A city ordinance declared that no building within of the nearby Benjamin Franklin Parkway can rise higher than . As such, the Bell Atlantic Tower stands at the southernmost edge of its plot, farther away from the parkway, to take full advantage of its height. A landscaped plaza, constructed from the same red granite as the building itself, occupies the rest of the land, fulfilling a city requirement that 1% of the total budget for new building construction must go towards a work of public art.
A banquet hall, known as Top Of The Tower, exists on the top floor of the building and is available for public rentals.
Although Bell Atlantic and GTE merged to become Verizon and hence the 'Bell Atlantic' name no longer officially exists, the building's managers kept the original name (mainly due to the difficulties in getting all necessary parties to agree to change it).