May 4, 2011

The Southwest Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) selected Polsinelli Shughart PC for its Design Excellence Award on April 28, 2011, which is the highest ranking award for projects over 10,000 square feet. Gensler & Associates, a global, architectural, design and consulting firm created the modern office space for Polsinelli Shughart featuring clean lines, strong geometry, precise alignments, open spaces and a contemporary feel.

“We are very pleased to have been selected for this prestigious award,” said Phoenix Office Managing Partner Ed Novak. “Our clients love the open and modern feel. Gensler's design not only provides a sophisticated atmosphere but also space for our continued growth. It was a pleasure to collaborate with them.”

The Southwest Chapter of the International Interior Design Association consists of over 350 members across Arizona, New Mexico, and Las Vegas. Each year IIDA asks individual chapters to participate in their Chapter Awards. Awards are given in ten categories as well as Chapter of the Year. The awards encourage IIDA chapters to develop and maintain excellent community service, educational, Forum and fundraising programs, to increase membership, to develop quality publications and graphic design, and to create Chapter activities that enhance the profession at the local level.

“The most successful projects are the result of close collaboration with the client, contractor and designer,” said Gensler Managing Principal Beth Harmon-Vaughan. “This project is an excellent example of a thoughtful design, well-executed by the contractor, a direct result of the client’s input and attention throughout the process. Polsinelli Shughart’s leadership was essential to assure that the design details meet their specific needs that resulted in great value for their investment.”

Similar to the development of the firm’s Denver office, Polsinelli Shughart was committed to utilizing sustainable materials in its Phoenix office. Some of the sustainable uses suggested by Gensler’s design team used in the new space include:

• Using reclaimed north facing oak from old barns in the Ohio River Valley as the primary wood
• Warm reclaimed oak flooring which greets guests and directs clients to the reception
• Oversized pivot doors of the conference rooms which bring additional emphasis on this important material selection
• Reinforcing the theme throughout the entire space, as all attorney doors are made from the oak veneer, which was installed in a horizontal graining pattern

The firm occupies nearly 70,000 square feet on three floors, and more than ten percent of the building’s 600,000 square feet of Class A office space.

For more information contact:

Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

Phoenix Marketing Manager Molly Edwards, 602-650-2338,

About Polsinelli Shughart PC

With more than 530 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Dallas; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.