Dallas - Thompson & Knight LLP has begun the relocation of its Dallas office to a new home in the Dallas Arts District. The new office location, effective July 28, continues Thompson & Knight's long-time commitment to Dallas' Arts District and the City of Dallas during the Firm's 120-year history. The Firm will occupy approximately 180,000 square feet on six floors in One Arts Plaza, a move that virtually fills the leasable office space in the 24-story, multi-use structure.
The Firm has incorporated a number of traditional and innovative efficiencies in the new offices, enabling it to continue its high level of client service and maintain a high level of employee retention. Features include a biometrics security system, which increases security while providing convenience for everyday users; information systems redundancy with complete wireless capability, which is specially designed to serve as a backup system if individual floor servers malfunction; extra sound proofing and sound baffling features to increase protection of client confidentiality and other conversations; special lead-free glass for improved light transmission into the core work areas; a specially designed Mother's Room; on-site catering kitchens and other facilities to better facilitate client meetings; and a centralized video/recording room to continuously monitor all client and staff video conferences simultaneously.
The new office has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Firm is pursuing LEED-CI Silver Certification, the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint. Some of the Firm's efforts toward this certification include purchasing green power credits; diverting more than 50 percent of construction waste from landfills; using regionally produced and recycled building materials; utilizing energy management systems; and using special adhesives, paint sealants, carpet, and wood that emit little, if any, contaminants into the air. In addition, 70 percent of the Firm's equipment is Energy Star rated.
"We approached this relocation focused on our clients and on creating the best possible work environment for our attorneys and support staff. Considerations included technology, transportation, and the amenities that are important for first-class client service and a happy, productive workforce," says Pete Riley, the Firm's managing partner.
Becky S. Jackson