NEW YORK CITY-National law firm Thelen Reid & Priest LLP has completed a 177,000-sf buildout for its new Manhattan offices at 875 Third Ave.

Thelen Reid signed its lease on 875 Third Ave. in May 2001 with plans to begin construction in early 2002 and staff relocation in late summer. Following the events of Sept. 11, the space’s former tenant, law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, was unable to vacate the location as they had planned to move into the World Trade Center. Thelen Reid delayed its move to accommodate Sidley Austin in this difficult situation.

Locally based project management firm VVA LLC worked on an accelerated schedule to complete the extensive renovations, which include a new conference center, in 17 weeks. “Law firm construction projects can be extremely complex requiring the coordination of numerous consultants as well as the ability to understand the individual character of each firm,” says Lorenzo Vascotto, principal and managing director of VVA.

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