Baltimore, Md- Ellin & Tucker today announced that the firm officially begun operations in its new 32,000-square-foot headquarters at 400 East Pratt Street on Monday, September 29, 2014. The firm’s office move was part of a larger open-space plan developed by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and supported by Baltimore City and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) to rejuvenate the downtown area and improve the north side of Pratt Street. The renovation of 400 East Pratt Street marks the first new construction along the Inner Harbor stretch of downtown Baltimore in a decade.
“As one of the area’s largest accounting firms, we’ve been investing in Baltimore for almost 70 years and this move is a critical piece of the transformation of Baltimore’s Central Business District,” said Ed Brake, managing director of Ellin & Tucker. “We want to show our clients that we’re committed as much to innovation and leadership in our community as we are in our work for them.”
The new office is uniquely designed to appeal to the next generation of leadership at the firm. Incorporating employee-requested amenities, the suite includes a café, multimedia center, pool table, nursing room, study room and parking for every employee. The design also places an emphasis on a more open office space, with lower workstations, sustainable fixtures, and fewer isolated offices to foster a more collaborative environment. Most notably, the office has a direct view of the Inner Harbor, enhancing daylight visibility and offering all employees a scenic view.
“It’s not the typical accounting firm’s office,” said Brake. “We want our employees to be really proud of where they work. Our new space is a reflection of our progressive, forward-thinking and team-oriented culture.”
The firm’s office covers the entire 25,000-square-foot second floor renovation, 7,000 square feet on the third floor of the building, as well as access to a 3,000-square-foot private balcony addition overlooking Pratt Street. A monumental stair connects the two floors of the suite, creating architectural interest and encouraging daily exercise.
In addition to the development of Ellin & Tucker’s office building, the Pratt Street initiative will also expand other office buildings; add more retail from Martin Luther King Boulevard to President Street; improve sight lines and pedestrian walkability by removing aging skywalks and earthen berms; and boost the downtown economy by encouraging the construction of new buildings that will accommodate expanded retail, office and restaurant space.
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