Category: Announcements
Ballinger Designers Rank in International Portable Museum Design Competition

Instant Museum, a concept by Ballinger designers Philip Claghorn and Ray Lai, made the shortlist of the Archhive Books’ Portable Reading Rooms competition, representing the US on the global list. The international architecture competition invited designers to create a modular book-sharing structure to encourage reading and provide a community space for citizens of all ages.

The Instant Museum concept is a dynamic installation that aims to change the static and exclusive perception of the traditional museum. In contrast, the public is encouraged to ‘play’ with the modular structure. Throughout their concept, the designers prioritized public accessibility. The installation makes classic works of art and architectural literature available in an instant, in communities that may not have easy access to museums.

Archhive Books, the competition sponsor, is a print publication that connects architects with social issues and engagement opportunities.

View the entry

Accelerating Change through Evidence-Based Design

As a Cornerstone partner of the Center for Health Design, Ballinger advances the mission of improving the quality of healthcare through design of the built environment. Ballinger has been an active participant in the Center’s work, including the Pebble Project, a national research initiative to formalize an evidence-based design process. The goal is to create a ripple effect by documenting peer-reviewed examples of healthcare environments that employ evidence-based design and then assess outcomes.

Ballinger participated in the planning of two Pebble Projects: the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower and the Weill Greenberg Ambulatory Care Center at Weill Cornell Medicine. The Weill Greenberg Center was one of the nation’s first Pebble Projects, and research on the design impacts was published in the peer-reviewed Health Environments Research + Design (HERD) Journal.

In line with the mission to share knowledge, Ballinger leaders have also presented lectures and webinars at learning sessions organized by Center. We are proud to contribute to the Center’s ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Read more on Ballinger’s partnership with the Center for Health Design

Pro Bono Work Featured in Context

The spring 2020 issue of Context, AIA Philadelphia’s quarterly publication, includes a profile of CoLab Philadelphia. Ballinger was part of a volunteer team organized by the Community Design Collaborative that converted an airstream trailer into a mobile healthcare outreach tool. Recently the trailer was used as a mobile COVID-19 testing site.

Read more

Our Ballinger Community

Recent events have brought heightened focus on eliminating social injustice and providing dignity and respect for human life. Many Americans are protesting for positive change and improving our collective quality of life. We must commit ourselves to being a source of sensitivity and care at this time of uncertainty, as well as advocates for human rights always.

We dedicate ourselves to Ethical and Professional Conduct that binds us professionally to upholding human rights for all and using our knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare. By our own code, it is unethical to adjoin ourselves to the service of those who would ask us to violate those principles.

As Architects, Engineers, and Designers we uphold the safety and well-being of people inhabiting our built environments. We pride ourselves on our expertise and apply our knowledge to solve difficult design and technical challenges. We can extend the same commitment to our craft by bringing innovative ideas and determination to the complex challenges facing our broader society. We can strive to build a more honest, safe, and equitable world.

Since 1878, Ballinger has been an active Philadelphia community leader with broad national reach. Let’s remain focused on a better and more just future… for every member of our local community and across the nation.

The Ballinger Leadership

Christina Grimes Interviewed on the Role of Architects in a COVID-19 World

How can architects play a role in meeting the urgent demands of the COVID-19 pandemic? Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED BD+ C, EDAC, ACHA, was interviewed by PlanPhilly, a reporting project of the public media organization WHYY, about remaking spaces for our new socially distanced lives.

Read the full article on WHYY Philadelphia

University of Maryland Baltimore County Project Featured in Context Magazine

Ballinger’s Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The issue is dedicated to the concept of collaboration.

The design profile focuses on the collaboration between UMBC, Ballinger and Volkan Alkanoglu, the artist responsible for “In Flight”, a dynamic installation in the building commons.

Read more here

Philadelphia-Based Researchers Work Towards COVID-19 Vaccine in Ballinger-Designed Labs

Research scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute are responding to the coronavirus global outbreak by investigating the development of new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent infections. Researchers are conducting experiments in labs designed by the architects and engineers of Ballinger — The Robert and Penny Fox Tower, a seven-story, 100,000 SF addition to The Wistar Institute and Stemmler Hall, a 230,000 SF lab building at the University of Pennsylvania that recently underwent a transformative renovation.

Photo courtesy of Norbert Pardi

Photo courtesy of Norbert Pardi

Read more about how these institutions are working to speed the development and testing of a COVID-19 vaccine

AIA AAH Webinar: The Big 5 Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

How can we design healthcare buildings to be flexible in the face of uncertainty? In a webinar hosted by the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP will address trends in patient-centered care and technology that drive the need for flexibility.

Their presentation, “The Big 5: Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future,” will focus on the impact of floor to floor heights, column spacing, fixed vertical elements, targeted zones of flexibility, and resiliency on a healthcare facility’s future adaptability.

Link to registration

Ballinger Aids in Printing Coronavirus Face Shields for Healthcare Workers

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ballinger has remobilized our Ultimaker 3D printers to produce face shields. Organized by our print partner, BluEdge, the effort will aid healthcare workers in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE). Ballinger is proud to join architecture firms across the US to manufacture supplies during this time of need.

Link to BlueEdge’s face shield 3D print farm

Ballinger on the Structural Engineering Channel Podcast

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP was a guest on the Structural Engineering Channel, a podcast from the Engineering Management Institute. Co-hosts Mathew Picardal, PE and Alexis Clark, PE interviewed Angie about the structural engineering walking tour of St. Louis she recently developed with support from the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). Angie researched and recorded the tour as a way to highlight and explain notable engineering achievements.

