RALEIGH, N.C.—After 33 years in the Raleigh market, Womble Carlyle opened its new downtown Raleigh office with the goal of creating an efficient, comfortable and cost-effective workspace for attorneys, staff and clients.

According to a new Steelecase white paper, the new Raleigh office achieves those goals. The report states, “It’s a high performance workspace that helps improve employee wellbeing and conveys an image befitting a top tier law firm, yet uses less real estate than their old office.”

Some of the benefits of the new office are:

  • A uniform size and shape for attorney offices, with much more flexibility to repurpose space.
  • Freestanding furniture can be arranged to an individual’s specific work needs.
  • Ergonomically friendly chairs, desks and height-adjustable work stations;
  • Collaboration areas, including a café space, that encourage teamwork;
  • A more efficient use of space, meaning that less total square footage is needed.

Steelcase surveyed Raleigh office employees both before and after the move. Survey scores were up significantly in every category, as staff members said the new office was a better fit for their work needs.

Raleigh office Managing Partner Johnny Loper said, “We’re lawyers, and while we think we can learn any subject if we’re required to, we were smart enough to team up with good people on this project. We appreciate their good advice, their products, and their patience. As a result, we have a great work environment.”

Womble Carlyle is the anchor tenant of Charter Square, a new 11-story Class A building located at 555 Fayetteville Street. Charter Square is immediately adjacent to centers of activity, such as the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, the Raleigh Convention Center and City Plaza. The building was designed to be Platinum LEED certified for energy efficiency.  The new office opened in December 2015.

In April, Womble Carlyle’s new Raleigh office was nominated for the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (Triangle CREW) Champion Awards in the category of Best Interiors Project.