Bar News - May 5, 2006
Bar Center Move: More Room for Members!
Workers in a crane burnish the entry to Two Pillsbury Street, a multi-tenant building that will house the Bar Center, including offices and meeting space for the Bar Association and Bar Foundation. The relocation is slated to be completed by June 12.
Just a reminder – in less than six weeks, your Bar Association’s headquarters will be relocating to space on the third floor of Two Pillsbury Street, the former Blue Cross & Blue Shield building in the south end of Concord.
The Bar Center at 112 Pleasant Street will likely be closed for most of the week of June 5-9 to complete the move to Two Pillsbury Street. Operations at the new facility will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12. (See sidebar on aspects of the move.) The 112 Pleasant Street building has been sold by the Bar Foundation, which will also move to Pillsbury Street. The new occupants of the Pleasant Street building will be moving in shortly after. The Bar Foundation is exploring how to best invest the proceeds from the sale of the 112 Pleasant Street property to support the new Bar Center.
The new space represents an expansion in square footage for the Bar Association, although the amount of space devoted to offices has not greatly expanded, said NH Bar Association Executive Director Jeannine McCoy. Most of the expanded space at the Bar Association’s new location is devoted to member needs, providing:
— more space for meetings, including a large board room, dividable into four separate meeting spaces, and, three smaller rooms, available to members at no cost to catch up on work while in Concord, for client conferences, depositions, etc.
— a gathering space outside the conference rooms to allow members, before and after meetings, to simply converse, and as a serving space for refreshments and food;
— an expanded resource library for members;
— ample off-street parking;
— hassle-free access, at Exit 12 North off Interstate 93, without requiring members to navigate the traffic of downtown Concord.
A short time after occupancy, a large seminar space will be completed on the ground floor at the Pillsbury Street building, which will allow the Bar to hold most of its CLE programs on-site instead of renting banquet space at local hotels. “Having our own space (a combination of leased and common meeting space) will enable the Bar Association’s CLE program to be cost-effective, nimble and flexible in scheduling CLEs that are timely and responsive to Bar members’ CLE needs,” said McCoy. “With a greater array of sizes of meeting spaces available, we can offer, through CLE programs and through section and committee events, a wider variety of programs and events, including more programs for underserved niche groups in the Bar,” she added.