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Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
World Headquarters
Kansas City, MO
                                             Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Legal                                        World Headquarters
The international law firm of Shook,
Hardy & Bacon planned to move its
world headquarters into a custom
                                             The Challenges
designed 24-story, 683,000 square
foot building located in the Crown
                                             S     hook, Hardy & Bacon needed
                                             multiple filing and storage systems in
                                                                                        material, mock evidence, exhibits, and
                                                                                        poster-sized photographs. The filing
Center Complex of Kansas City. This          its world headquarters being complet-      requirement alone equated to over
premiere facility would have room for        ed in Kansas City by the nationally        nine miles of files.
growth and include open office set-
                                             recognized architectural firm of               The new building presented even
tings that could be easily reconfigured
as required. Storage would be needed         HNTB. Opting for all new systems,          more system design challenges
for private offices, training rooms,         the company wanted to store a great        because of ceiling height restrictions
conference rooms, exhibits, and              variety of items: legal filing in pocket   and floors that varied in height. In
libraries on multiple floors.                folders, boxes, 3-ring binders, legal      total, over 11 floors would require
                                             books, notebooks, presentation             storage.
                    Shook Hardy & Bacon
                    Corporate Headquarters

                                                            An infinite vista of Aurora Low Profile Mobile:
                                                            One of fifteen Aurora Systems at the law firm
                                                            of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
The Solution
       Shook, Hardy, and Bacon turned to          incorporated by the architect into the
    their Kansas City Aurora dealer to han-       construction plan.
    dle the complex design. The law firm             Multiple Aurora Low Profile Mobile
    thought about integrating their old sys-      systems were recommended that would
    tem with a newer addition, but elected        capitalize on height, gaining an addi-
    to go all new–every piece of equipment        tional tier of shelving over a convention-
    would be new.                                 al mobile system, while still complying
       The Aurora Dealer worked closely           with sprinkler fire codes.
    with the client, interior designer, and the      Although four or five other competi-
    architects to determine the multiple sys-     tive firms were involved in this bid,
    tems that would meet the law firm’s           Shook, Hardy & Bacon awarded the job
    requirements. They met with users from        to the Aurora dealer, primarily due to the
    each department and conducted a very          extensive groundwork and detailed floor
    detailed needs analysis including:            loading calculations they provided.
                                                      Even though this was new construc-
       • What was the work flow in each           tion, there were floor leveling problems.
         department?                              The installers built a grout mixing tent
       • Could we improve productivity and        around the work area to avoid the dust
         accessibility, while increasing accu-    that grouting usually kicks up.
         racy and retrieval times?                   For weeks three or four truckloads
       • Was security an issue?                   per week of shelving and carriages were
       • Did all systems need to be ADA           delivered to the work crew. In total over
         compliant?”                              233,740 pounds of shelving were used
                                                  in 15 separate mobile systems. The
    Ceiling height restrictions and lower         largest of the systems, over 175 feet
    floor heights on certain levels called for    long, is so expansive it gives the viewer
    very creative design to maximize filing       an impression of infinite length.
    inches and storage. As with any large            Shook, Hardy & Bacon began to
    high-density storage system, floor load-      occupy its new facility in the winter of
    ing issues and fire code compliance           2003. They are extremely pleased with
    were of paramount importance to the           their Aurora Mobile systems --- all 15 of
    architects. The building was specially        them!
    designed for high-density loads, and the
    calculations for projected weight loads
    provided by the dealer were actually

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