This article was originally featured in Biz New Orleans on November 1, 2016. Article by Melanie Warner Spencer.
Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a regional non-profit economic development alliance that serves as the catalyst for wealth creation in the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana. After moving their offices to the 34th floor of the Energy Centre, GNO, Inc. hired NANO to transform their new corporate home into a space that aligned with their mission and emphasized their role as the conduit for incoming businesses into Southeast Louisiana.
The walls are decorated with art from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, including several pieces by Hunt Slonem, as well as paintings by a host of other local artists such as Becky Fos and James Michalopoulos, with murals from Crystal Clear Imaging.
A casual lounge area outside the large boardroom serves as a breakout space during meetings and retreats. The “Brainstorming Room” down the hall is another casual meeting area with colorful walls, a sofa and sitting ball. In the “Presentation Room,” the atmosphere is slightly more formal. It features neutral colors, white boards and maps of the state and the region by CCI.
In the main open office space, colorful yellow accent walls and orange and red cubbies break up the neutral, light gray walls and carpet with nearly 360-degree views of the city a head turn away.
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“[The new space] allows more interaction with people in the office,” says Teague. “I can see visitors as they walk by. The move also allowed us to design it how we wanted it and was an opportunity for a cohesive furniture plan.”