NANO to oversee $180 million Stage 2 renovation of convention center

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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority has selected NANO SARL to be the official architect for Stage 2 renovations of the ongoing $557 million capital improvement plan for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. NANO founders Terri and Ian Dreyer will lead a team of contractors to complete the $180 million project to “modernize and sustain” the nearly 40-year-old facility.

The comprehensive renovations will replace large portions of the property’s pre-function space with “hospitality-focused design and cutting-edge amenities,” according to a statement. Planned renovations include new construction that will serve as the new main entrance to the convention center and a newly created third-level grand ballroom overlooking the Mississippi River. NANO will also add new design curves into the existing facility to create a larger outdoor plaza.

A NANO spokesperson said the company’s primary design directive was two-fold: “to modernize interior and exterior spaces while incorporating the New Orleans experience into the facility through art , lighting, textures, rhythms, movement and visitor interactions Interpreting and thoughtfully incorporating into the renovations the patterns, urban archetypes and natural forces of the Mississippi River that have shaped the system of Crescent City’s unique urban grid, NANO’s designs reflect the indelible essence of New Orleans without relying on overused symbolism.

“As a woman-owned business and a state- and region-certified disadvantaged commercial enterprise, being part of this transformative project has been a game-changer for our business,” said Terri Hogan Dreyer, Managing Partner of NANO Architecture. “By investing in local businesses like ours, the Convention Center is helping NANO – and other contractors and contractors – pave the way for more small businesses to start thinking bigger and growing faster.


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