ESD Helps Law Firm Win Crain’s Award

It could be said ESD took the law into its own hands.

When the Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm moved to 151 North Franklin, a 36-story Loop office building, ESD provided large-scale design and consulting engineering services, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection, along with technology design and consulting services consisting of migration planning and management, structured cabling, audio visual, wireless network and security. The multi-floor law office relocation consisted of open and private offices, conference rooms, IDF closets on each floor and a pantry/break area on each floor.

Recently, the 100,000-square-foot space was named one of the 11 Coolest Offices in Chicago 2018, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

“It is the absence of ornate woodwork and traditional, leather law-office furniture that really hits you,” Crain’s writes. “Gorgeous modern seating, a serene color palette and bold light fixtures worthy of Pinterest boards fill the space. Here is a prestigious law firm that, instead of feeling intimidating, feels chill and inviting.”

In addition to this achievement by ESD's Workplace Solutions Team, other projects at 151 North Franklin include:

  • ESD’s High Performance Building Team provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for the shell and core of the building.
  • ESD’s Technology Group provided structured cabling, wired and wireless data network, security and audiovisual design. The firm’s design was recognized for exceeding Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments for connectivity and telecommunications design. 151 North Franklin received Platinum-level Wired Certification.
  • ESD’s Intelligent Building Practice delivered a Division 25 Integrated Automation specification detailing the interfacing of building infrastructure systems such as HVAC control, lighting control, metering/monitoring of MEP, fire alarm and security. ESD then led the design of the user interfaces for building management, tenants and visitors to leverage that system integration.
  • ESD’s Energy+Eco team provided full LEED administration, energy modeling for LEED compliance and LEED MEP credit documentation. The building is on track for LEED Gold certification.

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