Sharp Law Office has 20 attorneys and staff. The firm practices in 45 states, the Caribbean and areas in Europe, offering both virtual and in-person services from their Kansas office, located on a bustling street in a residential area.
Who is the lighting designer?
Architect Laura Pastine at Gastinger Walker
What was the lighting design goal for this project?
“To provide modern, efficient fixtures to support multiple work scenarios for the law practice during both daytime and nighttime hours,” says Kevin Harden, AIA, NCARB, a Gastinger Walker managing partner. “Being on a busy street in a residential area, this building needed to create a professional presence through lighting in ways which are appropriate for the residential neighborhood.”
What was the lighting challenge?
For the lighting system to have high levels of controllability to balance the benefits of natural daylighting with performance needs for working, conferencing and social networking.
Which Alcon Lighting products did you use and how did they help you achieve the desired outcome?
“Our team specified Alcon Lighting’s architectural LED round cylinder wall-mounted light for exterior locations based on the modern aesthetic and high-performance design,” Harden explains. “As an Energy Star-rated fixture, this lighting choice improved our ability to design this project to be 28 percent below baseline in energy use.”
What was the overall goal of the space? How did you go about achieving the client's vision?
“Sharp Law Office’s goal was to provide an adaptable new building with flexible working and social spaces using modern design, high-performance systems and durable materials. To accomplish this, we designed offices with sliding glass fronts opening to team collaboration spaces, conference rooms that can be configured for training, meeting or mock-trial scenarios and both indoor and outdoor gathering areas.”
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“Being on a busy street in a residential area, this building needed to create a professional presence through lighting in ways which are appropriate for the residential neighborhood.”
What are some unique considerations when designing for Sharp Law Offices?
“As a national law firm needing an office as both a physical presence and a platform that’s capable of serving a virtual practice,” Harden says. “Sharp Law’s design needed to perform well in both modes. This design allows for individual heads-down work within team spaces while providing privacy and high-level conference support blending technology, lighting and window shading systems.”
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Sharp Law Office has 20 attorneys and staff. The firm practices in 45 states, the Caribbean and areas in Europe, necessitating both virtual and in-person services from their Kansas office, located on a bustling street in a residential area.