Kirkland & Ellis Law

Corporate

Introduction

This international law firm, one of the most profitable in the world, sought to better serve their Northeast US client-base by establishing a Boston office, the look and feel of which needed to mirror their excellence. With no headquarters location, Boston is the eighth US city to join the ranks among Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Munich, and 11 other offices around the globe. They engaged Fort Point PM to provide full project and relocation management services to make their world-class space a reality.

The Challenge

Kirkland & Ellis wanted their new office to have a sophisticated, understated elegance where lawyers and administrative professionals could collaborate seamlessly.

Their ideal location in the Hancock Tower provided structural, mechanical, and electrical obstacles required creative solutions to accomplish their aesthetic goals. Large existing convectors were an eyesore, dedicated internal stairs did not exist, and the client required a full-service data center in an era where most firms have fully transitioned to the cloud.

The Process

Private offices and conference rooms are complemented by a full-service kitchen, game room, and interspersed breakout paces.

An elaborate interconnecting stair for easy vertical access creates drama and opportunities for staff interaction. Glass office fronts, high-end millwork, marble tile, lacquer panels, and wood accents create the desired aesthetic. Large convectors were replaced with their smaller European counterparts to produce the minimalist aesthetic and optimize space utilization.  A data center was created with mission-critical electrical and mechanical capabilities, including an emerging gas biosupression system.

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The project team collaborated to highlight the "one of a kind" feature in the space; stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cambridge, and beyond.

Conclusion

The design and material selection portrays the Kirkland and Ellis culture and brand while highlighting breathtaking views from the 46 th and 47 th floors atop the Hancock Tower at 200 Clarendon St. This contemporary high-tech space encourages casual interaction and collaboration amongst staff in an office, conference room, or breakout space. Lawyers who work the typical long hours can take breaks by playing ping pong, or enjoying an exotic beer, on tap, while taking in the sights.