Perkins Coie

One of our client’s most important goals was to create a conference center space that functioned perfectly for client meetings, but also doubled as a beautiful and well-designed entertainment space for clients and visitors. Conference center walls disappear into the ceiling to provide a space that flows effortlessly between rooms and with the use of various lighting schemes can change the atmosphere of the space to meet different needs of the firm.


Location: Denver, CO
Size: 47,422 SF
Contractor: The Weitz Company
Professional Partners: MDP Engineering, NINE dot ARTS
Photography: Frank Ooms

Conferencing Conversion

One of our client’s most important goals was to create a conference center space that functioned perfectly for client meetings, but also doubled as a beautiful and well-designed entertainment space for clients and visitors. Conference center walls disappear into the ceiling to provide a space that flows effortlessly between rooms and with the use of various lighting schemes can change the atmosphere of the space to meet different needs of the firm.


“We always get companies saying the want ‘a Colorado vibe’, which usually means mountains or natural materials. But we think of Denver as being this very urban, energetic city that is balanced by the mountains. We loved the fact that in this space, you could look one way and see the mountains, then turn around and get an eyeful of city.”

– Melissa Marlow, Principal at Acquilano

Where People Want to Be

They took floors above the hip new Indigo Hotel at 1801 Wewatta in the heart of Denver’s transportation district. An expansive reception was planned by Acquilano to capitalize on both mountain and city perspectives. Office sizes were standardized and inset allowing for circulation at the window. Stackable glass partitions make flexible use of the many group spaces, each named for a notable Denver neighborhood. Authentic urban details like blackened-steel mullions and wood slat ceilings dress down the space, while traditional materials like slabs of provide a bit of balance. In the end, we did things different and we built the space “where people want to be”, say Kelly.

Featured Media

Acquilano’s work for Husch Blackwell has been featured in Modern in Denver, a Colorado publication for ongoing conversation about modern design, architecture and lifestyles in their modern design magazine and blog. Read the full article review within Modern in Denver‘s print magazine online.


“Acquilano Leslie designed a vibrant, urban, 21st-century space for law firm Husch Blackwell. Necessity is the mother of reinvention. At least that’s the case with Husch Blackwell’s hip, new downtown law offices. The necessity? A space that was vibrant, professional, efficient, and one-of-a-kind — and felt connected to the city of Denver.”

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