The law firm of Fish & Richardson recently signed a 10-year lease for 32,300 square feet at Kilroy Realty’s One Paseo mixed-use development in Del Mar Heights. 

The firm will occupy the entire top fourth floor and one-half of the third floor in a new mid-rise, Class A office building at 12860 El Camino Real. 

“We are excited to be relocating to One Paseo, in the heart of San Diego’s technology hub,” Roger Denning, managing principal of the firm’s Southern California office, said in a statement. “Not only will we remain close to our intellectual property clients, our new office space features cutting-edge functionality that allows us to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.” 

Pacific Building Group was the general contractor of the new office while ID Studios was the interior designer. 

The commercial real estate firm Hughes Marino provided construction management on the project and engaged Pacific Building Group early in the design phase to provide preconstruction and design-assist services. 

“Fish & Richardson challenged us to build a space that would be aesthetically pleasing and inclusive of the latest office technology available,” Pacific Building Group president Jim Roherty said in a statement. “We know the inviting San Diego-inspired space will complement the firm’s outstanding work.” 

ID Studios executed an organized, yet natural and flowing theme that incorporates warm woods and blue, grey and rust colors, according to Pacific Building Group. Walnut office furniture is by System Source and offices include sit/stand desks. 

The space also features first-of-its-kind rooms for source code review and ample meeting space. The office focuses on open, light space with a modern design, which is a hallmark throughout many of Fish & Richardson’s 14 global offices. 

The innovative source code review rooms in Fish & Richardson’s space are 9-by-10-foot, glass-walled spaces specifically designed as observation rooms to allow source code reviewers a monitored place to conduct their work among other functions. Such computer-aided source code reviews can be critical to the discovery process for attorneys. 

In addition, several of the nine conference rooms include Casper Cloaking Film technology, specifically designed to ensure confidentiality while displaying critical information on projection screens. 

Fish & Richardson had a hands-on role in design aspects of the rooms using DIRTT (doing it right the first time) technology — a digital construction process that allows end-users to design a space to their specific needs. 

The office includes a monument staircase, a skyfold partition, cafe/break room, coffee bar, catering kitchen and mother’s room. Additional design features include decorative ceilings and custom casework. 

“For now, we are postponing occupying the new space,” Denning said. “The health and safety of our attorneys, staff and clients are our utmost concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming clients to the new space as soon as we are able.” 

The office was completed largely while COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were in place. Pacific Building Group said it was diligent to ensure a safe building environment throughout the construction process, by adhering to, and strictly enforcing, the COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and the county. 

Pacific Building Group is no stranger to this type of work. The Fish & Richardson office is the sixth law firm office the general contractor has completed in the past two years, with more projects currently underway. 

Fish & Ricardson’s Southern California offices were was established in 1995. With 39 attorneys and technology specialists in Southern California, the firm is positioned to serve international clients, especially in Asia and the Pacific Rim. 

Founded in 1984, Pacific Building Group has earned a strong reputation as a full-service general contractor specializing in tenant improvements. The 150-employee company is capable of doing a diverse range of construction projects as well, including ground-up, tenant improvement, health care, life science, hospitality, and facilities maintenance.