Listen to the podcast

A message regarding Ballinger’s response to COVID-19

To our Clients, Collaborators, and Colleagues:

Ballinger remains steadfastly committed to our employees, clients, and colleagues as we navigate the uncertainties brought on by COVID-19.

We have undertaken a number of measures to protect our employees while continuing to meet the expectations of our clients. As of March 16, our teams are working remotely, accessible by phone, email and videoconference. We maintain a robust technology platform that enables us to continue to advance the work of our projects remotely. Our technological infrastructure provides full access to our network and enables teams to collaborate and communicate virtually, ensuring continuity of client service and team integration.

Our practice is focused on work that advances discovery, health and learning. As we confront this global pandemic, Ballinger is committed to doing our part to make a difference and to support those that carry the burden of containing this virus and caring for others.

On behalf of all of us at Ballinger, we encourage you to stay safe and well during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support and trust.

David H. Koch Center Achieves LEED Gold

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was recently certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It’s the first project in New York City to earn certification and the first in the state to achieve LEED Gold under the more stringent LEED Healthcare rating system.


The 734,000 GSF state-of-the-art ambulatory facility was designed via a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, with Syska Hennessy Group as MEP engineer. Centered around providing a seamless patient-care experience from beginning to end, the facility is also designed for operational efficiency, future flexibility and sustainability.


Sustainable strategies include a high-performance building skin, high-efficiency mechanical systems and a green roof covering 30% of the surface. Systems are designed to decrease energy use by 18.7% and water usage by 30%. The distinctive façade consists of triple paned insulated glazing with slatted wood screens, which reduces solar glare, building heat gain, and the need for solar and privacy shading.

Engineering for a New World

The University of Rhode Island Magazine covered the opening of the Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, designed and engineered by Ballinger.

Fall 2019 Magazine Cover

Excerpted from the University of Rhode Island Magazine:

The largest construction project in University history, The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering opened its doors this fall, bringing all the engineering disciplines together in a space that actively supports hands-on, interdisciplinary research and defies departmental silos. The center features state-of-the-art research labs, student-oriented open space, and bold, modern design–transparent, airy, and centered around common work areas.

By Janine Liberty

From the smartphone to the Large Hadron Collider to France’s Millau Viaduct, some of the world’s greatest engineering marvels have been created in the last 20 years. Rapid advances in technology and material sciences have changed not just what’s possible in engineering, but what’s imaginable. Engineers are at the center of an era defined by unprecedented technological capabilities, and their creative and practical achievements are shaping the world in entirely new ways.

Collective Purpose

Just before classes began this fall, a group of engineering professors gathered in The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. Representing the full engineering faculty, this group comprises 22 of the college’s 74 faculty members, whose research and teaching will be shaped by the open space, transparent walls, and bridge-like architecture of the new facility.

Engineers are unique. Equal parts creative visionaries and doers, they are able to imagine technologies that will advance human potential, and construct the framework that will transform their ideas into reality. These engineers are also teachers, mentors, and guides—showing the next generation, who will be faced with some of the biggest problems the world has ever known, how to engineer solutions.

A New Space for a New Era of Research

URI’s College of Engineering is positioned to push the rapidly expanding boundaries of science and technology, and its new home, The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, is designed for this new era. With the opening of The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering this fall,” says College of Engineering Dean Raymond M. Wright, “students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate more easily across disciplines.”

“This new facility will stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary learning and research. It will lead to discoveries that we cannot even imagine today.”
–URI President David M. Dooley

“Increasingly, our engineering students and faculty are not only working in interdisciplinary teams within the college, but with students and faculty from across the University in oceanography, health, pharmacy, chemistry, computer science, and business as well as companies and corporations around the state, region, and the world,” URI President David M. Dooley says.

During preliminary meetings with the project’s principal architect, Terry Steelman, of the firm Ballinger of Philadelphia, Wright explained that he wanted to bring faculty together through research areas, not departments or disciplines. “One thing we know for sure is when we bring people together to solve challenges, it gets done,” says Wright.

The college will be organized around critical interdisciplinary research themes that address some of the biggest challenges the world faces: alternative energy, nanotechnology, robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, advanced materials and structures, and sensors and instrumentation.

The Fascitelli Center will support and encourage this interdisciplinary research by physically locating faculty from different disciplines near one another and adjacent to common research and meeting spaces. “Almost nothing in engineering anymore exists solely within a single discipline,” says Steelman. “This building is designed not just to advocate for, but to stimulate interdisciplinary discovery, so students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate across disciplines.”

“When the engineering disciplines combine, the sum is greater than its parts. URI engineering is building the future.”
–Dean Raymond M. Wright

“Our faculty are designing and building the infrastructure modern society relies on; finding innovative ways to harness energy from our sun, ocean, and even highways; building new medical diagnostic methods and devices; and racing to ensure every man, woman, and child has access to clean, safe water,” says Wright.

“This new facility will stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary learning and research. It will lead to discoveries that we cannot even imagine today,” Dooley adds.

The new building was funded by two Rhode Island voter-approved bond issues, as well as private gift commitments from corporations including Toray Plastics (America), Inc.; FM Global; Taco; Hexagon; and Shimadzu; and from individual donors, including a $10 million gift from College of Engineering alumnus Michael D. Fascitelli ‘78, Hon. ‘08, and his wife, Elizabeth Fascitelli.

