Bingham McCutchen Law Offices

An interior expansion and renovation comprising 24,000 square feet of new office space and 8,000 square feet of office renovation, AGA architects provided executive architecture and design support services in partnership with Milev Architects, New York. The critical component of the work was the seamless and timely delivery of construction documents and construction administration services while integrating Milev Architects in New York, the client group based in Boston and the user group and general contractor in Los Angeles. This working relationship necessitated rigorous project management procedures in order to assure that communication between each of these groups was clear during each phase. As the point of contact for the transfer of information, AGA architects was able to assure that there were no conflicts of communication creating costly delays or inappropriate construction. In addition, this bi-coastal project delivery structure had to be executed within the sixteen-week construction schedule while maintaining a high level of construction quality suitable for contemporary, legal offices.

One of the client's major requirements was to assure that the new space was created in a manner that provided visual continuity with the existing office spaces. It was essential that the project have the appearance of 'one' office. The architectural approach of building on the appearance of the existing office space by creating continuity between the material palates of the new and existing floors was supplemented by the idea of utilizing transparency to open and connect the spaces allowing natural light to penetrate to the building core. This strategy circumvented the typical office tower problem of relegating circulation and core offices to unlit, interior spaces.

Decreasing the impact of the 'walls' created an increase in transparency between perimeter offices, circulation areas and core offices. The use of mullions was eliminated at all glazed walls providing full height, floor-to-ceiling glass without the interruption of horizontal or vertical mullions. Internal office privacy was maintained by adding a translucent interlayer to a portion of the glazed panels. Significant core office locations received clerestory windows to visually extend the ceiling plane providing a connection to the circulations space and to, again, provide natural light.