Kirkland & Ellis LLP has moved its Chicago office from the Aon Center at 200 East Randolph Drive to a newly constructed building at 300 North LaSalle.
Kirkland will occupy 26 floors of the 60-story high-rise. The building office space measures more than 1,267,331square feet, with Kirkland occupying roughly 650,000 square feet.
The building's environmentally sustainable design includes an array of features to help the Firm enhance its service to clients, including an exclusive conference center, expanded WiFi and Blackberry service, video conferencing and environmentally-friendly lighting and energy systems.
"As a result of a detailed planning process that began in 2001, we were able design a next generation home for Kirkland's Chicago office, which meets not only our space needs, but also provides us with all the tools necessary to practice law at the highest levels. Our technology infrastructure, office layout and operational systems were all redesigned with the goal of serving our clients more efficiently. We believe we met that goal," said Kevin Evanich, a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office.
Representatives from Kirkland worked closely with developer Hines Real Estate Interests LP, architect SOM and project manager The Rise Group to influence key design decisions regarding the building, including lobby design, parking and elevator capacity, and reliability and redundancy of major building and Kirkland systems including power, cooling and technology. General contractor Clune Construction joined the team to assist in the design and build out of the Firm's space. The Staubach Group served as the Firm's leasing agent.
"We could not be more pleased with our experience during the development and construction of our new office," said Douglas McLemore, the Firm's executive director. "We worked with a wonderful team who helped us create a functional, beautiful and environmentally friendly space for our business. The building is truly a showcase for their exceptional work."
Kirkland has been headquartered in the Aon Center since 1972, where it was the second-largest tenant in the building. The Firm also occupied two floors of the Prudential Building.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, real estate and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.