Sidley Austin will expand in Wells Fargo Plaza
Global law firm Sidley Austin will boost its space in downtown’s Wells Fargo Plaza by 60 percent in a long-term lease renewal and expansion.
The firm has added nearly 70 attorneys in Houston since establishing a local office in 2012. The lease of an additional 30,000 square feet brings its total to 80,000 square feet in the tower at 1000 Louisiana, according to CBRE.
“We’ve doubled our size in Houston over the last several years by adding exceptionally talented associates and partners who were very sought-after in this market,” Kevin Lewis, a co-managing partner of the Houston office along with Cliff Vrielink, said in an announcement. “That created a good problem: We ran out of office space.”
Sidley Austin operates 20 offices worldwide in key commercial, financial and regulatory centers; its largest concentration of attorneys is in Chicago.
The firm plans to redesign its Houston office, incorporating a new entry on the 59th-floor sky lobby with rare double-height ceilings. Architecture firm Gensler will design the space.
“We looked at options all throughout downtown,” said Kevin Kushner, a senior vice president with CBRE in Houston. “What they thought worked best was to stay where they are and to take advantage of that sky lobby where they could really build out something unique.”
With the expansion, Sidley Austin will occupy 3½ floors in the tower.
Kushner represented Sidley Austin along with Todd Lippman and James Whalen from CBRE’s Chicago office. Bonnie Kelley-Dienna and Dave Hanusa CBRE represented the landlord, a MetLife joint venture.
Well Fargo Plaza now is 81 percent leased. Space in the building opened up when Halcon Resources Corp. downsized by two floors, including the 59th-floor sky lobby, and Targa Resources vacated four floors to relocate to 811 Louisiana, CBRE said.
Wells Fargo Plaza, a 1.7-million-square-foot office tower at 1000 Louisiana, is managed by CBRE.