Faegre Drinker 

Chicago | 99,000 SF

Faegre Drinker

Chicago | 99,000 sq. ft.  

  • The Faegre Drinker offices in Chicago
  • Lobby at Faergre Drinker's Chicago offices
  • Reception area at Faegre Drinker's Chicago offices
  • Coworking and lounge areas at Faegre Drinker's Chicago offices.
  • Activity-based work settings at Faegre Drinker's Chicago offices, designed by IA Interior Architects
  • Conference center floor with multi-purpose rooms and catering facilities at Faegre Drinker
  • Lounge and work area at Faegre Drinker's Chicago legal office
  • Perimeter private offices
  • legal support staff area at Faegre Drinker's Chicago location

Project Highlights

  • Three-and-a-half-floor consolidation from two Chicago locations post-merger
  • New direction in planning strategy mid-project led to hotelling, mobile/hybrid flexibility, and attorney interaction
  • Reduce square footage saved by hotelling sub-let as half floor
  • Conference center floor with multi-purpose rooms and catering facilities
  • Chicago space considered a pilot for offices nationwide
  • Summary

    At a new Chicago high rise, Faegre Drinker, the global law firm that merged Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath in 2020, consolidated its two locations into a single workplace with a future-forward law-office design combining the two cultures. The firm’s goals for the new work environment shifted mid-project as the COVID pandemic raised questions around where and how people work.

    During a brief project hold at the start of the pandemic, Faegre Drinker asked IA to leverage workplace trends and best practices outside the legal industry. This led to a design solution that went against law industry norms through the incorporation of hotelling, activity-based work settings, co-working space, and lounge areas.

    Perimeter private offices are right-sized in accordance with this new planning scenario; while interior offices increased to offset the absence of windows. Select offices are designated for hotelling or unassigned for mobile/hybrid employees. Spaces can flex between mobile/hybrid and assigned status via a kit-of-parts and modular work stations. Phone rooms, co-working areas, and lounges offer quiet or active areas across the floor plate. Users choose the space best for their needs and task from the many options. The hotelling solution reduced the square footage required, enabling Faegre Drinker to sub-lease half a floor.

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