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PROJECT 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 previous location. Office Fronts Encourage Interaction, Ensure Privacy DORMA glass fronts create open, collaborative space. W 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- ing process." 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 NOV/DEC 2015 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture November 2015

Company Profile
Lighting Makes, Breaks Retail
Materials Create Honest Expression In High School
Fabric Filters Sunlight
Exteriors Products
Healthcare Puts Demands On Fixtures
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Aerospace Distribution Center Opts For Intelligent LEDs
Lighting & Electrical Products
Signature Space Created For PR Firm
Interiors Products
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