LEMOINE congratulates Sr. Superintendent, Danny Barwell, on his recent retirement and celebrates his contributions to both the organization and construction industry.
Throughout Danny’s 8-year tenure at LEMOINE, he has played an integral role in leading many project teams to great successes. With five decades in the construction industry, Danny leaves an incredible built legacy in the many projects he has overseen along the Gulf Coast, and an indelible mark on the multitude of people he has encountered along the way.
Leading such efforts as the National WWII Museum Parking Garage, the Barbara Greenbaum House at Tulane University, Gulf State Park Interpretative Center, and UMC Parking Garage, Danny’s leadership skills and pure love for the craft of construction will be enjoyed by many for generations to come.
Spanning an incredible 50-year career, Danny had the opportunity to work with numerous clients, trade partners, and team members. Hearing from some of Danny’s teammates through the years illustrates the tenacity Danny brings every day.
“There are no challenges. Only opportunities for success.” Darren Scott, LEMOINE Lead Estimator recalls Danny sharing these words during their work together at Gulf State Park. The Interpretive Center, located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, had many opportunities for success. The unique structure is the educational gateway to the park and is a tangible expression of the vision for Gulf State Park. The Center was designed to provide a net positive impact to the local environment and features a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly design brought to life by construction. The project was constructed utilizing LEED Platinum and Fortified Commercial certification practices. In addition, the project is undergoing the review process to achieve a Full Living Certification by the International Living Future Institute. Once formal certification is received, it will be among only 100 projects to achieve this certification in the world.
More recently, Danny prepared for construction efforts at Ochsner Lafayette General’s new parking garage in Lafayette, LA. The $13 million structure located along South College Avenue is being built to support the increasing needs of Ochsner Lafayette General’s main campus, a 334-bed facility servicing Acadiana and beyond.
Also teaming to construct the 4-story 550-space deck, Bryan Bourque, LEMOINE Project Manager, shared his experience working with Danny. According to Bryan and others, aside from his abilities as a master-builder, Danny is widely admired as a great teacher. “With each discussion, Mr. Danny’s love for all things construction became more and more evident. The lessons I learned from Mr. Danny in these daily talks in just his first couple of weeks on the job far surpassed what I had learned in the weeks leading up to his arrival,” said Bryan. “While his extensive knowledge of construction was very impressive, what was even more meaningful to me was his willingness to freely share that knowledge and the patience he showed while doing it.” Bryan expressed his gratitude to have worked with Danny, even if for a limited time, and said he will take the many lessons forward in his construction career.
In retirement, Danny looks forward to spending time with his family, especially his bride Debbie, and grandson Lane. With his extra time, Danny will soak up more days on his farm in Mississippi, make way for odd-and-end projects at home, devote more time to his dog training hobby, expand his published content, and continue to train the next generation of skilled craftsmen.
From everyone at ONE LEMOINE, thank you for everything, Danny! We wish you well!