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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Greenberg Traurig


Entry number: IE09024
Project Name: Greenberg Traurig
Building Type: Tenant Improvement for Law Office
Completion Date: June 2008
Building Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type of Construction:
T.I. for shelled space
Materials Used: Natural stone, glass tile, decorative glass walls, natural woods
Building Area: 20,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm:
JMA Architecture Studios
Architect of Record: JMA Architecture Studios
Client/Owner/Developer: Crescent
Interior Designer: JMA Architecture Studios
Structural Engineer: Wright Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Harris Consulting Eng.
General Contractor: Crisci Builders
Photographer: Opulence Studios

Statement of Design Approach:
The 20,000 square-foot tenant improvement for Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm, is located in the park-like setting of Howard Hughes Center. The firms close proximity and location on the upper floors of the building allow a picturesque view of the Las Vegas skyline from the firms offices.

Beyond the functional requirements, the driving force of the tenant improvement design was the inclusion and celebration of the tenant's art collection. Specific contemporary design solutions included the development of a unique stair wall design, specialized casework, art niches and alcoves and finish selections to celebrate the artwork. The contemporary furniture and creative lighting selected also infused a deliberate artistic meaning and helped transform the interior space.

The project includes a combination of natural stone flooring and counters, decorative glass walls and doors along with rich stained wood stairs present a clean rich palette of materials. The decorative glass walls and doors enable the flow of natural light and enhance the transparency of the office space. The Boardroom's glass wall can be opened to expand the space and create a large gathering area, perfect for an open house or a special event.

One of the main challenges during construction was the addition of a new internal stair within an occupied building. Creative framing techniques allowed the addition of the stairs with minimal disruption to adjoining tenants. Aside from the structural changes, the addition of the new open glass stairs required modifications to the buildings mechanical and smoke evacuation systems.

The office space acts as a functional work environment for the staff, while allowing visiting clientele from around the globe to feel comfortable and at home. Incorporated into the space are a number of seating areas for staff to relax or gather to discuss a particular case, or the results of their favorite sports team. The incorporation of movable stacking walls allows the space the flexibility of multiple uses and users. State-of-the-art lighting and audio visual equipment is integrated into the space. The balance of functionality and modernism reflect an office of institutional strength and professionalism.

Sustainable Description:
JMA pays particular attention to sustainable endeavors in all of our commercial interior projects. Although this project was not officially registered with LEED for commercial interiors, our design vision as a firm dictates that we educate our clients on the best practices of sustainable construction methods and materials for all commercial interiors, and Greenberg Traurig was no exception to our vision. Every decision made, from flooring materials to ceiling tiles is approached with the end user in mind, both in terms of the tenant as well as the world at large. We view material selection and construction methods on commercial interiors as something that should be more than just environmentally friendly; it should be environmentally correct. Correct in the ideals, the approach, and the execution which help to make our commercial interior projects healthy and productive spaces from the inside-out.



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Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos

These images are low-resolution reproductions of the images provided for the AIA Nevada Design Awards. All materials should be considered copyrighted and may not be reproduced or used without permission.

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