The architecture/engineering firm Ballinger is proud to announce the promotion of Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP to the position of Chief Structural Engineer.  Ms. Fante began at Ballinger in the year 2000 and is currently an Associate Principal and Structural Group Manager.  She succeeds Ed Zinski who has served as Chief Structural Engineer for 26 years and will continue to serve at Ballinger as a quality assurance advisor.

“Angela Fante brings to the role of Chief Structural Engineer a combination of vision, unrelenting drive, and passion for our clients. She has successfully led many of Ballinger’s most significant projects over the past decade,” Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan said.

Mr. Friedan continued: “She is a superb engineer.  She uses a full range of digital tools to make great design for exceptional buildings happen.  She guides every step of the process from initial concepts to value engineering, to well-integrated detailing to field consulting.  With a brilliant mind, worn steel-toed boots and a good heart, she makes everyone of us better.  Angie is the ideal Chief Structural Engineer to succeed Ed and will continue to lead Ballinger well into the 21st century.”

Ms. Fante will lead Ballinger’s structural engineering into the realm of new analysis and modeling technologies, delivery methods, and innovative ways of revisiting traditional building solutions.

In addition to her responsibilities within the firm, Ms. Fante is currently a member of the Delaware Valley Engineers Week PR committee.  In 2011, she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.  She earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is licensed in 18 states, including Washington, DC.

“It is both an honor and a great responsibility to carry on the legacy of structural engineering excellence at Ballinger,” Ms. Fante said. “I’m taking the lead at a time when our team’s ability to execute and deliver both consistent and innovative results for clients is strong. This is in no small part due to Ed’s prior leadership, his disciplined process and attention to detail, and instilling in the team the notion that anything is possible in structures if we remain vigilant in adhering to basic engineering principles.”

Mr. Zinski became Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer in 1990, having previously worked as vice-president of a national structural engineering consulting firm. During his tenure, Ed has led the advancement of the Quality Assurance / Quality Control (“QA/QC”) program across all disciplines throughout the firm, enhancing Ballinger’s reputation as one of the leading design firms in the country. Ed earned his Bachelors of Architectural Engineering from Penn State and Masters in Engineering from University of South Florida.

In recent years, Ballinger’s structural project engineering has been the recipient of the prestigious “Presidential Award of Excellence” from the American Institute of Steel Construction, as well as many other project awards from the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Architects, Engineering News Record, the Concrete Foundation Association, and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers.

Ballinger’s History of Chief Structural Engineers

Ballinger traces its founding to 1878, making it one of the first architecture/engineering firms in the United States. Excellence in structural engineering has a long tradition at Ballinger with a distinguished lineage of Chief Structural Engineers over the past 65 years including:

  • Angela Fante; 2016 –
  • Edward Zinski; 1990 – 2016
  • Felix “Phil” DiNicolantonio
  • Walter Bruhns
  • John DeMoll