Barnes & Thornburg opens new office in South Bend

Barnes & Thornburg attorneys in South Bend are moving into their new office building in the city’s downtown and celebrating by boosting their community with a food drive for a local food bank.

The law firm’s new office, which opened Monday, occupies a 31,200-square-foot space on the second, third and fourth floors of the just-constructed building at 201 S. Main St., the first new building erected in South Bend’s downtown core in 20 years. More than 65 attorneys will be relocating from the firm’s former office in the 1st Source Center, 100 N. Michigan St., to the new building, which is called the Barnes & Thornburg Building.

“Barnes & Thornburg has a rich history in South Bend, and we are excited about continuing our commitment to the city and the region,” said Philip Faccenda Jr., managing partner of the firm’s South Bend office.

Features of the Barnes & Thornburg Building include a contemporary aesthetic with biophilic design, vehicle garage lift and on-site parking, electric vehicle charging stations, supplemental hydronic heating for outdoor meeting spaces, office hoteling and a wellness room.

To commemorate the opening of the new building, the firm, in coordination with Downtown South Bend and the South Bend Regional Chamber, will be hosting a celebration that will be socially distanced and help the local community overcome the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends, clients and community members are welcome to the special event, which will be held outside the building from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20. Everyone is asked to bring canned goods or other non-perishable items to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

“We appreciate all the project partners who contributed to this effort and to construction of this beautiful new building.” Faccenda said. “The Nov. 20 event is meant to show our appreciation to the community and to help those in need.”

Located across the street from the federal courthouse, the new building was started with a groundbreaking in April 2019.

The project was co-developed by Bald Mountain LLC, Norris Equity Partners and Great Lakes Capital. Weigand Construction served as general contractor on the project.

Other tenants in the building are Lou Hansell Inc., Norris Equity Partners and a coffee shop that will be opening in early 2021.

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