Morrison & Foerster

Washington, DC
Morrison & Foerster Renovation

We renovated and expanded the Washington, DC office of one of the leading law firms in the country, unifying its operations through a centrally placed conference center.

We initially conducted a study to determine the feasibility of a relocation for the growing firm’s Washington, DC offices at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue. After spending 20 years in their current building and choosing to renew the lease for at least 15 more, Morrison & Foerster decided to invest in bringing its offices up to the same standards of innovation and excellence that it achieves in its high-profile practice groups.

Our design for the renovation and expansion not only connects and unifies the 134,000-sf space, but also offers a striking new image for the firm and a state-of-the-art conference center that will serve as the venue for interaction among top leaders in legal practice areas such as financial services and Supreme Court litigation.

At the heart of the renovation is the conference center, providing a total of twenty rooms as well as several flexible breakout spaces. To unify the space, we placed the conference center in the middle of the building, sharing it among the four floors so that it links the office areas vertically as well as east-to-west in the elongated floorplate.

The centerpiece of the design is a four-story stone-and-glass feature wall backgrounding three staircases that connect all floors. The feature wall serves as the visual landmark of the space and the hub for interaction among groups.