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Law firm relocates Charleston office to Morrison Yard development

Jason Thomas //March 13, 2023//

Law firm relocates Charleston office to Morrison Yard development

Jason Thomas //March 13, 2023//

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The reception area of Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP's new Charleston office at Morrison Yard. (Rendering/Provided)

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has relocated its Charleston office to Morrison Yard, the signature development overlooking the Cooper River in the city’s upper peninsula.

The move allowed Parker Poe to redesign its Charleston footprint based on new trends in the legal industry, while also positioning the firm for future growth, a news release from the firm stated.

“Our new office is a long-term investment in the Charleston community,” said Robert Jordan, a partner who leads the firm’s Charleston office, in the release. “We have been committed to this community for almost 20 years in terms of office space and much longer in terms of helping clients grow their businesses. We are thrilled to make this investment in an innovative building where our team of lawyers and business professionals are excited to come to work.”  

Parker Poe partnered with Balfour Beatty, CBI Workplace Solutions, The Keith Corp., Origin Development Partners, Mixson Properties, JLL and Hendrick on its new office, according to the release.

In partnering with Hendrick to design the new space, Parker Poe applied the same core principles that it uses to serve its clients, including collaboration and efficiency, the release stated. The new space features an open design with views of the Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor, flexible work and communal spaces and increased meeting rooms to support client and internal engagement, the release stated. Additionally, it features the latest video-conferencing technology as the firm and its clients continue to work together virtually and in person. 

“We are committed to a vibrant and growing presence in the Charleston community and were thrilled to find a unique and compelling opportunity to continue and strengthen our roots here,” said Tom Griffin, Parker Poe’s managing partner, in the release. “Our new space matches Parker Poe’s collaborative, forward-thinking approach and will be a place where we can build our business and culture for many years to come.” 

In addition, DIRTT and Alfred Williams and Co. contracted with Balfour Beatty on the timber beams that are featured throughout the lobby and meeting room space.

Morrison Yard was designed to honor Charleston’s maritime history, as the 12-story building resembles the shape of offset shipping containers, the release stated. Parker Poe’s office within Morrison Yard nods to that history as well through touches such as nautical pull handles and pendant lights. The firm and other tenants will also enjoy a rooftop deck, a wetlands plaza, standup outdoor workstations, and convenient access by car or bicycle from downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas, according to the release.

Another element that attracted Parker Poe to Morrison Yard is the recognition the building is earning for its impact on health, wellbeing and the environment, as Morrison Yard is the only building in Charleston certified by Fitwell, which was originally created in part by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release stated.

In addition, Morrison Yard will be one of the first recipients of the Charleston RISES certification. That certification promotes new construction projects that, according to the release:

  • Are at least 30% more energy and water efficient than projects that are simply code compliant.
  • Use materials that do not adversely affect the health and well-being of building occupants.