Faced with the task of merging their values and culture with their business practices and strategies to create a sustained competitive advantage, Mintz Levin hired OPX to design its new 70,000 SF Washington, DC office.
The process began with OPX’s Integrated Operating Environments (IOE) approach, an innovative assessment process geared towards investigating the way organizations work and how the integration of people, tools and place result in work spaces that help organizations work better.
All of Mintz Levin’s employees participated in the analysis – vision session, focus group interviews and a comprehensive operational survey – increasing buy-in and support for the solution. After analyzing the data and developing concepts in a number of locations, Mintz decided to stay at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, and OPX began to translate their visions through a renovation-in-place process.
The new concept kept the perimeter offices but required that interior spaces be completely reconfigured, which provided greater flexibility, work process efficiency and new spaces that increased interaction and collaboration. An example of flexible planning is the secretarial stations, grouped in pods that can be converted into offices and/or workrooms as work space needs change. Workrooms, legal assistants and records are located in close proximity to each other, facilitating and simplifying one of Mintz Levin’s most important work processes.
OPX designed the reception-lobby-conference center to function more like a hotel lobby, increasing interaction and accommodating business development seminars – bringing additional business to the firm.
Winner – 25th Antron Design Award, Grand Prize Winner and Large Office Category Winner.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC