A burst pipe at one of Miami’s tallest office towers has forced a number of law firms, including Hogan Lovells, and other businesses to relocate for four months or longer.
The leak on the 22nd floor of the Sabadell Financial Center, formerly the Mellon Financial Center, at 1111 Brickell Ave., forced the closing of the 31-story building for the entire day Jan. 6.
Most tenants were allowed back by Monday, but most located below the 22nd floor sustained extensive damage and had to find temporary quarters. Hogan Lovells was the second-largest tenant in the building with 35,000 square feet on six floors. Also displaced was Moscowitz & Moscowitz, a small criminal defense law firm.
Hogan Lovells, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. with 2,300 employees, wasted no time looking for temporary space.
Employees of the firm worked at home for a few days, then, like other displaced tenants, rented conference rooms at the JW Marriott Hotel.
The firm will be renting 45 offices at Quest Workspace’s Coral Gables center at 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
It is not yet known what caused the pipe to burst in the 12-year-old building.
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