Southwest Pass Station


2018 AIA Excellence in Sustainability Honorable Mention from USGBC

Use: Industrial & Commercial
Location: Southwest Pass, Mississippi River
Size: 19,485 SF
Category: Architecture

One of NANO’s more unique projects involved researching, selecting and detailing a new exterior cladding system and roof for the Associated Branch Pilots’ Southwest Pass Station and generator building that could withstand the harsh marine conditions and 180 mph wind loads, replace and enhance the insulation value, decrease air and vapor seepage all while maintaining weight and structural limitations.

Renovating unique structures has become commonplace for NANO, prompting the development creative solutions. Working with a fiberglass reinforced panel (FRP) manufacturer, The A/E team selected a 3” pre-insulated system, incorporating custom detailing, sealing and shapes for a complete envelope system. Vertical baton strips assure weather proofing while adding articulation. Stainless steel connectors and flashings were utilized throughout. Roof panels were topped with a Fiberseal membrane. This is the first use of the Durashield system on a residential facility.

Two years after completion, it has withstood several tropical/hurricane events without incident, and achieved a 30% increase in efficiency.

Bayer/Monsanto Building


Use: Commercial
Location: Luling, LA
Size: 1,200 SF
Category: Architecture & Interior Design
Located within the Monsanto USA Industrial Complex, NANO was the architect for the renovation of the 1,200 SF project. The design and construction of the Executive Reception area, office bathrooms, and conference center was completed on accelerated time line to accommodate for a meeting with critical stakeholders and investors.

The addition of specialty systems included bullet-resistant glazing, a full-integrated sprinkler and a fire and security alarm system.

The entry sequence was reconfigured to better direct the flow of visitors, with the focal point being the reception desk that was custom designed and built by NANO out of Missouri Black Walnut and geometric metal panels from E. Kraemer Metalworks.