Following the creation of Thompson Coburn from the merger of two firms, Christner transformed their 180,000 sf of space using a finely tuned, phased renovation strategy. Primary goals were to eliminate duplication of support functions from each firm, and increase the number of attorneys that could be accommodated. We reorganized library, file, information management, and litigation support functions and renovated most private offices. Central to the transformation was the conference center on the 35th floor that creates a communication network among clients and the firm’s various locations.
Size: 180,000 sf
Status: Completed 2004
Awards: 2003 AIA St. Louis Craftsmanship Citation, 2004 Award of Excellence, Architectural Woodwork Institute
The experience of entering the reception area from the elevator lobby is designed to be dramatic: light pours into wide, open spaces and also through a picture gallery and the boardroom directly ahead.
The simple expression of natural materials-wood, fabric, cork, stone-through high quality design and craftsmanship mirrors Thompson Coburn's commitment to advocating for their clients with integrity and a passion for excellence.
Conference and meeting rooms can be configured for a variety of needs. A central AV room controls the high-tech infrastructure, while user-controlled features are concealed within the sophisticated interior design elements.
Cherry-wood paneling and detailing are incorporated throughout the center. Here we used cherry archways and floor detailing to define a space for the picture gallery, transitioning between the board room and the reception area.