"Designing an exterior panel that could withstand a hurricane got a real life test when Hurricane Georges drove tree limbs into our panels and drove rain into our panels with such force and fury that entire faces were discolored. We mobilized two shifts a day, seven days a week, in the application of an elastomeric coating to the entire building."

We worked from tents on this job, fabricating exterior panels under canvas during daily Mississippi Delta rains, panels being readied for placement on the 34 stories of this Gulf Riviera showplace. All told, our work eventually extended from exterior panels to hotel rooms to the low-rise interiors of the accompanying restaurants and shops in a project that stretched across 22 months. Our initial design challenge: an exterior panel that could stand up to a hurriacane. The panels, tested in a wind tunnel and produced on-site, were all installed, in the last stages of touch-up, when Hurricane Georges decided to give our work a real-world examination. Those outrageous winds stuck tree limbs into our panels. They drove rain into our panels with enough force and fury to discolor entire faces. No problem. We mobilized two shifts a day, seven days a week, in the application of an elastomeric coating to the entire building. The Beau Rivage opened as scheduled.

Architects involved: Paul Steelman Companies

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