Learning Through Hands-On Research and Fieldwork

Working in robotics is like the Wild West in terms of the opportunities it presents,” says engineering student Robin Hall ‘20. “It’s always innovative, always changing, and there is always something new to work on.” Hall sits in the Intelligent Control and Robotics Lab surrounded by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, spare wires, and computers.

Situated on the fourth floor of the new engineering building, the robotics lab opens up to an expanse of glass that encloses the exterior hallway. From inside, you can look out over the northern edge of the Kingston Campus to the woodlands beyond. Hawks soar above the distant treetops, in effortless flight, while research teams inside devise robotic systems capable of agile, aerial movement.

“Working in robotics is like the Wild West in terms of the opportunities it presents.”
–Robin Hall ’20

This year, Hall has an independent research grant to develop a wall-traversing drone. “My idea employs a four-propeller UAV surrounded by an external cage that can rotate independently from the internal body of the robot. The cage will protect the vehicle and maintain stability.” Working with existing drone and cage designs, Hall’s innovation is to fix two axes and add a motor to the third axis to control the movement. “The quadcopter will behave like a wheel, rolling laterally against a wall surface.”

He’ll work with Paolo Stegagno, assistant professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering, as his grant adviser. “As he designs and tests his UAV, Robin will gain advanced knowledge of control systems,” says Stegagno.

More research involvement–such as Hall’s–at the undergraduate level is important to the college; it means higher-quality senior projects, better internships, and more opportunities for students at all levels to learn from one another. Senior capstone projects are team-oriented and industry-driven, focusing on real-world challenges companies bring in for senior-year students to work on over the course of the academic year.

Making the capstone projects highly visible is meant not only to benefit students, but to attract industry. The projects are already an important point of entry for industry partners, having reliably translated to employment for graduates as well as research and economic partnerships with the University.

College of Engineering alumnus W. Lewis Collier, M.S. ‘86, Ph.D. ‘14, rapid engineering and prototype systems engineering manager for the MIL Corporation, and former technical director at Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation, supervised URI engineering students doing capstone projects at SRI International. He says URI’s capstone program “offers a valuable opportunity for students to apply and hone their engineering skills and learn about real-world problems and how engineers operate in the field.” Adds Collier, the program “is also important to the University’s mission to provide educated workers for Rhode Island businesses.”

A New Space for a New Era of Research

Great design is achieved through a balance of opposites. This 190,000-square-foot, five-story engineering building is a tour de force of design.

During the day, light streams throughout the enormous expanses of open space, constantly shifting in color, shadow, and intensity as it passes through surfaces of varying opacity. This effect is balanced by the density and stability of the building’s metal truss support system–which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted, open interiors–and sleek concrete floors.

“The glass of the building is both a metaphor and a physical manifestation of transparency and collaboration.”
—Dean Raymond M. Wright

The trusses, which span more than 150 feet of open space inside and are visible from the exterior of the building, are like those used for bridges, giving the building a bridge-like appearance, which emphasizes its physical siting between the older, humanities-focused buildings in the center of the Kingston Campus and the newer, science and technology-focused buildings on the north edge of campus.

In the new building, capstones will be a significant and highly visible part of the activity. More importantly, points out Wright, students from different research themes will be working in the same space. “You’ll have civil engineering and mechanical and biomedical capstone projects happening side by side.” In the building’s design, the Ballinger team combined the majority of the teaching environments on the first floors, so that students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of the building.

“The quad level is a remarkable place,” says Wright. “We want our students to recognize that it’s their home. There are no faculty offices or research offices on that floor. It’s all about showcasing the hands-on aspects of engineering and building a creative atmosphere for students.”

Great architecture must also balance the experience of the individual with a collective purpose. Fascitelli credits Wright’s vision of bringing the college’s departments together as the driving force behind the building design. “Science as a whole has become so much more interactive, and the world is changing at such a rapid pace,” says Fascitelli. “You really need that cooperation between disciplines.”

Says Wright, “The glass of the building is both a metaphor and a physical manifestation of transparency and collaboration.”

“There’s nothing like this building in our portfolio. It’s unique to URI and I’m really proud of that,” says Steelman, adding that the center is “one of the most provocative and technologically advanced engineering buildings in the country.”

Hall is inspired by the new engineering space. “Being able to work in this space is an amazing upgrade,” he says. “It’s like a temple. It feels like you have the opportunity to do anything here.”

Taxation Building Expands Customer Base for Trenton Businesses

News source published an article about the economic impact of new office buildings currently in construction in Trenton. The Taxation Building, designed and engineered by Ballinger, will bring state office workers closer to Trenton’s downtown commercial corridor.

The high-rise building, scheduled for completion in 2021, is sheathed in a reflective glass curtainwall to juxtapose and reflect the adjoining concrete and metal Labor Building. The north and south facades are folded to respond to site views to and from the building and the south side opens to a common landscaped plaza.

Link to article

Ballinger to Lead Tour of Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger and IMC Construction will conduct a guided tour of Penn Medicine Radnor, organized by AIA Philadelphia’s
Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) committee.

Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger’s Eric Swanson, Christina Grimes and Jason Cole will walk attendees through the new 250,000 SF outpatient facility, scheduled to open later this year. The design prioritizes wellness and sustainability: the building and its attached 1000-car garage wrap around a courtyard garden, bringing natural light and calming views to patients, families, and staff inside.


