September 4, 2008
Law Firm Relocates to Green Space
Squire Sanders & Dempsey re-affirmed its commitment to the central business district of downtown Columbus, moving its offices within the Huntington Center on Capitol Square. The new space will incorporate the LEED Green Building Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a driver in creating a sustainable, client- and employee-focused, environmentally conscious workspace.
Squire Sanders will be the first law firm in Ohio to have a LEED-certified interior. Because the new offices are being constructed within an existing building, the project fits into the LEED CI (Commercial Interior) category. Low-emitting materials criteria will reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and wellbeing of installers and occupants.
The LEED process also has criteria for handling demolishing materials on the construction site. “Squire Sanders was able to divert from the landfill more than 80 percent of materials removed from the demolition site. For example, the ceiling tiles were recycled by Armstrong, cabinetry and appliances were re-used by other local businesses, wood was made into mulch, and all metal was recycled,” said Alex Shumate, managing partner. “The recycled materials were the equivalent of 212 tons – or 111 automobiles.”
The new space also has a focus on providing the best possible environment for employees. It will include an internal staircase to encourage interaction, a café, and a mothers’ lounge. Technology enhancements will also be made, such as video-conferencing capabilities in the conference rooms.
The new address will be 2000 Huntington Center, 41 South High Street, floors 18 through 20. The first day of business in the new space will be September 15.