Reed Smith’s new Houston office space will be a game-changer for the firm’s nearly 100 lawyers and support staff, who have occupied two floors at 811 Main Street in Houston’s downtown Skyline District for nearly 10 years.
“Our new office boasts a brilliant design and world-class amenities that will entice people who have been working from home for the past two years to venture out and return to the office, in keeping with our flexible work policy,” said Houston office managing partner Ken Broughton. “Brookfield Properties has created a beautifully welcoming and people-friendly place.”
During the pandemic, Brookfield Properties invested some $150 million renovating the first four floors of LyondellBasell Tower, known in Houston as “LBT,” to create a bespoke mixed-use office environment like no other in the city.
“LBT has been thoroughly redesigned for the way we work post-pandemic,” Broughton said. “Our needs have changed immensely since we first came to Houston in 2013, and we now require a wider variety of interesting, engaging, and sustainable environments – both inside and out – to support team collaborations, interpersonal interactions, and employee wellness.”
LBT is also LEED-certified in support of Reed Smith’s internal ESG initiatives, including its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2024, among other benchmarks set forth in the firm’s Global Environmental Sustainability Plan.
The 46-floor Tower occupies a full city block bounded by McKinney, Caroline, Walker, and San Jacinto Streets. Clients will have easier access to LyondellBasell than to the firm’s current office, and many of the firm’s clients’ offices are close to LBT.