The tour will be held today, Friday, February 21, from 4-5pm.


Penn Medicine Radnor

Celebrating Engineers Week

February 16-22 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. As one of the first firms in the country to merge the disciplines of architecture and engineering into a professional practice, we take pride in creating inspiring environments for engineering learning and discovery.

In honor of Engineers Week, we’re profiling the recently completed A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Conceived to foster broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic hub for innovation, it brings together students from various engineering and technology disciplines with a common interest in enhancing lives through medical advancement. A Student Innovation Lab serves as the building’s “working commons,” a highly-flexible team-based makerspace for both small and large projects.

An adjacent forum with operable walls hosts classes and serves as a campus-wide events venue.


Exposed systems throughout the building provide didactic opportunities for the School of Engineering. These functional systems are compositionally orchestrated to be central to the architectural experience.


“Clark Hall embodies the future of multidisciplinary engineering with human impact,” Darryll J. Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the next University of Maryland president, said at Clark Hall’s ribbon-cutting. “These state-of-the-art facilities will create the next generation of engineers who will advance human health worldwide, transforming millions of lives.”


Philadelphia Business Journal Highlights Chester County Hospital Expansion

Senior Reporter John George at the Philadelphia Business Journal recently profiled Chester County Hospital‘s largest expansion in the medical center’s 125-year history, designed by Ballinger and currently in construction.

Excerpted from the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Penn Medicine’s Chester County Hospital is getting ready to debut the first phase of the largest expansion project in the West Chester medical center’s 125-year history.

15065_00_N7_highPatient care at the $300 million, five-story patient tower — which will have 99 private rooms — will begin Jan. 27.

“We’ve been growing rapidly over the past five years and we couldn’t sustain that growth,” said Michael Duncan, the hospital’s president. “We have one wing that is 60 years old. We need more space and bigger operating rooms.”

Admissions at the hospital climbed from 14,890 in 2014 to 16,790 last year. During that same time, emergency department visits increased from 43,240 to 45,161.

With the new addition, Chester County Hospital will grow from 240 licensed beds to 301 licensed beds with all private rooms. The patient tower is expected to add about 50 new jobs at the hospital, which now has 2,482 employees.

The expansion will make the hospital the largest in Chester County, passing Paoli Hospital, which underwent a major expansion in 2009.

Features of the 250,000 square-foot expansion project include:

  • 15 operating room suites, including three high-tech labs for cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology procedures and one hybrid operating room
  • New areas for non-invasive cardiology and pre-procedure testing
  • A rooftop helipad
  • An outpatient pharmacy offering

The project — which boasts an abundance of natural lighting, a courtyard and a green roof — is also creating space for a bistro (serving Starbucks coffee) and enhanced space for the Women’s Auxiliary gift shop in the new Knauer Family Lobby.

A 26,000-square-foot emergency department expansion is scheduled to be completed in the spring.15065_00_N8_high

Chester County Hospital contracted with Philadelphia firm Ballinger for architecture services and hired L.F. Driscoll of Bala Cynwyd as the builder.

Duncan said the hospital’s decision to join the University of Pennsylvania Health System was done in large part to gain better access to the capital markets to fund the project. He said the two organizations also shared similar visions for the hospital’s future growth.

“Penn Medicine was all in with its commitment to Chester County,” said Duncan, noting Chester County Hospital spoke with 17 potential partners before deciding to go with Penn.

Duncan said often when a community hospital aligns with a large health system, the goal is to use the smaller hospitals to gain referrals.

“Penn Medicine’s model is the opposite,” he said. “They are an exporter, bringing their advanced services closer to patients.”

Duncan said the TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), robotic bypass and bariatric surgery programs that will be part of the new building are examples of that.

Larry Bell, senior project manager for the expansion, said the new patient tower will feature the latest in technology, including 75-inch monitors that will replace whiteboards in patient rooms. He also noted monitors can be found throughout the operating and procedure rooms.

“It will make it easy for a doctor who is consulting with another doctor,” Bell said. “The doctor can be down the hall or up at Penn and they can see what is happening.”

Duncan said some of the technology at West Chester Hospital is being beta-tested in West Chester for use in the $1.5 billion pavilion Penn is building in West Philadelphia.

The last major expansion at the Chester County Hospital occurred in 2014 with the opening of the 93,000-square foot Lasko Tower. That project added 72 rooms for heart patients along with a mother and baby pavilion and an orthopedic/surgical recovery unit.



Employees Encouraged to B:Well
"B:Well Day" at Ballinger HQ

B:Well Day at Ballinger HQ

Ballinger recently launched B:Well, an initiative dedicated to employee health and wellness. B:Well provides an opportunity for staff members to have fun while supporting each other in making healthy choices. As part of the launch, Ballinger hosted B:Well Day, an internal event with health partner representatives providing nutritional, health and wellness education, as well as giveaways and raffles. Employees will be invited to participate in “The Walker Challenge” in which participants receive a Fitbit fitness tracker to monitor progress and compete against colleagues. The event created awareness about the health and wellness services beyond standard medical visits available to employees, as well as best practices to increase exercise, eat healthy and manage health conditions. B:Well will continue to provide knowledge, support, resources, and incentives for employees to prioritize wellness at work, home, and everywhere  between.

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Ballinger Celebrates Giving Tuesday

Since 2012, Ballinger has been a Corporate Champion of the Community Design Collaborative, a local organization that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities.

