Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials: Read what clients are saying about McDonnel’s comprehensive commercial construction services.

As the owner’s representative on the French Quarter Residences since the project’s inception, I can personally attest to McDonnel’s knowledge, professionalism, teamwork, and quality.  This was a complex adaptive reuse project with extensive unknown conditions and difficult logistics in a high profile historic New Orleans neighborhood.

McDonnel worked in a design assist role with the project’s designers, John Williams Architects, which provided an opportunity to propose potential solutions and keep the project moving.  McDonnel carefully managed and mentored several DBE firms and assisted the owner with the real estate tax abatement process.  The project was delivered without any reportable safety incidents.

McDonnel’s Project Manager, Jeffrey Proctor, addressed and resolved problems as they arose.  His positive and willing attitude was consistent throughout the life of the project, even through the many challenges that arose.

As a result of their unwavering commitment, the construction team delivered a timely and budget appropriate project, representing the highest level of quality, despite all the obstacles.  Therefore, it is with full confidence and pleasure that I can recommend The McDonnel Group.

Andy Miller, Firebrand, Owner's Representative

French Quarter Residences at 939 Iberville

“Troy is the best superintendent I’ve worked with... I’ve managed many large TI projects, both in New Orleans and in Los Angeles and by far, Troy has exceeded my expectations with regard to his knowledge, skill, demeanor, and management of the subcontractors on site. His problem solving ability has been crucial to this project. Our Project Manager, Stephen is great... He is detail oriented and on top of all aspects of this projects. I’ve been very impressed with his committment and dedication to our construction process...”

Lisa Weeks
Regional Office Manager - Adams & Reese Law Offices

... The quality of work is still apparent nearly three years after completion… to completely demo and rebuild the lobby, food & beverage outlets, and retail space in an operating hotel is a monumental task that I would not trust to most contractors - McDonnel provided professional, experienced staff that quickly aligned their actions with the goals of the owner... we hold the safety of our guests, employees, and contractors as the primary goal in every project and McDonnel shares these values and went above and beyond to ensure a safe working environment for all including some unique traffic flow plans... end results are what counts and based upon our experience I would rate McDonnel very high in all regards to perform complicated renovations in an operating hotel...

Fredric Battista
Senior Vice President, Project Development Services, Jones Lang LaSalle - New Orleans Marriott Hotel Restaurant 5 Fifty 5 and Lobby Bar Renovations

...This new facility will incorporate the best practices of the American Correctional Association, from the latest in security technology to space that better accommodates our inmate training and education programs... a replacement facility that offers safer, more secure living and working conditions for our inmates and deputies...

Marlin Gusman
Sheriff, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office - Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office New Prison Complex

… McDonnel demonstrated a real talent for understanding the importance of the millwork... they had the ability to execute many unusual and different designs and complete the project as scheduled with all the associated trades and millwork and all the counterparts including speakers, video, and glass...

Timothy Terrell
Project Architect, Williams & Associates Architects - Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Thank you for a job well done here at the Airport. Your team ought to be very proud for the difference they have made for our community. Thank you.

Iftikhar Ahmad
Director of Aviation, New Orleans Aviation Board - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Phase IV & IV-A Modernizations and Southwest Airlines Gates Renovations

Thank you for a job well done here at the Airport. Your team ought to be very proud for the difference they have made for our community. Thank you.

Iftikhar Ahmad
Director of Aviation, New Orleans Aviation Board - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Concourse D Expansion

When you walk in to Baker Donelson’s new offices, the design really speaks to the firm’s personality. Everything is clean, sleek, and contemporary. There’s a cohesive identity to both floors they didn’t previously have...

Vicki Cusimano
Project Designer, Mathes Brierre Architects - Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz Tenant Improvements

The Circle Food Store was not only a full service grocery, it was a warm and welcoming community hub for generations of New Orleans residents and the first African-American owned and operated grocery store in our city. Bringing it back is a major accomplishment, and we’ve reached this milestone because of the perseverance of Dwayne Boudreaux, who was determined to see The Circle Food Store return better than it was before. I commend him for never giving up on this iconic store.

