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World-Class Law Offices in a Signature Building

Polsinelli Headquarters
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“We could not be more pleased with how every aspect of the building and design came together.”

Russ Welsh
Chairman and CEO, Polsinelli

The new headquarters for Polsinelli gives this fast-growing law firm a signature office building that embodies its culture and values.

As the anchor tenant of the Plaza Vista mixed-use development, Polsinelli had clear goals for the building’s interior environment and architectural character. The team worked closely with the law firm’s leaders and developer VanTrust Real Estate to design a building that achieved Polsinelli’s vision while creating a valuable asset for VanTrust.

Designed to showcase views of Country Club Plaza, the interior environment for Polsinelli’s 450 employees is timeless and metropolitan. A seven-story, cantilevered stairwell winds through the center of the building and acts like a sculptural wood ribbon that creates visual and physical connectivity. As the primary architectural element in the space, the stairwell provides a graceful elegance that balances the rectilinear forms of the building.

The plan’s strategic adjacencies optimize operational efficiencies and give Polsinelli the flexibility to reconfigure the layout over its 20-year lease. The team paid close attention to the size and allocation of offices, libraries, attorney lounges and other ancillary areas.

Polsinelli’s modern work environment features collaborative seating areas throughout the building and sit-stand workstations in all administrative and associate offices. Multipurpose training rooms provide space for mock trials, while the attorney lounge provides flexible seating options.

The LEED-certified building features an H-shaped footprint composed of two precast and glass structures connected by a central glass link. The massing of the structure reduces the building’s visual scale, creates outdoor spaces at the entries and maximizes the number of offices along the windows. Vertical proportions and a distinct precast texture pay homage to the surrounding Country Club Plaza architecture.

HOK has also designed renovations to Polsinelli offices in New York; San Francisco; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED certified

SIZE

Polsinelli office building: 225,000 sq. ft. / 20,900 sq. m.
Plaza Vista mixed-use development: 250,000 sq. ft. / 23,225 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Master Planning

AWARDS

Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award Winner – Mixed Use

Urban Land Institute Kansas City – Developments of Distinction Award

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute – Best Office Building

41%

Reduction in potable water use compared to a baseline design

24%

Reduction in energy use compared to a baseline design

 
NEWS

7 March 2014
“Capstone: Plaza Vista” 
Kansas City Business Journal

12 November 2013
“Polsinelli Unveils New Headquarters Building”
Kansas City Business Journal