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Team work puts ACC ahead with city law firm expansion.

ACC Construction announced the completion of the expansion space for the LeClair Ryan law firm at 840 Third Avenue in Manhattan.

LeClair, which occupies 11,768 s/f on the fifth floor of the building, had the chance to take additional space on the 9th floor when most of the floor became available in mid-2008.

The firm's corporate office is in Richmond, Va., but has 20 offices across the country. It is known for its strong corporate law and high-stakes litigation practices. The firm also consults on a range of construction and real estate related issues.

"The firm has experienced significant growth over the past 18 months," said Barry R Kozak, LeClair Ryan executive director. "Based on client needs, the expansion of our New York space is a natural extension of the tremendous potential we see in the New York and New Jersey markets. In fact, we have also recently added an office in Connecticut and built-out new space in Boston." Peter Braito, senior managing director of NKF Consulting, served as the project manager for LeClair Ryan. He assembled the team, which included ACC Construction, MG Engineering, C three Architecture + Design, and Angie McConnell of Evolve Architecture.

McConnell and Evolve, the designer and architectural firm, had worked with LeClair Ryan in the past; indeed, they too are based in Richmond, and know how to interpret the corporate design in different cities, including Boston, Dearborn, Mich., and Washington, D.C., where they have designed other offices. Evolve has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the law firm, responsible for many of the firm's offices.


McConnell was both the project manager and interior designer and was responsible for the fixtures and finishes. She described the design as "traditional, but not stuffy." Most of the space is highly functional but the design also features notes of luxury and splashes of color.

Fine finishes are evident in the small reception area, where a mahogany veneer wall with faux columns and an elegant side table define the waiting area; most visitors will be greeted on the LeClair's main space. McConnell also iniected a lot of color in a generously large pantry, where deep red and greengold walls liven the interior.

"This job was successful because everyone worked together so well," said James Galvin, vice president of ACC. "Everything came together to make it a positive experience: the drawings were well detailed, Peter Braito and his team were terrific, the building management facilitated our work, everyone was on their game.

"The schedule called for a late-December finish but the fact is we delivered the space entirely finished on December 5."

Braito appreciated the effort, saying that, "ACC did a fantastic job on the build-out."

James Clarke, also based in Richmond, is the director of operations for LeClair Ryan, and he was delighted that the construction process was completed without requiring weekly or bi-weekly trips from Virginia.

"It's very satisfying to be able to rely on professionals who are doing their jobs whether you're physically there or not," said Clarke.

" I absolutely knew that 1 could trust NKF and the ACC team to deliver the product we were looking for."

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Date:Mar 25, 2009
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