Remodeling an empty office is tough enough. When the remodel involves four floors of a working law firm, that’s another story.
Ken Bieber helped pull it off at Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis’ Capella Tower. As firm facilities manager, he coordinated moving about 150 attorneys and staff, and some of them multiple times. Bieber also singlehandedly moved the contents of the firm library.
Bieber made sure that attorneys and staff had packed up their offices before the movers came in and had their temporary (and ultimately final) workstations ready for occupancy, with IT intact. Demolition started in late April 2016 and wrapped up in October for the firm’s five main floors. The firm also remodeled half of another floor for its accounting and IT departments, finishing in January 2017.
“We couldn’t have operated without Ken keeping everyone able to be in a workable environment,” said Bob Olek, the firm’s chief operating officer and Bieber’s boss.
All told, Bieber wrangled about 400 moves. Not surprisingly for a law firm, he encountered some pushback.
“They would be like, ‘It’s not a good time for me.’ Well, it’s never going to be a good time,” Bieber said. “You just keep plugging away at it and keep your sense of humor.”