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    January 8, 2012  

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After Arent Fox’s 30 years in glass-fronted 1050 Connecticut (where it moved when the building was first christened), it has a new home. And it’s just around the block at the corner of Connecticut and K St.

An impending move must be good luck: Arent Fox closed '12 with its highest gross revenue in firm history. The move of the 200-lawyer office has been in the works since ’08 and was carried out in three waves between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Managing partner Matt Clark calls it likely the “biggest move that didn’t require the use of trucks,” since the two building’s loading docks face one another. Here’s the entrance to the firm’s new space at 1717 K St. As the anchor tenant, Arent Fox holds floors two through eight of 12, with options to expand.

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The 250k square foot office has a rooftop deck with a view of the Washington Monument and sightlines to the White House. (Bonus: Folks can check out which food trucks are sitting in Farragut Square.) Matt says the floor plates are smaller but more vertical and efficient. And if jogging up the six-floor staircase in the center of the office isn't your thing, there's a 4,000 square foot fitness center.


Conference room spaces increased by 50%. And best of all, says Matt, it was all done under budget and operating costs in the new building are the same as in the old. This multi-purpose room sits on the third floor. Pei Cobb Freed (which also worked on the Louvre entrance, IMF HQ, and the Holocaust Museum, for which the firm serves as GC) designed the LEED building. Helping the deal along was Studley; client Connecticut & K Associates was the developer, and STUDIOS Architecture designed the space that was built by Clark Construction.

In a unique move, the firm included an auditorium. The 150-seating space was the bright idea of DC partner and exec committee member Rich Gale, and was built into the base building design. Matt tells us this makes it perfect for meetings and colloquia. And better yet, the ultra-HD screen is composed of 120 MicroTiles. Decoded, that means: watch out Super Bowl Sunday.

Just outside of the auditorium is this futuristic food prep area. The firm is also planning to open a San Francisco office by the middle of the year, where there's a large client presence. Aside from his managing partner role, among the items on Matt's docket for the new year are hearings before the ITC, including one repping Coca-Cola and another for xanthan gum from China and Austria.

Yesterday, Arnold & Porter also announced an impending move. The firm has executed a 20-year lease with Boston Properties for a mixed-use development at 601 Mass Ave. It looks like it’ll move into the Penn Quarter space in October 2015. The old office, at 555 12th St, was home for over 20 years. The new 11-story building, to be constructed on a site acquired from NPR, will boast first-class office and retail space. CBRE helped the firm pick out the space, HOK will do interior design, and A&P real estate partner Jennifer Perkins advised on the lease negotiations.


Yesterday was a busy one for move announcements. Cooley broke word that it has opened up shop in the iconic Warner Building. (It shares the building with another law firm, Baker Botts, and picks up some of the footage vacated by Howrey.) The new space at 1299 Penn Ave is 87k square feet leased from Vornado, 20k larger than its last office at 777 Sixth St. And for good reason: the firm's DC office has grown by 50% in attorney numbers over the past couple years. The 700-attorney firm first opened its DC office in '05.

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Patton Boggs is sticking with the tried and true, renewing its lease at 2550 M St. It’s been in the West End space since ’78. The building’s sole occupant, Patton Boggs is also making plans to “revitalize the space” with a multi-phase project starting this fall, using architectural firm Lehman Smith McLeish. (Now that it celebrated its 50th birthday last year, it must be ready for a face lift.) The renovation plans include changing floor plans to add offices, optimizing the space, and creating collaborative work spaces on each floor.
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