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CCM Completes Millwork for WW II Museum

View across the American Room at WW II Museum

View across the American Room at WW II Museum

CCM Achieves Victory in Completing the WWII Museum Millwork Job

High-fives erupted in CCM’s office last summer when we learned we had been awarded the WW II Museum millwork contract. After the initial euphoria subsided, the reality of our immense challenge set in.

Central City Millworks, LLC teamed up with Hal Collums Construction LLC to bid on the fabrication and installation of custom architectural millwork for the extensive WW2 Museum expansion scheduled to open November 7th, 2009. Earlier in the year CCM had worked with Satterfield and Pontikes (one of the leading construction companies in the Gulf Coast region) to fabricate and install the millwork for the Saint Bernard Middle School.

After the initial euphoria subsided, the reality of our immense challenge set in

When the WW II Expansion project was announced and the plans by Voorsinger and Mathes Architects became available, we were pleased to learn that S&P was preparing a bid. The CCM estimating group worked with S&P for several months to develop a competitive bid for the WW2 Expansion including refining the bid with three addenda. All the hard work finally paid off with a phone call from S&P letting us know they had selected us as their millwork provider.

We succeeded in meeting our National WW II Museum challenge by delivering millwork that one of the project architects described as “fabulous”.

Now that we had the job and had mobilized our design and production departments, we started focusing on the obstacles. We realized that estimating the WW2 job would be complicated and technically challenging. And it became obvious that there were tremendous design challenges that had to be solved to accomplish the architect’s vision.

Plans show a millwright what the architect’s intentions were aesthetically, however it is the millwright’s responsibility to design cabinets, for instance, to meet the aesthetic goals while overcoming the structural and material challenges. We had to completely ramp-up our shop drawing department and our CAD design department before we could put this job into design production. Not only would we need to hire additional CAD designers but we also needed to increase our level of expertise with our CNC router. All these challenges seemed daunting, but failure was not an option. Our team understood this was a legacy job and that we had to be victorious for ourselves, our company, and our city.

Millwork at National WW2 Museum bar

Last week Central City Millworks succeeded in meeting our National WW II Museum challenge by delivering millwork that one of the project architects described as “fabulous”. Working as a team with Satterfield & Pontikes and many other great local and regional subcontractors, we delivered a new landmark to New Orleans.

This museum expansion is a new jewel in the crown of the tourism industry of New Orleans. CCM is proud of the role it played in ensuring victory for New Orleans and the New Orleans Tourism Industry.

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