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GNO Inc.


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1100 Poydras Street

Suite 3475



Greater New Orleans, Inc.


  • Terri Dreyer
  • Ian Dreyer
  • Martha Pearson


  • General Contractor: PPS Commercial Unlimited
  • Other: Huseman & Associates
  • Other: Bart's Office Furniture, Inc.

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Year Completed



10,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a non-profit regional economic development alliance serving as the catalyst for wealth creation in the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana. NANO transformed the literal representation of the region into an architectural strategy and incorporated it throughout the space. A key piece representing this strategy is the prominent feature wall displayed as visitors enter the hallway leading to GNO, Inc.’s office. The feature wall was custom-designed and built by NANO out of 3form Chroma and cypress plywood as an interpretation on the geographical representation of the 10 parishes the organization serves. Continuing into the offices, visitors are transported over the “reception threshold” into the conference center. Translating the organization’s mission of being a catalyst for the region and a conduit of information is accented by the reception desk that was custom-designed and built by NANO out of 3form Chroma and cypress plywood with hidden LED lights.
Throughout the entire office footprint, thoughtful selections were made that used local materials and regional graphic design.
The space includes an open-office set up using Knoll Antenna Workspaces for ease of collaboration among colleagues. The ten private offices along the exterior wall are faced with glass to allow natural light to permeate into the center of the space, but still allow for confidential conversations. These offices all include office suites from Haworth. Three conference rooms encourage productivity, with one reserved as a “brain storming room” that has alternate seating options and brighter colors to ignite creative thinking. The 80 person board/learning room overlooks the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and is outfitted with movable tables by Nucraft and chairs from Haworth’s Very collection of seating. Being able to configure the room for any type of event, whether for board meetings, workshops, seminars or learning events, allows the fullest utilization possible for the space.
The artwork throughout the offices is on loan from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. NANO assisted in the selection of a majority of the pieces on display.

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