Quarles & Brady Chicago Achieve LEED Gold

The Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP recently achieved LEED-CI Gold from the USGBC, making it the first publicly registered law office in Chicago to achieve LEED Gold status.

“Sustainability has changed how the world does business and Quarles & Brady is no exception,” said Courtney M. Landon, the firm’s Chicago Office Administrator. “LEED certification and sustainable protocols were part of every decision from the selection of the building to the build-out and design of our space.”

As we profiled in the Fall 2009 SC, Quarles & Brady moved into a new skyscraper along the river at 300 N. LaSalle. The building itself achieved LEED-CS Gold, employing such strategies as a vegetated roof across half the roof area and 95% diversion of construction waste. The Quarles & Brady offices made the most of the daylighting afforded by the floor-to-ceiling windows with transparent partitions. Flexibility of use was designed into the space, allowing for a smaller footprint. Glueless carpet tiles, composite countertops and smart lighting—controlled by occupancy, daylight and infrared sensors—all contributed to a Gold certification

Quarles & Brady occupies 75,000 square feet of office space in the Hines-designed building. The firm’s Chicago office has grown to approximately 70 lawyers since it opened in 1999 with the acquisition of Wilson & McIlvaine, a 28-lawyer Chicago firm. The new space accommodates this strategic growth and will allow the firm to expand to as many as 110 attorneys in Chicago.


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