Woodcock Washburn, which merged into BakerHostetler in 2014, is a national intellectual property law firm, the largest in its specialty with headquarters in Philadelphia. The firm left a traditional mahogany-and-burgundy suite in a top-tier high-rise for four stories in an even more impressive tower.
Management wanted to blend the firm’s history, stability, and expertise with its innovative practice, concentrating on its tech-age clients such as Microsoft. This was not our first law firm, but many of Woodcock’s lawyers are also scientists, and our wonderful challenge was to explain all the materials and processes to their scientific minds.
Because a quarter of one floor houses 6,000 SF of high-density filing, we also collaborated with the building’s structural engineers to literally carry the load. We used traditional materials such as wood and stone in a contemporary way throughout the space, adding light and capitalizing on 360-degree views.