Recognized as the first Law Firm in New York to receive Gold LEED-CI interior certification (and second in the nation), Akin Gump’s new offices located on six floors at 1 Bryant Park presented a number of acoustical challenges to achieve the strict level of privacy required in a world class law firm.
1 Bryant Park utilizes an underfloor air distribution system, very quiet compared to traditional HVAC systems, making sound transmission from other spaces more prevalent. We conducted a benchmark study of Akin Gump’s current offices to gain an understanding of the environment within private offices and conference rooms. Once this benchmark was established, we set criteria for the new facility to keep the interior environment similar to the old space, and managed expectations on where changes would occur. For the perimeter offices, we reviewed partition and door construction to provide proper separation. We provided laminated glass front options and gasketing details where offices intersected with the demising partitions to ensure acoustic privacy.
The design of the conference center had many hard finishes, working with the architect we selected absorptive finishes that could be added to the rooms, while meeting the design intent. We reviewed door options for the conference rooms and operable partitions for the multipurpose room to ensure proper separation of spaces. Recommendations were also made for the combined servery and dining room, adjacent multipurpose room and private office, creating a comfortable place for employees to relax while still allowing occupants of the multipurpose room to focus without distraction.