A progressive law firm with new leadership,
established and practicing in the Midwest, is
embarking on a merger with a traditional law
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 firms need for harmony.
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.
An alternative and strategic plan was in order
to merge the two cultures in harmony. A
non-hierarchal universal size layout had (1)
(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.
Case Study 2