“We feel a community responsibility to Philadelphia,” says Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP. In addition to financial support of the Collaborative, Terry has been a strong advocate for the organization, in part for the opportunities it affords volunteers to try out new roles and hone their leadership skills. “In practice, when designers are driven by deadlines and budgets, it’s quite easy to get lost in the daily process. Working with the Community Design Collaborative gives people an opportunity to take leadership roles and grow – and both the Collaborative and community benefit.”

Over 30 Ballinger staff members have volunteered with the Collaborative, on projects ranging from reinvigorating dark intersections beneath a rail viaduct, to expanding a jazz venue, to re-imagining a 1960’s Airstream trailer for community health outreach. Each project was funded by a Community Design Collaborative grant and engaged community stakeholders in the conceptual design process.

This Giving Tuesday Ballinger is proud to continue our support of the Community Design Collaborative and the many organizations that benefit from its work.

Bryn Mawr Project Honored for Construction Excellence

Bryn Mawr Hospital’s new patient pavilion was presented with the General Builder Contractors Association (GBCA) Construction Excellence Award in the healthcare category last evening at the 22nd annual Construction Excellence Awards (CEA).

Ballinger provided MEP engineering services for the project, which was created in response to the Mainline Health System’s need for a market-competitive, contemporary healthcare facility committed to serving its community. Delivering on this need, the facility includes improvements such as private rooms, two medical/surgical telemetry units, an intensive care unit, a high-tech surgical suite, and maternity, labor and delivery, and NICU units. LEED Silver certification, a green roof, an advanced emergency power system, and techniques to reduce long-term ownership costs showcase this project as both resilient and sustainable. Ballinger’s innovative contributions include a reimagined HVAC system that not only satisfies expectations and important healthcare guidelines, but does so while prioritizing sustainability.

Winners were honored at an awards ceremony in Center City Philadelphia on November 21.

Good Food for a Good Cause

Members of B::Engaged, Ballinger’s employee community outreach group, volunteered time last evening to guest-chef at the Chestnut Street Ronald McDonald House in Center City Philadelphia. The organization is dedicated to supporting the families of children experiencing illness by fostering communities of comfort and hope.

At the event, our employee volunteers worked hands-on preparing dinner for families of the Ronald McDonald house by making tacos, hoping to bring joy and a sense of community to the evenings of these families.

Link to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House resource page

Ballinger 4 Billion Boom

Three new Ballinger projects, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital’s expansion, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s King of Prussia hospital, and Grand View Health’s new patient care building, were highlighted by the Philadelphia Business Journal in an article posted on November 1.

The article, titled “$4 Billion Boom,” describes the Philadelphia region’s current explosion in hospital construction and explains how a crop of new healthcare projects will create thousands of jobs in construction and healthcare. The work represents a shift to more outpatient settings and shortened inpatient stays, as well as the role of the consumer in selecting healthcare providers and facilities.

Link to article in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Ballinger Recognized as a 2019 EPiC Firm

Ballinger was officially recognized as a 2019 EPiC (Emerging Professionals in the Community) Firm at the AIA Pennsylvania Chapter awards broadcast last evening. The award honors Pennsylvania firms that support EPiC’s mission to promote the professional development of emerging professionals through leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. Emerging professionals include architecture students, Associate AIA members, and architects licensed for 10 years or less.

EPiC firms commit to not only develop future leaders in architecture and design but offer them opportunity to grow as leaders, innovate their approaches, advocate for themselves and their profession, and expand their professional networks.

Link to the AIA PA EPiC About Page

Adelphi Nexus Building Wins 2019 Honor Award

Ballinger’s design for the Adelphi University Nexus Building was awarded the 2019 AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award. Winners were selected based on significant contributions toward a better and more sustainable built environment in the categories of architecture, historic preservation, interior architecture, regional and urban design, and impact design.

The Nexus Building serves at the University’s welcome center and houses training and teaching spaces for the School of Nursing as well as innovative learning environments. As the Adelphi campus is an arboretum, landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers, and combined with other sustainable features, contributed to LEED Silver certification.

The award ceremony was broadcast live at a variety of viewing parties in the Philadelphia region.

Ballinger Announces Promotions

Ballinger is pleased to announce firm-wide promotions. These individuals have distinguished themselves for their leadership, diligence, and creativity in all they do. We thank them for all their contributions and continued dedication to elevating the practice.

To Associate Principal:
William M. Andes, AIA
James Piscopo, PE, LEED AP
M. Sean Pulsifer, AIA, LEED AP
Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP

To Senior Associate:
James Bowman, AIA, LEED AP
Shawn Billiard, RA
Nicole DeMuro, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Peter Elsbeck, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Jeffrey Harper, AIA, LEED AP
Brad Hubbard, AIA, LEED AP
Christine Larsen
Edward A. Strockbine, Jr., RA, LEED AP

To Associate:
Erin Brobson
Jonathan Channell, PE
Kamille Ditcher, RA
Michael Francois, PE
Travis Elwood
Timothy Hagenbach, PE
Alexa Hansford, AIA
Bonnie Netel, RA
Jason Wiley, PE

Erin Nunes Cooper Inducted into American College of Healthcare Architects

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP was recently accepted as a 2019 Board Certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).

The ACHA is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of environments for healing by offering certification in the specialized field of healthcare architecture. The College’s rigorous certification process includes healthcare project experience, completion of an approved educational program, and an exam assessing knowledge and skills requisite to high-quality performance in the practice of healthcare architecture.

