Chalmette National Cemetery

Public Construction
About This Project

Chalmette National Cemetery Historic Masonry Wall Repair

Our work was subcontracted under the general contractor, Jones Brothers Enterprise of St. Rose, Louisiana.  The project began in early 2009 and was completed in the early 2010.  Sections of the wall had collapsed or were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  Masonry work was performed under Dowdle Construction Group’s subcontract (formerly Baron + Dowdle Construction) by WW Masonry Restoration.  Ground penetrating radar was used to verify that no graves would be impacted by the work performed below grade.

Following the radar work the brick were carefully removed and stacked on wooden pallets for delivery to a warehouse next to the cemetery (see picture number 3 from Speweik Preservation Consultants attached report). Each pallet was tagged to indicate the section of the wall where the brick were removed. Once in the warehouse, the brick were cleaned by hand using a chisel and stiff brush (see picture number 15 from Speweik report). After cleaning, the brick were again stacked on pallets (see picture 18 and 19).  Also see the article published in the Times-Picayune newspaper which is attached.

Before being reinstalled in the wall, all salvaged brick were soaked in water barrels for 7 days (see picture number 32). This process was documented by Speweik. The consultant also assisted Dowdle Construction Group personnel in creating a mortar match using a specific sand, mortar, and lime mix which had to be approved by the National Park Service. 

Total duration of the work was one year.  Completed photos have been included in our proposal and a letter of recommendation from Jones Brothers Enterprise.

Project Name: Chalmette National Cemetery Historic Masonry Wall Repair

  Solicitation No. 1443N2011080371

Project Location: 8606 West Saint Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA       70043

Owner:  US National Park Service

MS Susan Walsh

Denver Service Center

            12795 West Alameda Parkway

Denver, CO 80225

Phone: 303-969-2422

E Mail:

Schedule Duration: January 2009 through January 2010

        See Attached Schedule

Subcontract Amount:  $2,062,307

General Contractor:  Jones Brothers Enterprise, Inc

          PO Box 1053

  St Rose, LA  70087

Dollar Value of Total Construction:  $3,700,000

Photos and Graphic Images: See attached.