Linode Project Takes Home CREW Philadelphia Community Impact Award


At its 2018 awards ceremony, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Philadelphia honored Linode’s new Philadelphia headquarters. Nestled in the historic 1907 Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust building, the adaptive reuse project won this year’s Community Impact Award. The team accepted the award at CREW’s 20th annual fall luncheon on November 16.

Projects that qualify for the Community Impact Award have been completed within the past three years and led to a measurable economic impact within the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust building has served many purposes over more than a century standing in the Old City district of Philadelphia. For tech company Linode’s headquarters, a new look offers clean lines and sleek fixtures with minimal ornamentation.

The interior lighting system exclusively uses 3000K LEDs. Led by architect Ballinger, The Lighting Practice worked with the design team to highlight the historic architecture in various spots, such as the basement marble walls illuminated by surface-mounted linear slots. The strategic choice and placement of fixtures support wayfinding throughout the expansive space: downlights for transition spaces, direct/indirect (D/I) pendants in the open office area, and D/I pendants and pinhole downlights in the private offices and conference rooms. A carefully chosen warm color temperature mimics that of incandescent bulbs, a nod to the era in which the building was completed.

In the open office area, D/I pendants provide flexibility and controllability. Linear slots with supplemental pinhole downlights with separate dimmable controls continue the flexibility into conference rooms and private offices. Low-profile, wraparound fixtures illuminate basement lounges, support spaces, and unfinished areas.

CREW Philadelphia is the leading organization for Philadelphia commercial real estate professionals. The organization’s annual awards event exemplifies CREW’s mission to support the community and influence the success of the industry by advancing the achievements of women.

Congratulations to Linode, Ballinger, and the rest of the design team on receiving this important recognition in the community.


Linode Headquarters Team
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Client: Linode

Design Team: C. Erickson & Sons (General Contractor); Ballinger (Architect); Dawood Engineering (Site Engineer); Materials Conservation (Preservationists); HPE Group (MEP Engineer); and The Lighting Practice (Lighting Design)


Linode office