Open House: Community in mind with Taft’s fresh, modern Indy presence

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated. 

Investing in the city where it has planted deep roots was a no-brainer for Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

That’s why the longtime law firm decided to give its Indianapolis office a facelift by establishing a ground-floor presence in the downtown Indianapolis Regions Tower and improved amenities to cater to both clients and community.

Designed and constructed by CSO Architects and Keystone Construction Group, the law firm in September 2019 opened the Indianapolis Taft Center — 5,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference and event space in the heart of the city.

Located at One Indiana Square, Taft Center incorporates soaring glass windows and sleek marble finishes for a modern look with bright, clean LED signage and the repetition of Taft’s signature forward slash.

“We wanted it almost like an art museum,” said firm managing partner Bob Hicks, who said Taft wanted to veer away from anything “stuffy and old.”

“For us, it’s a fairly big statement about who we are and what our personality is.”

Renovations began after the Indy office experienced significant growth in 2018. The law firm has since desired to cultivate an attractive venue for hosting events while also providing a modern, innovative space to better serve clients.

Several large conference rooms — including a space that can hold up to 100 people — were built on the main level to replace upstairs conference rooms converted into attorney offices.

Conference room names were inspired by the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Hicks said. Taft decided to name each room after specific generations, including “The Greatest Generation,” “Baby Boomer,” “The Millennial” and “Generation Z.”

“The issues we have are largely generational,” Hicks said. “It reflects our view of the ‘open arms’ law firm.”

The renovation also incorporates an amenity all Regions Tower tenants can enjoy: Café 211. Taft provided the Starbucks-inspired cafe to the Cunningham Restaurant Group, which sells coffee, pastries and a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

Additional features of the Taft Center include a roughly 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio area with multiple seating areas, fire pits and a built-in bar, as well as video and audio capability and an entertainment area.

“We invested in (the Indianapolis office) and decided to make it really nice so it’s a destination for people,” Hicks said. “When people have a choice in the hybrid work world, we wanted to have an inviting workspace where they can come spend time.”•

Has your office moved into new space, undergone a redesign to improve flow and function, or repurposed a space to better serve the legal needs of clients? Tell us about it, and we may profile your transformation in our occasional series, “Open House.” Contact Olivia Covington at [email protected].

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