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Are Balconies the New Breakroom?

Architectural trend is a notable design element of CSL Behring’s new office building.



Bold balconies are a design element being incorporated into more and more buildings, including once conservatively-designed office structures. That’s according to an article published in the New York Times in 2016, “Office Balconies Find Their Place in the Sun as U.S. Landlords Get Competitive.” The article notes that these balconies can be places where employees can stretch their legs in the fresh air or maybe take a quick personal phone call.

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A new building being constructed for biotechnology leader CSL Behring at 500 North Gulph Road in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is an example of this continuing trend. The building, scheduled for completion in early 2019, features three balconies. Mike Hays, Director of Facilities Operations and Design for CSL Behring, says the balconies not only offer fresh air and nice views, but they can also be a unique meeting space for quick catch-ups between colleagues.

The new office building will house approximately 430 employees and is another sign of growth at the expanding company. Balconies aren’t the only modern feature the new leading-edge building will contain. Other design elements include floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light and glass office fronts that encourage collaboration. Situated next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the building is highly visible to the more than 34,000 cars that pass by the King of Prussia exit (Mile 326) every day.