Built on approximately 144-acres of lightly wooded, previously undeveloped marshy land, the theme park was built on an elevated, pile-supported concrete deck, a value-engineering recommendation by Broadmoor which lessened the construction time a full year. Site clearing began in July of 1998, pile-driving in January 1999, and building construction in March of 1999. Broadmoor successfully delivered this facility in 22 months - a record schedule which was fast-tracked, overlapping design and construction activities, an inherent process to design-build project delivery.
With Broadmoor designers working with Jazzland owners during the conceptual stages, many of the parks features are seen in the earliest conceptual drawings produced by Broadmoor's in-house architectural team.
Broadmoor installed all site utilities and infrastructure to support what could be considered a small city of over 70 structures. Another unique aspect of the contract was procurement and installation of the rides, which were upgraded late in the construction schedule, with Broadmoor providing the structural design of the foundations which were built for each ride. At peak, the project had over 500 construction workers on-site. Five miles of hand railing were installed over the 300,000 square foot deck which served as the midway of the park. Fifty-one acres of parking lot, a 13-acre lake, and a 3.5-acre basin were constructed by Broadmoor.
All of the design for the park was produced locally with the exception of a few specialized disciplines hired by the owner directly. Broadmoor contracted with over 200 local vendors and subcontractors to help build the park, keeping much the benefits of this project in the local market. Broadmoor was presented a proclamation for outstanding efforts in exceeding minority participation goals from the New Orleans City Council.
Owner: Jazzland, Inc.
Architect: Broadmoor, LLC
Contract Value: $80,000,000
Size: 144 acres
Services: Design-Build Contractor