Erin has served as project manager for many significant healthcare projects at Ballinger, and has guided client teams at NewYork-Presbyterian, NYU Langone Health, The Brooklyn Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This year she was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HCD 10, which recognizes contributors to the healthcare design community who have made significant achievements and innovations in the field.

Erin and fellow Ballinger ACHA inductee Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC will be recognized at the College’s Annual Luncheon during the Healthcare Design Conference on November 3 in New Orleans.

Christina Grimes Inducted into American College of Healthcare Architects

Ballinger’s Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED BD+ C, EDAC, ACHA,was recently accepted as a 2019 Board Certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).

The ACHA is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of environments for healing by offering certification in the specialized field of healthcare architecture. The College’s rigorous certification process includes healthcare project experience, portfolio, completion of an approved educational program, and an exam assessing knowledge and skills requisite to high-quality performance in the practice of healthcare architecture.

Christina Grimes has led the healthcare planning of projects for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Medicine, Cooper University Health Care, and Tower Health in addition to work with other organizations.  In 2017 she was also named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HDC 10, which recognizes contributors to the healthcare design community who have made significant achievements and innovations in the field.

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis Meilink Elevated to Fellow

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr. was recently elevated to Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). This distinction is given to ACHA members who have demonstrated an impact in healthcare facility architecture as well as significant leadership in advancing innovation within their practice and beyond.

For over 30 years Lou has led the design of significant healthcare buildings, each informed by the values of his design philosophy: building for wellness, including family as members of the care team, humanizing the hospital, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, providing space to support caregivers, and improving safety and satisfaction. Beyond his day-to-day project and firm responsibilities, he is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with healthcare professionals across the globe to increase the evidence base and foster healing through design.

In addition to this distinction, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a member of the ACHA, Lou was also named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) this year. Lou, as well as Ballinger ACHA inductees Erin Nunes Cooper AIA, ACHA, LEED AP and Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC, will be honored at the College’s Annual Luncheon during the Healthcare Design Conference on November 3 in New Orleans.

Link to the ACHA’s announcement of the 2019 class of fellows:

Ballinger Leads SCUP Mid-Atlantic tour

Ballinger Senior Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, joined by fellow leaders in college and university planning, lead a tour of Swarthmore College’s newest addition, Maxine Frank Singer ‘52 Hall. The event was part of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Mid-Atlantic Symposium held October 16.

Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore’s Jan Semler, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, described the College’s intent to create a collaborative environment that combines the departments of biology, engineering, and psychology and how Ballinger translated that intent into a design. Ballinger provided planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF building, which will house expanded, modern space for science research and teaching, including classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons areas.

Ballinger Leads Architecture Students on Tour of Clark Hall

Ballinger Senior Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA and senior associate Nicholas Hollot, AIA, LEED AP gave a lecture and tour recently to students of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. They presented an overview of A. James Clark Hall, the new bio engineering building on the University of Maryland College Park campus, and led a tour through the building.

Clark Hall ExteriorBallinger designed the 184,000 SF state-of-the-art facility and provided architecture and engineering services. It opened in the fall of 2017 and is home to the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and Leidos Innovation Lab.

The tour was an opportunity for architecture students to see a physical result of the craft that they are studying, and to receive insight first hand from college planning professionals on their own college campus.

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper Profiled by Healthcare Design Magazine

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP was recently named to Healthcare Design’s HCD 10, recognizing contributors to the healthcare design community who have made significant achievements and innovations in the field.

Healthcare Design published in their magazine a full spread on each of this year’s winners. Erin’s profile includes key insights to her industry presence both professionally and personally and includes interesting discussion of her mission statements, biography, year in review, future plans, and more.

HCD 10 award winners across ten categories were recognized at a dinner on September 5, part of the HCD Forum in Asheville, NC, and at the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans.

Link to Erin’s profile in Healthcare Design Magazine

Ballinger Recognized on List of Top 100 Green Design Firms

Ballinger was recently ranked #44 on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 100 Green Building Design Firms for 2019. Companies were ranked according to 2018 revenue from projects registered or certified by third-party green building organizations such as the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). ENR reports on top architectural and engineering design firms and construction companies, as well as projects in the United States and around the world.

At Ballinger we have always felt a professional obligation to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design initiatives into our design philosophy. In a world of increasingly valuable and constrained resources, Ballinger’s design process considers initial construction costs, flexibility for future changes, as well as energy and other annual operating costs. Our firm seeks to integrate the latest proven technology with exceptional design.

Link to ENR’s List of Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms of 2019

University of Rhode Island Features Ballinger Project

The Ballinger-planned, designed, and engineered Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering officially opened its doors in October 2019. It’s one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the country, featuring flexible spaces for interdisciplinary collaboration, and equipment essential to forward-looking research.

Excerpted from the University of Rhode Island’s Features:

Light streams through the walls of glass and into the enormous expanses of open space in the new 190,000-square-foot, six-story Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, which officially opened on Monday, Oct. 7.

All of that open, light-filled space is the centerpiece of the building’s design, which University leaders saw as a way to enhance collaboration among faculty and students across all engineering disciplines.

The celebration marked a momentous day in URI history and a way to thank Rhode Islanders for their support of bond issues totaling $150 million to construct the Fascitelli Center and to expand and renovate Bliss Hall, the historic home of engineering at the University.

