Ballinger’s work on the Pennovation Center was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at its annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Ceremony May 18. The project received the award for Outstanding Structural Engineering Project in the category of Buildings $10M to $30M.
The event was held at the National Museum of American Jewish History and included presentations by Andrew Blasetti of Thornton Tomasetti and John S. Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust.
The Pennovation Center is a 62,000 SF incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster start-ups. Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility.
The design called for a glass addition “bursting” through the north elevation of the existing building. To make the design a reality Ballinger developed a highly complex framing system, with the requirement that the same thickness of existing horizontal banding created by the perimeter concrete-encased steel floor beams be carried northward into the “bursting” north addition. No beams deeper than 10″ depth were permitted to structure the entire north addition, which was to appear to cantilever 32′ at its longest point.
The resulting building is now the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.