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A progressive law firm with new leadership, established and practicing in the Midwest, is embarking on a merger with a traditional law firm.

The Challenge:

The two cultures must come together and practice law, with both traditional and progressive mind sets, is in need of a new space that will accommodate the two firm’s need for harmony.

The Needs:

• A space that is flexible for future growth projections and turnover patterns.
• A space that will accommodate the practice of the merged firm into the future.
• A space that is economical.

The existing traditional layout had (3) office size types as follows:

• (12) Senior Partner offices at 300 sq ft, representing 15'-0” x 20'-0”
• (24) Partner offices at 225 sq ft, representing 15'-0” x 15'-0”
• (72) Associate offices at 150 sq ft, representing 15'-0” x 10'-0”

The existing traditional layout rendered the floor plate between (27-28) offices on (4) floors at approximately 25,000 sq ft per floor and (1) contiguous floor dedicated to all support services. The total square footage rendered approximately 100,000 sq ft. The area per attorney rendered 910 sq ft.

The Solution:

An alternative and strategic plan was in order to merge the two cultures in harmony. A non-hierarchal universal size layout had (1) size office:

• (108) Attorneys at 150 sq ft, representing 15'-0” x 10'-0” each

The universal size layout rendered the floor plate between (35-36) offices on (3) floors at approximately 25,000 sq ft per floor and (1)non-contiguous floor dedicated to support services. The support floor was strategically planned at a lower floor in the stack to reduce rent rate. The total square footage rendered approximately 75,000 sq ft. The area per attorney rendered 694 sq ft. The net rent rate was approximately $21.50 a sq ft with taxes and operations approximately $7.50 a sq ft. The gross rent rate was approximately $29.00 sq ft with an escalation of 3.5%.

Savings per year in rent was $725,000 with the total savings in rent for the term of the (10) year lease $7,250,000.

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