Michael D. Fascitelli, a 1978 graduate of the College of Engineering and a 2008 honorary degree recipient, and Elizabeth C. Fascitelli, made a $10 million gift in July to benefit the engineering college. Fascitelli credits Dean Raymond Wright’s vision of bringing the College’s departments together as the driving force behind the building design. “Science as a whole has become so much more interactive and the world is changing at such a rapid pace,” said Fascitelli. “You really need that cooperation between disciplines.”

The Fascitelli Center and the improved and expanded Bliss Hall, which first opened in 1928, will strengthen the College of Engineering’s leadership in the areas of clean energy, nanotechnology to robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, smart cities, and sensors and instrumentation.

“With the opening of The Fascitelli Center and Bliss Hall, students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate more easily across disciplines,” Dean Wright said. “This building is designed not just to advocate for, but to stimulate interdisciplinary connections and discovery.”

Commerce Secretary on Fascitelli Center: “We Will Power the Economy”

The Providence Journal covered the ribbon cutting ceremony for Ballinger’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. During the event, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor described the importance of engineering in the state, “Rhode Island is a place that engineers and builds things. We have throughout our history, but it’s part of our future as well. It’s a central part of our future. We are thrilled that there’s an engineering school that is of such an outstanding standard. Through this school we will create pipelines of talent that will serve our corporations. We will create great opportunities for our emerging young professional engineers, and we will power the economy.”

Link to article

Ballinger Announces Expanded Firm Leadership

In the spirit of continued firm growth and evolution, Ballinger is proud to expand our leadership. We are delighted to announce seven new Principals and shareholders of the firm.

Since joining Ballinger in 1999, Steve has served in a variety of firm leadership roles including Architectural Studio Leader and Senior Project Designer. He has worked in diverse market sectors and collaboratively led the design of some of the firm’s most prestigious commissions. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country and will continue to advance the firm’s design portfolio in higher education.

Erin joined Ballinger in 2011 and has served as Director of Project Management as well as Senior Project Manager for many of the firm’s most significant healthcare projects.  Erin has been a spokesperson for Ballinger and the healthcare industry in print and on-air forums, and a mentor for women in design. This year she was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HCD 10. In her role as Principal, Erin will continue to cultivate the firm’s healthcare practice.

Angie joined Ballinger in 2000 and emerged as a leader within the firm, first as the Structural Group Manager and now as Chief Structural Engineer.  Her focus on technical expertise, interdisciplinary coordination, and quality control has been key to the successful completion of many complex building and renovation projects. In addition to her engineering leadership, Angie will be expanding her role in client engagement across market sectors.

Tom joined Ballinger in 1997 and has served in leadership roles including Architectural Studio Manager and Senior Project Manager. He has guided diverse healthcare clients through complex renovation and expansion initiatives, orchestrating project teams and facilitating creative design solutions. Tom will continue to manage important client relationships while furthering the expansion and evolution of Ballinger’s healthcare portfolio.

Since joining Ballinger in 1996, Dennis has become a leader in sustainable systems design, applying his expertise to the corporate, academic and healthcare sectors.  Having served as Director of Engineering, he has cultivated the skills of junior engineers, promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration, and been a champion of flexible, efficient engineering solutions. As Principal, Dennis will be expanding the firm’s engineering portfolio across market sectors.

David joined Ballinger in 2019 as Principal after 20 years with KieranTimberlake, where he led many award-winning projects at colleges and universities across the country. He has been published widely, is a frequent lecturer, and has been a juror for multiple award programs. David will concentrate his efforts in the firm’s higher education sector with particular emphasis on client relationship and design management.

Rob joined Ballinger in 1996 and as Associate Principal and Studio Leader has provided leadership through innovation in design and project delivery for some of the firm’s most prestigious academic commissions. His approach to design balances aesthetics and functionality with local context to create enduring solutions. Recognized by clients as a collaborative and engaging leader, Rob will be continuing to advance and expand the firm’s higher education practice.

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Grand View Health Announces Expansion Plans

Grand View Health recently announced plans for a new 170,000 SF hospital expansion, one of several components of a 5-year, $210,000,000 investment in providing improved access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.

Planned, designed and engineered by Ballinger, the 5-floor hospital expansion will be constructed adjacent to Grand View’s existing hospital in Sellersville, PA. The design prioritizes wellness for patients, family and staff while integrating state-of-the-art technology and enhanced community connections. The design features a new main entrance and light-filled public space, aimed at improving the patient experience while maintaining the culture and values Grand View Health has upheld since its founding in 1913. The expansion will include an integrated procedural platform with operating and interventional rooms, as well as private inpatient rooms, which will enable Grand View Health to offer all private rooms campus-wide.

Currently in schematic design, the project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Groundbreaking Celebrated on New Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) held a groundbreaking celebration today for a new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, PA. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF facility, which will significantly expand the services and offerings of CHOP’s current King of Prussia campus. During her remarks, CHOP President and CEO, Madeline Bell, described how the new location will provide convenient access to the highest quality hospital services available.

This new 6-story, 52-room inpatient facility will be the first standalone hospital in the CHOP network not located on the main Philadelphia campus. The facility was specifically designed to offer modern innovation while creating a family-friendly environment. Design features such as open and bright waiting areas, playrooms, ample parking, sun-filled spaces, child life services, and a concierge-like welcome experience bring this intent to life.

