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Downtown law firm Phillips Murrah builds new offices in Midtown

OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) — A prominent downtown law firm is moving from office tower space to Midtown, where it will reside in a new building designed for the firm’s needs and for retail space at detail.

Law firm Phillips Murrah, founded in 1986, has released its architectural concept plans for a new five-story building at NW 10th and Hudson to be constructed in the current open grounds south of 10th from Fassler Hall.

Innovation

“Phillips Murrah is continually refining its business model to embrace new and innovative ways of doing business, and this relocation project is the latest example,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner Tom Wolfe. “The space will reflect the firm’s culture while being more convenient for clients.”

The design will feature wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and large interior and exterior open spaces.

Offices will be located on the upper three floors while the lower two floors are designed to accommodate restaurants and retail spaces.

The design of the Phillips Murrah office building is influenced to be sensitive to the context of its neighborhood, using masonry materials on the lower levels while providing a cohesive colonnade on a smaller scale enhancing the pedestrian experience.

The company has continued to grow over the years and opened an office in Dallas in 2018 to better serve the needs of its Texas customers. The design of the new building will meet the needs of its Texas office partners when in town.

The company’s management also recognizes the “changing nature of the workplace in the post-pandemic corporate world”. The offices will be designed to accommodate their lawyers who may wish to continue working remotely part of the time.

Community connection

According to a statement from the firm, Phillips Murrah is moving to a location that will allow him to “participate and benefit from the vitality of Midtown”.

The shift in concept from traditional law offices in a downtown tower to mixed-use offices near street level represents a significant change for Phillips Murrah.

“Forward-looking businesses like Phillips Murrah choose to locate in Midtown because they want to engage with the community and office in a unique, well-designed space in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood full of restaurants. awards, desirable housing options, and unique retail experiences,” said Chris Fleming, project developer and partner at Midtown Renaissance.

One of the tram lines passes a few meters from the location of the new company building.

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The third floor of Phillips Murrah’s new headquarters building will feature a large outdoor patio that will be exclusive to the law firm. Located on the east side of the upper portion of the building, the patio will be a social gathering place with a direct view of the Oklahoma City skyline.

Brian Fitzsimmons, project architect and founder of Fitzsimmons Architects, explained the building concept as being “sensitive to the context of its neighborhood”.

He said the building will use “masonry materials on the lower levels to complement the smaller-scale masonry buildings in Midtown, while providing a cohesive smaller-scale colonnade enhancing the pedestrian experience.

The top three floors that will become Phillips Murrah’s offices jut out and stand out from the context, reflecting the company’s progressive and innovative culture.

New construction vs reuse

Until now, almost all building use in this part of Midtown has involved the redesign and reuse of old buildings for new purposes. In fact, it’s a recognizable Midtown design feature.

But, this new building breaks with this trend and will undoubtedly introduce a new construction concept with designs that integrate and connect with the neighborhood. Especially with retail housing on the first floor, the new Phillips Murrah building will be connected to street-level living in the same way as other redeveloped buildings in Midtown.

Could this be the first of many new structures that will fill Midtown’s other empty lots with designs intended to maintain the connected nature at street level of other redeveloped small buildings in the area? Maybe.

Certainly, the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling design will visually connect the interior to the neighborhood during the day and the neighborhood inside at night.

Construction is expected to begin this summer with move-in expected in the spring of 2024.


Last updated August 4, 2022, 6:03 p.m. by Brett Dickerson – Editor