Thursday, February 28, 2008

William Morris Ankles El Camino Drive

William Morris Drive, Beverly Hills, California

Venerable talent agency William Morris plans to decamp from its current digs, three trophy properties located at 150 S. Rodeo Drive and 150-151 S. El Camino Drive in Beverly Hills. The buildings are located in the Beverly Hills "Golden Triangle", an area of top-shelf office and retail, where vacancy hovers at a punishingly low 2.9%. Unlike CAA, which bailed from its long-time Beverly Hills home, WMA intends to remain in the 90210 and has hired architectural firm Gensler to develop a green building with recycled materials and energy-efficient water and lighting systems on Beverly Drive. Green is good, but the true challenge will be reprogramming talent agents to eliminate first class air travel, Ferrari driving and Evian water consumption in order to reduce the company's carbon footprint.