Washington, DC’s first LEED Platinum building is now home to the new LEED Silver offices for the internationally renowned law firm Fried Frank. For the elevator lobbies which boast reclaimed, environmentally sustainable wood to the automatic solar tracked motorized window shades, Fried Frank turned to Structure Tone’s expertise when constructing eco-friendly offices. All team members provided leadership and guidance with the green initiatives.
The firm occupies four floors, totaling over 102,000sf. A prominent detail is the new internal staircase joining floors five through eight. The new space features:
- new elevator lobbies
- reception area
- conference center with state-of-the-art audio/visual and teleconference technology
- attorney practice floors
- amenity areas—including a café and servery
The building Fried Frank was moving into was established as LEED Platinum certified. This required extensive planning with the building management. Every process of the construction and material being used was scrutinized to ensure that new fit-out space met the LEED standards of the building and did not compromise their certification. In particular, the air quality was continually monitored for the space as well as the entire building.
Coordination was also required to keep the building tenants, which increased from one to three during the construction process abreast of the construction activities. Fried Frank occupied the middle floors of the building and accommodated tenants above and below. A further challenge came from the building location in the heart of downtown DC, which provided very little delivery space. Deliveries were strictly scheduled and coordinated with the building manager to alleviate congestion around the building and disturbance of the neighbors.