Law Firm | Washington, DC | 60,000 sf | 2014

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton is a growing worldwide law firm based in Los Angeles that was evaluating the real estate needs for their Washington, DC office. The firm selected SKB to join their team in the search for a new location that would reflect the firm’s rising prominence in DC. For over ten years, as the firm grew its DC office they occupied second generation space that felt dark, dated and did not represent the image of a highly intellectual, progressive law practice. It was time for a change that would bolster Sheppard Mullin’s DC image and their ability to attract the best talent.

Over the course of three years, SKB became a trusted advisor while working closely with Sheppard Mullin and their brokerage team to evaluate numerous properties and options. SKB provided studies and analysis to demonstrate the efficiencies and trade-offs of varying workplace strategies with the goal of providing a warm and inviting modern office that was flexible and could easily adapt over time as the firm’s needs changed.

After much consideration, Sheppard Mullin selected 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue and SKB proceeded with the design of floors G-1, 1, 8, 9 and 10. Sheppard Mullin desired a space that would build upon their brand and enhance their image and stature in Washington, DC. To that end, SKB designed a space that located the main reception and conference center on the first floor with a glass entry that further reinforced Sheppard Mullin’s presence in the building. The reception/conference center area was designed to act as an impressive meeting space for clients and to also serve as an event space for firm functions. Tennessee pink marble flooring from the main building lobby continues into the reception area and is complimented by a sycamore paneled wall that anchors the space. A cast glass sculptural wall element ensures that privacy is maintained in the adjacent boardroom. SKB designed an illuminated ceiling system that floods the space with light to overcome the absence of natural light in the reception area.

The cohesiveness of the design and its timeless sophistication captures the values and forward thinking personality of its occupants. The exquisitely tailored space conveys a sense of comfortable elegance. This project received recognition from Engineering News-Record (ENR) as one of the Best Projects in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2015.