Law Firm Shifts Office Style In Move To JBG Smith's Dupont Circle Project
The law firm moved to Dupont Circle from 901 New York Ave. NW, a Boston Properties-owned office building near Mount Vernon Square. As its lease expiration approached, Goodwin decided it either needed to relocate or completely redesign its existing office.
"Our previous office was adequate but uninspired," Goodwin D.C. Office co-Chair Andrea Murino said. "It didn't enable the kind of group dynamics we have."
The firm, which has about 200 people in its D.C. office, chose to relocate to JBG Smith's 1900 N development, serving as the anchor tenant that allowed construction to begin. The building sits one block south of the Dupont Circle Metro station and is surrounded by food and drink options.
"It is in a really vibrant part of town with neighborhood amenities," Murino said.
Its new office, occupying the entire top three floors and a portion of the eighth floor, displays many of the concepts tenants have been moving toward in today's market.
It is part of a larger strategy Goodwin is employing across its real estate portfolio. The firm, founded in Boston in 1912, recently opened new offices in Luxembourg and Santa Monica.
"We've done this throughout our portfolio with more collaborative spaces, clear glass and uniform office sizes," said Alexander Randall, Goodwin partner and real estate counsel. "It creates a completely different feel."
The offices themselves represent a significant shift in Goodwin's style. Their desks rise to allow attorneys to stand while working, and they have glass walls facing the hallway, both of which didn't exist in their old office. The offices are all roughly the same size, about 145 SF to 155 SF.
"The same-size offices is a reflection that you don't need to go with the old law firm model of larger offices for partners," Murino said.
The office features an internal staircase that connects the ninth, 10th and 11th floors. The central staircase is surrounded by open space on each floor with seating areas and other amenities.
The space has around a dozen conference rooms. The firm allowed its staff to vote on the names of the conference rooms, and they chose to name them after D.C. neighborhoods such as Shaw and Foggy Bottom.
The largest of the conference rooms is a multipurpose space on the 11th floor. It can be divided into two rooms for smaller groups.
"It is highly functional and flexible," Randall said.
Through the window of the multipurpose space, employees can see the red truss that not only serves as a distinguishing architectural feature of the building, but also as a structural support.
The truss allows the northeast corner of the building to appear to float without a beam on the 19th and N street corner, creating a large, open entryway.
The open area on the ninth floor of Goodwin's office features its main cafeteria space. There, employees can pour free coffee or buy a variety of snacks and grab-and-go meals. It also has a television, which was showing CNN on Monday.
Each of Goodwin's four floors has a smaller pantry area with a refrigerator, a microwave and a seating area for employees to gather.
The building's rooftop features a large, indoor-outdoor amenity space. Goodwin has a private section of the rooftop to itself, while the remainder of the rooftop is available to all tenants. The rooftop features wide-ranging views from Rosslyn to the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral.
"The 360-degree views were one of the things that appealed to us," Randall said.
The building has a fitness center on the second floor, available to all tenants. Additionally, the eighth floor will feature a wellness area with a yoga room that is still under construction and expected to be completed by January.
The building was 73% leased as of the end of Q3, according to JBG Smith's investor letter released Tuesday. The landlord said the building has achieved rents of $85.95 per SF.
By comparison, the average D.C. office rent is $59.65 per SF, according to JLL. The average rent in the Dupont-Logan-Shaw submarket, where 1900 is located, is $53.71 per SF.