The Future of Workspace: Modern Industrial in Historic Charleston


November 28, 2023

By Megan Fink, Director of Global Marketing and Communications

In the vibrant and growing section of downtown Charleston along the north Morrison Drive corridor (affectionately referred to as NoMo), new industrial-inspired development stands as a testament to forward-thinking design. The flagship building in this waterfront neighborhood at the footsteps of the picturesque Ravenel Bridge is Morrison Yard. Connected to the historic downtown area, a short drive to residential communities east of the Cooper, and 11 miles from the Charleston International Airport, Morrison Yard offers action and access.

Among the growing tenant directory is the Parker Poe law firm. Seeing the opportunity for increased collaboration in this mixed-use development, Parker Poe started their relocation process several years ago and was one of the community’s first tenants into the space in Spring 2023. “Our new space is state-of-the art and reflects our commitment to serving our clients and the Charleston community for years to come,” said Robert Jordan, a partner who leads the firm’s Charleston office.  “We are excited to be part of the emerging Morrison business corridor and believe our clients and employees will really enjoy the convenience, functionality and beauty of our new office.”

The industrial feel of the building aligns with the character of the neighborhood, reflecting the lively nature of the growing community. Open beams, exposed ductwork, and brick accents contribute to the modern design, creating an atmosphere that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Natural light is prioritized through big windows to pour into interior offices and collaborative spaces. With offices in multiple locations outside the Charleston region, including Greenville, Spartanburg, Charlotte, Columbia, DC, and Atlanta, the workspace is strategically designed to accommodate the collaborative needs of clients and team members who work across office lines.

A key feature of the new space is its flexibility in function. The main conference room can be divided into three soundproof sections, offering the versatility to host events or accommodate partners working together. The uniform size of offices promotes a good flow to the space, while additional breakout rooms cater to various work styles and needs. As a full-service law office handling everything from litigation to corporate work, the Morrison Yard office is tailored to meet the diverse needs of the team. From a functional break room that encourages gathering to private deposition rooms with back entrances for client privacy, every aspect of the office is designed with collaboration and client satisfaction in mind.

The building is certified by Fitwell, which was originally created in part by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its certification process evaluates various areas that research has shown contribute to health and well-being. Outside, a large, covered deck overlooking the marsh provides a tranquil space for lunch, while the courtyard below offers laptop stands for alternative workspaces. Several EV charging stations are available in the adjoining garage and bike racks promote connectivity to the outdoors and a sustainable lifestyle. In addition, Morrison Yard will be one of the first recipients of the Charleston RISES certification, which promotes water and energy efficiency.

New spaces are not just about aesthetics; they foster a sense of growth and creativity, contributing to the overall success and satisfaction of team members. The workspace is not just a place of business but a hub of community activity. Parker Poe is shaping the future of work for the region and contributing to the overall vibrancy of the NoMo neighborhood. And did I mention the View?

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