Ball Horticultural Company Global Headquarters

Ball Horticultural

Company Global Headquarters

West Chicago, IL

Project Scope

A complete 42,000 sf interior office upgrade to attract and retain talent that headquarters Ball Horticultural Company’s global operation.  The design was focused on the penetration of natural light, soothing colors, and an open work environment to increase collaboration among departments while creating an enjoyable and productive work environment.  Ergonomically designed workstations and private offices with sit-to-stand desks were utilized to promote employee health, along with a variety of conference and collaboration spaces to also support various types of meetings.  

Environmental branding was incorporated throughout the space to showcase Ball Horticultural Company’s rich family history.  The color palette for the space was inspired by the various floral seeds that Ball offers with rich hues of red, violet, coral, yellow, and green that interject energy into an otherwise texturally neutral canvas backdrop.  The modern design is both warm and residential to appeal to Ball Horticultural Company’s consumers. Construction occurred in four phases to accommodate the continuing operation of the business. The project also included a Head House and Pole Barn addition, site and landscape improvements, parking improvements, and new Quonset Huts.


Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, IL 60185


Mr. Al Davidson
Ball Horticultural Company

The Featherstone Difference

Anna Ball serves on the Board of The Morton Arboretum and respected all that Featherstone had done for that organization in bringing more value for donor dollars to TMA’s development program. Her own historied, family business was anticipating a major renovation project at their international headquarters, in addition to a large, new laboratory facility. They desperately needed office and laboratory upgrades, but at the same time they needed to maintain their research program and business operations.

Featherstone brought their ability to phase and transform a seemingly chaotic construction program, into an organized progression of perfectly sequenced activities. The building itself was a collection of additions and merges, dating back to the 1920’s. Knitting together the rebuilding and replacement of major systems and exterior treatments, combined with the repurposing of the back-of-house production facilities, proved to be an extremely challenging “upgrade” project. Once at schematic design, however, the building schedule was developed. The plan allowed for swing space at each phase of the construction program to accommodate temporarily displaced personnel while breaking down the overall schedule into four functional phases.

Category: Total Building Renovation

“As Owner’s Representative, Featherstone kept us well informed throughout the project and managed all selection and dealings with the contractors.  They provided worry-free implementation.” – Mr. Allan Davidson, President, Ball Horticultural Company