as well as a new 815 sq. ft. kiddy pool which included new filtration equipment, tipping buckets and a beach entry ramp. RCI also remodeled the 5,500 sq. ft. activity pool which included new filtration equipment, waterline tile and new plaster.
The new Ninth Grade Academy was built across the street from the main Chalmette High campus which includes state–of–the-art classrooms, a library, weight room, wrestling arena and a Junior Olympic-sized indoor pool. RCI designed and installed the school’s 6,300 sq. ft. competition pool, eight-lane competition lap pool, perimeter overflow concrete gutter, moveable bulkhead, and a Colorado Timing System.
After relocating to Covington, Louisiana in 2008, Hannan High School, a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory high school serving students in grades 8 -12, was ready to construct its athletic complex in 2012. RCI performed design assistance, installation and ongoing maintenance services on the project which included site work, drainage, irrigation, turf, erosion control for athletic fields and their surrounds.
With a footprint stretching four city blocks, The Saulet is the largest luxury apartment community in New Orleans. RCI performed the original installation of all landscape, irrigation and paving on the project. RCI completed a design/build renovation of the project after damage was sustained to the landscape. RCI has maintained this project for over a decade since the original completion of the construction.
This sports resort provides residents of the Northshore a one stop facility for fitness, swimming, spa, tennis, social and lifestyle needs. RCI installed the 2,012 sq. ft. four-lane lap pool with perimeter overflow gutter, the 3,450 sq. ft. leisure pool with beach entry and play features, the men’s/women’s indoor cold plunge and whirlpools and all landscaping and irrigation systems.
The newly renovated Morial Convention Center is ranked in the country’s top ten facilities to hold the most trade shows and conventions annually. RCI installed the landscape and irrigation, 5,000 sq. ft. of roof top pavers on pedestals, 15,000 sq. ft. of pavers on a concrete sub-slab, as well as limestone benches and site furnishings. RCI has maintained the landscape for over a decade.