Mitch Landrieu
Mayor, City of New Orleans - Circle Food Store Historic Renovation

... We’re building the largest frozen poultry export facility in this hemisphere…

Mike Strain
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner - Port of New Orleans Riverfront Cold Storage Facility

…Your team worked hand in hand with our staff throughout the planning, construction, and close-out and we believe that is the primary reason for such a successful project… given an aggressive schedule McDonnel demonstrated the ability to complete this complex project in a timely fashion with the quality and value we've come to expect from your firm and your dedicated staff... the project management staff and field supervision teams are to be commended for their commitment as well as their communication skills, responsiveness, and thorough knowledge of hotel renovations... we were impressed with the level of attention given to the project, to our firm, and to the hotel staff and's extremely rare to conduct business with construction firms that operate with integrity, honesty, competency, professionalism, and enthusiasm - all of these virtues are found in McDonnel... thank you for a job well done...

Gary Houston
AIA, Houston/Tyner Architects - New Orleans Marriott Hotel Ballroom and Meeting Space Renovations

... McDonnel’s project management team and field personnel did an exceptional job of overcoming logistical challenges... we attribute the overall success of the project to TMG’s ability to efficiently manage and coordinate all the subcontractor trades, communicate effectively with hotel management, and deliver the project on time...

Gil Zanchi
Former Area General Manager, New Orleans Marriott Hotel - New Orleans Marriott Hotel Lobby, Public Space, Bar, and Restaurant Renovations

I highly recommend The McDonnel Group for any hospital or healthcare construction project. My experience working with them has proven to be both beneficial as an owner and rewarding on a professional and personal level

Jay Hornung
Healthcare Building Solutions (former Vice President of Facilities & Construction, MedCath Corporation - Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital

Quality workmanship achieved in a professional manner... The Project Management team is organized and committed to complete the project within the very condensed construction time... coordination oriented, experienced team approach that resolved issues immediately... preparation of cost proposal documentation with proposed changes was exceptional... having been exposed to numerous public low bid contractors during our 30+ years of practice it was a refreshing experience working with The McDonnel Group...

Henry Duplantier
Partner, Duplantier & Meric Architects - Chalmette Medical Center ICU, Lab, Patient Room Additions & Renovations

The willingness of Allan McDonnel and his senior staff in expeditiously solving problems, is the best thing about collaboration with The McDonnel Group. Also, Mr. McDonnel brings alternate means and methods to the table to accommodate tight budgets and retain the design intent of the program...

Edward Mathes
Chairman, Mathes Brierre Architects - UNO Navy Information Technology Center Building #4

We were really impressed with those guys. McDonnel is really ahead of the curve…

Gus Cantrell
Director of Capital Planning & Development, University of New Orleans - UNO Center for Energy Resources Management (CERM)

… the project was kept on time and finished ahead of schedule… McDonnel's communication was always prompt and with a firm grip of the issues…

Kenneth Sprague
Vice President - Architecture, Fauntleroy & Latham Architects - Lakeshore High School

… a very talented and experienced team… The McDonnel Group did a great job at Hannan… thank you…

Michael Burnett
Assistant Director, Archdiocese of New Orleans - Archbishop Hannan High School

After completion of the Navy project, we again sought McDonnel’s services to construct the Belle Chasse Academy. After working closely with The McDonnel Group for the last two years, we find them very capable of meeting deadlines and schedules; “on-time and on budget” is not just a cliche but common practice. We also find that even on the rare occasion where we encounter a bump in the road, their staff members are professional, courteous, problem solvers who are also a pleasure to work with. We have no hesitation in recommending their services.

George Hero, IV
AIA, Columbus General Properties - Belle Chasse Academy
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