JPMorgan Chase Tower’s 75-story skyscraper in downtown Houston is the tallest building in Texas and one of the top 20 tallest in the U.S. Recently relocated to the 50th through 52nd floors, Winstead PC operates its national business law firm within 54,710 square feet of premium office space.
Good, green design
The iconic tower was designed in the late 1970s by New York’s renowned architects at I. M. Pei & Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners). As a result of continuous improvements and comprehensive retrofitting throughout the decades, the tower has earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance since 2004. In 2010, it also earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
Compared to the national average office building, the Chase Tower is 46 percent more energy efficient. This translates into estimated greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 3,670 cars from the road. Further demonstrating the building’s commitment to sustainability and ongoing energy-efficient improvements, its tenants also follow green build-out guidelines.
Winstead’s move to a new office design incorporated Rockfon ceilings to help meet its goals for a sustainable, functional and beautiful future.
Previously located on floors 8-11, Winstead hired Dallas-based lauckgroup (now Perkins+Will) to design its new office as an open, energetic workplace that reflected the transparency of its culture and its refreshed identity.
Efficiency also was key because the move decreased the total available space, “but not due to any reduction in headcount,” said Houston managing shareholder, Tom Van Arsdel. “It is the result of reimagining traditional law firm office design. In fact, while we will occupy less square footage, we will still have the capacity to increase our lawyer count significantly.”