Des Moines, IA, USA
International law firm Fredrikson & Byron prides itself on being “where law and business meet” by bringing business and entrepreneurial thinking to their work with clients and operating as advisors and strategic partners. With their proactive, problem-solving mindset, they were looking for a new location for their Des Moines, IA office that would bring an elevated experience for clients and employees with room for future growth.
The Minneapolis-based law firm partnered with us to help them transition from a typical law office design to a modern and polished space, with areas to support client related activities and attract and recruit talent. Speed of delivery was a crucial component of this project, and one where we were able to exceed expectations by providing cost and design transparency through our 3D modelling and visualization software, uniBIM. Key stakeholders were able to see changes and make decisions, allowing us to progress quickly without sacrificing on quality.
Using the unique architecture and exposed beams throughout the space as part of our inspiration, we created a sophisticated and sleek look and feel, moving away from the legal industry’s traditional dark hues and carpeted floors. Custom fixtures and features throughout the office provide pops of color and subtle nods to their brand. Windowed doors to the private offices lining the exterior offer access to natural light, and large planters create natural barriers for built in wellness. Various space types provide areas for different work styles and modes, like a focus room for refuge, an integrated library for organic touchpoints and collaboration, and a large conference room with retractable doors to support different functions and events.
The final space embodies Fredrikson & Byron’s mantra, where law and business meet, reaffirming their strong reputation and solutions-based mentality. Despite construction challenges throughout the project, our agile approach allowed teams to seamlessly interact and overcome hurdles and deliver a workplace that met the client’s vision. They were very happy with the outcome and impressed with our commitment to keeping the integrity of the building.