Cerami & Associates provided acoustical and audiovisual design for the relocation of Orrick’s New York office, located on nine floors in CBS’s Black Rock Building.
Acoustical privacy is of the utmost importance in law firms. We tested Orrick’s existing offices to create benchmark levels of privacy, and assessed current levels of noise in the new space. The analysis created baseline expectations and design criteria for the project. In the open plan area, we designed a selectively-zoned Sound Masking system to optimize privacy and create a comfortable interior noise level. Partner offices were specified with laminated glass fronts to ensure gaps between panes were properly sealed.
Working on both the Washington, DC and New York offices, Cerami helped to develop proactive, integrated AV system standards for Orrick. The audiovisual design included a Cisco Telepresence suite and 20 conference rooms with audio and video conferencing, wall-mounted flat screen display, wireless microphone system, laptop connectivity for presentations, and touch panel control systems in select rooms. To ensure privacy for these areas, we recommended upgraded office partitions and doors, Sound Masking in the corridors, and specified acoustical ceilings and custom acoustic panels.
The multipurpose room, also used as a moot court, was designed with audio and video conferencing, presentation capabilities with the same stringent partitions and doors used in the conference rooms. The café was outfitted with two large flat screen displays and ceiling-recessed speakers with wireless microphones.