The Rebirth of the Cove at UNO

The Cove: what used to be the hub of student life and nostalgia at the University of New Orleans has been rejuvenated. After more than 6 years the campus dining facility, severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina, is fully renovated and reopened. Holly and Smith Architects, APAC has been heavily involved with FEMA in the restoration and repairs of most of the UNO campus facilities damaged after the storm. H/S was commissioned to renovate the 16,416 square -foot popular student hangout which will host a contemporary dining and entertainment facility featuring: the Sandbar a live music venue, a full service bar, and a luxuriant outdoor courtyard. With a second line band leading the way to the grand opening ceremony, hundreds of students, alumni, and members of the community including UL President Randy Moffett and jazz phenomenon Ellis Marsellis awaited in anticipation for the official ribbon cutting on December 2nd, 2011. The festivities continued with an enlightening speech by Governor Bobby Jindal along with Student Government President John Mineo commemorating the success of the project and future opportunities for UNO. Guests could feel Irvin Mayfield recalling memories of the past and creating notes for the future as he serenaded the crowd on his trumpet. With the grand opening a remarkable success, the rebirth of the Cove will quickly regain its status as the verve and the center of student life at UNO