Once firm management at Ballard Spahr decided to stay in the Mellon Bank Center and renovate the office space rather than move into a different building in Philadelphia, those in charge moved swiftly and efficiently to consolidate floors and convert the space from a traditional style to a brighter, airier, more contemporary look. The result? A more modern space offering abundant natural light and occupying two fewer floors than before.

Firm Chair Mark Stewart stated, “There were two main goals [in the renovation]. We wanted space that was flexible and we wanted the space to be accommodating for the long term.” He added, “Our eight floors are more efficient than the 10 floors we had been in.”

Real estate partner Mark S. DePillis told the Business Journal that decision makers had to strike a balance and not go too far overboard with the new design, which ultimately was deemed “modern but timeless” and functional, as well.


Mark Stewart
Mark S. DePillis