New cafe and food options, state-of-the-art conference center and upgraded lobby.
Stirling Properties announces major renovations to the Pan American Life Center, a 673,000-square-foot premier office building located at the corner of Poydras Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. Construction is currently underway for a $7 million redevelopment project that will include a renovated café, state-of-the-art conference center and upgraded ground floor lobby to better position the building in the evolving office landscape. The café and conference center will continue to be managed by Sodexo.
The café-style restaurant will be located on the 11th floor, offering professional food service and enhanced menu options for building tenants, users of the conference center and surrounding customers. The renovation work on the 11th floor will feature a modernized dining area, upgraded furniture, new flooring, LED lighting and an exciting new menu. Construction began in early January and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.
During the renovation, the existing café is closed; however, a new Café Micro Market has been opened in the lobby on the first floor adjacent to Smoothie King. The Micro Market is open daily, offering hot menu items such as breakfast, soups, salads, grab-and-go sandwiches and gourmet entrees.
A modern state-of-the-art conference center will be constructed on the 11th floor featuring high-tech audio/visual equipment, a tiered-seating auditorium and a variety of attractive catering packages. Following national trends of space utilization and the desire for open, collaborative work environments and flexible seating arrangements, the new conference center will offer multi-purpose meeting space available in various sizes and configurations. Conference room reservations are expected to begin in the second quarter, with the re-opening of the conference center early in the third quarter.
Renovations to the main lobby and building entrance began late last year and are nearing completion. Upgrades include a modernized, inviting lobby with brighter wall finishes, new furniture, LED lighting, renovated restrooms and installation of an electronic directory. Renovation work is expected to be complete just in time for Mardi Gras festivities.
“The renovations underway at the Pan American Life Center will uniquely position the office tower as one of a kind in the New Orleans CBD, offering new and improved amenities for existing and future tenants. These building enhancements will make our workplace more enjoyable, and also attractive in recruiting and retaining employees,” said Jose S. Suquet, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group.
“IBERIABANK is looking forward to the upgrades coming to the Pan American Life Center. As a major occupant of the building, we know that these improved amenities, along with the enhanced co-working and common areas, will be a huge benefit to the tenants, our existing and future workforce, and our customers,” said Hunter Hill, New Orleans Market President for IBERIABANK.
“Stirling Properties recognizes the changing office environment. Users want more collaborative, open floor plans, ample amenities and innovative trophy projects. These trends in the commercial industry increase the need for more curated properties,” said Grady Brame, Executive Vice President with Stirling Properties. “This renovation will better position the Pan American Life Center for long-term sustainability. It’s an investment in the future workplace that will make our building more attractive and functional for current tenants and new prospects.”
Pan American Life Center is recognized as one of New Orleans’ most prestigious office towers, boasting high-quality tenants in addition to housing the national and regional headquarters of many premier corporations. Built in 1980, the granite-clad, Class A trophy tower encompasses roughly 673,000 square feet of office and retail space, as well as an eight-story parking structure. Office tenants include Pan American Life Insurance Group, IBERIABANK, Morris Bart Law Offices, McGlinchey Stafford, Merrill Lynch and Stirling Properties. First-floor retail tenants include Smoothie King, Starbucks, Tsunami and IBERIABANK. Stirling Properties’ affiliates own the property and are the exclusive management and leasing agents for the Pan American Life Center.