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windows & doors
The law firm Cozen O'Connor set their sights
on creating a new physical space that would
not only accommodate their firm's growth,
but would also facilitate interaction and
ensure privacy more effectively than their
Office Fronts Encourage Interaction,
DORMA glass fronts create open, collaborative space.
With open space and clear lines of sight a priority, the office
fronts became a key element in accomplishing the project's
functional and design goals.
hen members of the law firm Cozen
bach, as the firm grew at their former location, they adapt-
said. "We had mockups built so we could test and com-
O'Connor decided to move their world
ed by using a hodgepodge of office elements, which result-
pare the solutions. Our staff had an opportunity to share
headquarters of 31 years from 1900 Mar-
ed in closed-in, inefficient space. When the decision was
their likes and dislikes and be a part of the decision-mak-
ket Street to One Liberty Place at 1650 Market Street
made to move, they enlisted the help of Gensler, an archi-
in the center-city district of Philadelphia, they set their
tecture, design, planning, and consulting firm headquar-
sights on creating a physical space that would not only
tered in San Francisco and with offices in Philadelphia.
Besides aesthetic and functional considerations, Cozen O'Connor's team also based its decision on how well
accommodate their firm's growth, but would also facili-
"One thing that we wanted to do was reorganize our
the solutions would prevent distracting noise from carry-
tate interaction and ensure privacy more effectively than
office layout so staff in individual departments could be
ing from one area to another. With complaints about lack
their previous location.
together," explained Riesenbach. "We wanted an open
of sound protection at their old office location, Riesen-
space, with plenty of light and air from outside."
bach and his fellow members were conscious about elimi-
Before moving into floors 21 through 28 of One Liberty Place, the firm had all eight-and-a-half floors demol-
Riesenbach and the other members sought an atmo-
ished to the concrete so they could rebuild the workspace
sphere that would encourage communication and interac-
DORMA, Reamstown, PA, was chosen to provide the
to meet their needs. In June 2015, the law firm opened for
tion within their firm. Among the design elements to help
glass fronts and doors. Products used included interior
business at its new, nearly 200,000-sq.-ft. location.
accomplish that were glass fronts on all offices.
PURE Enclose and Enclose Fusion office fronts, M9000
Jerry Riesenbach, member, Cozen O'Connor, served
"We did something rather unique when deciding on
as chair of the construction project. According to Riesen-
manufacturers and vendors for the project," Riesenbach
nating that issue in their new space.
locksets, and DRS 120 sliding doors.
"DORMA was the only company with a door that has
COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture November 2015
Lighting Makes, Breaks Retail
Materials Create Honest Expression In High School
Fabric Filters Sunlight
Healthcare Puts Demands On Fixtures
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Aerospace Distribution Center Opts For Intelligent LEDs
Lighting & Electrical Products
Signature Space Created For PR Firm
Office Fronts Encourage Interaction, Ensure Privacy
Windows & Doors Products
Adaptive Reuse Gives A L ift To Former Eatery
Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture November 2015