(Gray, La.) — Danos hosted a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 29, for its new corporate headquarters in Gray. Friends, family, clients and elected officials gathered to celebrate the new 64,000-square-foot facility.
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.
Danos CEO Hank Danos cuts the ribbon Wednesday afternoon for the company’s new headquarters.
Posted on Fri, July 31, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette