Law Firm Announced as First Tenant
TULSA, OKLA. – After more than three decades of legal and public service from its offices at 4th and Boston, Crowe & Dunlevy will move its Tulsa office to the 222 N. Detroit Building offered for lease by WPX Energy Headquarters LLC, a subsidiary of Devon Energy.
Crowe & Dunlevy will occupy over 34,000 square feet of space on the building’s sixth floor, including terraces overlooking the active redevelopment of the Greenwood District. Teaming with Tulsa-based KKT Architects and Flintco, the law firm is designing space that prioritizes functionality, technology and efficiency in the delivery of legal services and community leadership, providing connectivity and comfort among its employees.
“We believe that the challenges facing all businesses in these difficult times and those that may come in the future are most readily overcome by a united, happy and supported workforce, vested in each other’s success and in the success of their collective business,” said Malcolm E. Rosser IV, co-chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Real Estate Practice Group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “To that end, our plans shift us away from the traditional heavy allocation of square footage to office spaces and toward work café and other spaces facilitating collaboration and interaction among our attorneys, staff, clients and visitors.”
The 222 N. Detroit development emphasizes community and history, using a facade comprised of brick, steel and glass to complement the rugged character of early warehouses in the area. The project incorporates green space, trees, lighting, benches, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and streetscaping consistent with Tulsa’s Downtown Area Master Plan. Most prominently, the development includes a public plaza and pathway through the middle of the property connecting Guthrie Green and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.
“KKT Architects has been Crowe & Dunlevy’s design partner in Tulsa for over 30 years,” said Kate Cofer, KKT principal and business engagement lead. “We are excited for the firm to embark on a progressive, modern office that reflects their values of innovation and community mindedness. The firm has an appreciation for design and has integrated into the space a focus on wellbeing, as well as including features that will cater to future flexibility and a multi-generational workforce.”
Inspired by its long commitment to the rich history of the arts and community in downtown Tulsa, the location and space will reflect the firm’s long and demonstrated support of the Tulsa arts scene and its strong focus on community involvement and service. Crowe & Dunlevy’s space will include a gallery for the collection of works by Tulsa artists the firm has accumulated during its 30 years of supporting their efforts.
“In important ways, we think our plans to promote connectivity among our employees, clients and community are reflective of the symbolic joining of the diversity of people and interests that is the focus of the building’s planning and public pathways,” Rosser said.
Bob Pielsticker, Matt Reese, Dylan Seibert and Harlan Davis of CBRE represented Crowe & Dunlevy in the lease negotiations.
“We were honored to work with Crowe & Dunlevy on this historic transaction for their firm at one of Tulsa’s newest Class A office buildings,” said Pielsticker, CBRE first vice president, SIOR.
Flintco is assisting Crowe & Dunlevy with the buildout of the new office space.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with Crowe & Dunlevy for their new office,” said Russ Peevy, Flintco-Tulsa’s vice president/area manager. “Both of our firms were founded in Oklahoma in the early 1900s, so it’s special to be able to work together with a great longtime community partner. We also look forward to being neighbors with them after our recent move to the Greenwood District in late 2020.”
Jared Andresen and Brett Beaver with Cushman & Wakefield served as brokers for WPX Energy Headquarters LLC.