With 78 offices across 47 countries, Baker McKenzie is one of the largest international law firms in the world. When the company decided to establish their North American operations hub in Tampa, Florida, the legal giant called on Gresham Smith to design their workspace on the 10th floor of the SunTrust Financial Centre. Taking cues from the firm’s global culture and the surrounding city’s local flair, our design team created a versatile workspace that supports the organization’s drive to increase efficiency and innovation. The final verdict: a sophisticated space that supports The New Lawyers.
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Follow-the-Sun SupportAs the North American hub for Baker McKenzie’s operations, the firm’s signature follow-the-sun support was at the center of our design process. We needed to create a space that allowed Baker McKenzie employees to collaborate across the organization, regardless of their physical location, to lead clients in a constantly changing world.
An Assortment of SpacesThe Tampa Center is home to a variety of teams, from finance and IT to talent management, which meant the office needed a variety of spaces. Open workstations encourage collaboration and huddle spaces are perfect for impromptu team meetings, while privacy chairs and focus rooms provide space for heads-down work. The office’s work café serves as a community space for the more than 300 employees, while the board room and training room offer additional gathering spaces for large groups.
Global Culture, Local FlairBaker McKenzie’s global culture, combined with Tampa’s local flair, inspired our designers to create a space that is cool and contemporary yet polished and culturally-fluent. The reception area includes a large feature wall and light oak floors laid in a timeless herringbone pattern, while freestanding glass walls at work zones and glass fronts on private offices reinforce the firm’s open-door culture. Signage, artwork and wall graphics reflect Baker McKenzie’s corporate identity while reflecting the aesthetic of Tampa Bay.
“We are building a world-class team in Tampa to service the needs of our global client base. Gresham Smith has provided us with office space to match our aspirations. We love coming to work every day in this beautiful, collaborative and highly efficient space.”
Executive Director of the Tampa Center, Baker McKenzie
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