Polsinelli Denver has been named Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Project for 2017 in the Interior/Tenant Improvement category.
The design of the space creates an experience similar to a mountain hike through material selections. Wood, etched-glass accent walls, warm rock and shades of green, yellow and blue mimic the dynamics of nature. Polsinelli’s new Denver workplace is one of 24 projects in 18 cities HOK has completed for the rapidly growing law firm in the last five years.
Excerpted from Engineering News-Record:
Situated on the top four floors of a new downtown Denver tower, Polsinelli’s $10-million office features a mountain motif that capitalizes on panoramic views of the Rockies. The design of the space aims to put clients and employees first, especially when it comes to networking opportunities.
The 86,000-sq.-ft law office features an outdoor terrace on the 22nd floor. The 30-ft-wide area spans the southwest facade and is protected from the wind by a 22-ft-high glass wall. It remains open to the sky, offering a relaxed gathering space. The 1,250-sq-ft terrace connects via a folding glass wall to the lobby, which can host events for up to 500 people.
“It allows for an indoor-outdoor entertaining space, and it’s at the top of a building,” says Eric Linebarger, project designer with HOK’s Kansas City office, the lead design firm. “The lobby is the communicator that opens up to the terrace. Together, they enhance the relaxed but professional character of the business.”
Linebarger adds that the spacious corridors, most of them 8 to 13 feet wide, also feature social spaces, work islands, coffee bars and conversation niches to increase collaboration. Designed as a series of window boxes, the conference rooms are named to correspond to the mountain peaks they frame. The in-office employee café provides additional meeting space, and an on-site nurse’s office and wellness suite were incorporated into the LEED Silver design.