Law firm WilmerHale has moved into its new, energy efficient 210,000 square foot offices at 7 World Trade Center, the company announced earlier this month.
The law firm has moved in 300 employees, 200 of them attorneys, into the new office space that boasts an efficient floor plan and floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
WilmerHale’s lease, when signed in April 2011, was hailed as “groundbreaking” for including language that gave both tenants and owners the benefits of energy efficient improvements. That language was set up by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
The law firm relocated from 399 Park Avenue to 7 WTC, where it now occupies space on floors 41 through 45.
7 World Trade Center was one of the first commercial buildings to receive a LEED-Gold certification in 2006.
“There are a whole variety of features built into the building meant to reduce the amount of energy consumed, reduce the amount of water consumed, and improve the indoor environment for the occupants of the building,” said Jeremy Moss, a senior vice president in the leasing department for Silverstein Properties, which developed the office tower.
“All of the buildings at the World Trade Center are going to be LEED certified to that same ‘gold’ standard,” Mr. Moss added.
WilmerHale’s new office space takes advantage of the building’s floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
“They’re using office partitions and office fronts that are very transparent, so that everyone that works there can enjoy the unique features and also the views,” said Mr. Moss.
In addition to WilmerHale, MSCI, a maker of investment decision support tools, also moved into its offices at 7 World Trade Center last week. The firm, which is occupying floors 47 through 49, is taking a total of 125,000 square feet in the 20-year-lease. After MSCI signed its lease last September, the 52-story office tower achieved 100 percent occupancy. Other tenants in the building include the New York Academy of Sciences, Mansueto Ventures and Moody’s Corporation.
“Now many of the same types of companies that we are focused on for 7 World Trade Center we are now focused for 4 World Trade Center,” Mr. Moss added. Silverstein Properties estimates that it has 1.1 million square feet of the 2.3 million square feet remaining for lease.