(Gray, La.) — Danos hosted a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 29, for its new corporate headquarters. Friends, family, clients and elected officials gathered to celebrate the new 64,000-square-foot facility located in Gray, La. The 68-year-old, family owned company was previously based in Larose.
Nestled among live oaks and small ponds on the 11-acre property, the new state-of-the-art office includes space for up to 250 employees. Lead architect and Houma native Greg Lacour of the Houston-based architectural firm Gensler designed the building, which combines modern and naturalistic elements in harmony with the surrounding environment.
This organization is not about the building – we’re celebrating that today – it’s about the people that fill the building. Everybody that works for us is part of our family,” noted Executive Vice President Eric Danos.
A central “great room” with floor-to-ceiling windows provides employees with a place to enjoy lunch, meet over coffee or collaborate in small groups. The great room connects to an on-site employee lunchroom, which offers sandwiches, soups and salads. A fully equipped gym along with men’s and women’s locker rooms make it easy for employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
One wall of the great room depicts Danos’ history in a 32-foot-long interactive display spanning from the company’s early founding in 1947 to the present and beyond. A locally harvested cypress staircase leads to the second floor and a custom 9- by 15-foot world map with magnetic pins representing every Danos location and field employee.
CEO Hank Danos expressed gratitude for the community’s support.
“From Larose to Gray is a short distance in miles, but we’ve covered a lot of territory in those 68 years. We’re proud to be here. Our team members, our community partners and our customers are vital to our success,” he said.