Weiss said the green and white canteen on the 24th floor is a place for staff and lawyers to congregate. The firm serves breakfast there every Friday, hosts monthly birthday celebrations and throws impromptu lunches.
One day Weiss came across six people at a table in the canteen whom he said hadn't talked to each other in years, all catching up.
"We want to have spaces where staff and lawyersdifferent groupsare all talking," he said. "We wanted to find a way to break down those walls so people are not on the computer and phones all day."
Greenberg's office took 18 months to design and build out because of a collaborative and meticulous design process. The firm didn't move from its old office at The Forum on Northside Parkway until May, two years after signing the lease. In November it unveiled the space with a reception for 500 guests.
Weiss said he and Rosenbloom talked to the staff to design the administrative areas and interviewed law students to find out what kind of space younger lawyers wanted. "They wanted tech everywhere. They want to take an iPad and go to the lounge, rather than have to work in their office."
The canteen, complete with more flat-screens and a picture-window view of Buckhead, opens onto an adjoining lounge, which, like the rest of the space, is fully wired.
Asked the location of the library, Weiss responded, "What's that?"
Ubiquitous wireless access replaces shelves of books, although bound volumes of the Georgia Code and other reference works are available in practice group sections. The firm has two Wi-Fi networks, a secure one for Greenberg and a public one for guests. A business center behind the reception desk has printers that can be synced to mobile devices.
On the reception floor, an associate sits in a glass-walled conference room, documents spread on the table, talking to another lawyer in Los Angeles via the video screen, which can show simultaneous feeds from three locations.
Weiss, a litigator, said he prepared for an oral argument in front of colleagues in three other offices via video. "I was standing at a podium and they were firing questions at me."