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Bradley Arant Cooper/One Federal Place

Birmingham, Alabama

A Tight Workspace, a Tight Schedule and a Tight Relationship with a New Client

One Federal Place is an 11-story tower of glass and gray granite anchoring a classical block of downtown Birmingham — and providing a home for the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. HPM served as owner’s representative to build the firm’s four-story headquarters to dream specifications, including a lunchroom with a commercial-grade kitchen capable of feeding as many as 150 hungry lawyers a day, and a commercial-grade wine cellar capable of hosting after-hours formal events in the building’s elegant lobby. The building’s downtown location presented a big challenge, in large part because of the small amount of space around the construction site and the logistical necessities associated with work in a busy city center. But HPM’s main focus was the busy staff at Bradley Arant, and their custom-built workspaces in their elegant new office.

The Longest 61 Hours

When construction of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ new offices was complete, only one thing was missing — or specifically, 360 things: the law firm’s staff. They would be working in their old office until six o’clock Friday evening, and when they showed up at this new space on Monday morning, it needed to be fully equipped and ready to go. HPM did the math: 61 hours, 54 truckloads of furniture and office supplies and two loading dock doors at the new location meant that the move had to work with clockwork precision. Working with the movers and contractors, HPM devised a strict schedule for loading, moving and unloading the trucks, and HPM’s project manager spent 59 of the next 61 hours at the loading dock — directing traffic, managing staff and sending late-coming moving vans to the back of the line, because there was literally no room for stragglers in that operation. At 5:00 a.m. on Monday, the loading dock remained a flurry of uninterrupted activity — and at 7:00, the PA system came on and the lawyers went to work in their beautiful new offices.




Project Details

  • 200,000 sq. ft.
  • 8-story office tower
  • 4-level parking deck
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Art gallery
  • Wine cellar
  • Law library
  • Custom-built, modular workspaces for 360 employees

Owner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Architect

MSTSD, Brooks-Burr Inc.

HPM Services

  • Preconstruction Services
  • Construction Management
  • Move Management