Link to groundbreaking photos

Ballinger to present on Healthcare Planning and Design’s “Big Five”

Healthcare buildings of today must be flexible in order to remain relevant tomorrow. How can we design buildings that remain malleable in the face of uncertainty? Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, FAIA, ACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP will address these concerns at the New York Health Design Insights Networking Event on September 26. The talk, “The Big Five: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future,” will focus on the impact of floor to floor heights, column spacing, fixed vertical elements, targeted zones of flexibility, and resiliency on a healthcare facility’s future adaptability.

Link to Presentation

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper named to Healthcare Design’s HCD 10

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP was named to Healthcare Design’s prestigious HCD 10. The HCD 10 is a professional awards program that honors members of the healthcare design community who have demonstrated significant recent accomplishments and contributions to the field.

Erin is a Principal and Director of Project Management at Ballinger. She continues to advance Ballinger’s academic medical center portfolio and regularly presents within the office and at healthcare conferences nationwide.

In her project work, Erin is passionate about improving the quality of the built environment and the patient, family, and care team experience. She developed a formal process, in collaboration with the team, for guiding project stakeholders through decision-making using role-playing workshops with 3D printed model pieces. The process continues be a key part of Ballinger’s process for engaging users during design.

Erin’s understanding of the complexity of healthcare projects balances forward thinking design concepts with the realities of clinical requirements and regulatory approvals. She is both strategic and tactical in her leadership and synthesizes complex information to help clients come to informed decisions.

HCD 10 award winners across ten categories will be recognized at a dinner on September 5, part of the HCD Forum in Asheville, NC, and at the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans.

Link to Healthcare Design announcement

Ballinger engineers recognized by ASHRAE

Ballinger engineers were recognized for their commitment to ASHRAE’s mission at the ASHRAE Region III Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Ballinger senior associate and 2018-2019 ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter President, Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, received the Presidential Award of Excellence. It is awarded for significant improvement in membership, attendance, research promotion, education, chapter programs and technology. Ballinger mechanical engineer Anthony Scaccia, PE won the “Majority Whip” Award for his work as the Grassroots Government Affairs Chair. As Chair, Anthony established and maintained relationships with state, local, and municipal officials with responsibilities related to energy policy.

The Philadelphia Chapter, led by Chapter President Michael Radio and Sustainability Committee Chair Anthony Scaccia, received the Region III Sustainability Award.  This award is given to the chapter most effective during the 2018-2019 period in supporting ASHRAE’s mission to promote a sustainable world.

With more than 57,000 members from over 130 countries, ASHRAE is the leading industry organization representing building system design. Region III includes Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Lehigh Valley, Roanoke and Anthracite chapters. The Chapters’ Regional Conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia August 15-17.

Stemmler Hall named Groundbreaker Award finalist

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stemmler Hall was named a Green Building United 2019 Groundbreaker Award project finalist. The Groundbreaker Awards recognize and celebrate green building leadership, innovation, and impact in the Philadelphia area.

Ballinger worked with Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine to transform the 230,000 SF Stemmler Hall, a 1970s era biomedical research and teaching facility in the heart of the campus. Ballinger designed  infrastructure to maximize energy performance and floorplans that enable program and research flexibility. The outcome is an open, flexible 21st century magnet facility.

Winners will be announced at the Groundbreaker Awards Ceremony on September 25th at the Comcast Technology Center. Green Building United promotes the development of buildings that are sustainable, healthy for inhabitants, resilient, and cost effective. Through education, advocacy, and strategic initiatives, Green Building United’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

Reading Hospital named among the most beautiful in the US

Reading Hospital was recently named one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication covering hospital and health system news. Reading Hospital has served the Berks County, PA community since 1867 and Ballinger has been instrumental in the design and growth of its 46 acre campus.

Ballinger’s design of the recently opened 500,000 SF Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care enhanced campus connectivity, increased green space, and improved staff and patient flows. Over 70% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof, achieved by employing a 30-foot grade change on the building site. The roof garden is accessible to the public with links to local running paths, bringing community members to the site. Hospital staff are encouraged to take breaks in the shade of the garden, and patients are frequently seen outside experiencing nature just steps away from their rooms.

Link to Becker’s Hospital Review list of 20 most beautiful hospitals


CHOP Roberts Center awarded LEED Gold
The Roberts Center for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Sustainable features include stormwater management throughout the site, energy-efficient lighting, chilled beams, regenerative drive elevators, and an Indigo bike-share station. A landscaped public plaza provides a place for respite for CHOP employees as well as community members.
Q&A: Building on a Tradition of Model-Building, Ballinger Launches B:Fab

Ballinger: Fabrication (B:Fab) is a new Ballinger group formed to document and share modeling techniques while elevating the firm’s technical capabilities.

Ballinger summer intern and Syracuse architecture student, Lia Margolis (LM), caught up with Ballinger architect and B:Fab member Raymond Sova (RS) to discuss the group’s formation.

LM: I understand that B:Fab was launched by a few passionate designers and architects and serves as Ballinger’s internal digital fabrication group. Architecture is an art form that relies on drawings and models to communicate meaning. Where does Ballinger fit in to that tradition?

RS: Ballinger prioritizes model-building as a core piece of the design process, and has since before 3D printers, laser-cutters and all of the technology that we now have immediate access to. The office has standards and preferences for building models with a high level of craft and precision. Over the past few decades as we’ve moved into more laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC routing, and other fabrication technology, we’ve learned that more attention and specialized knowledge is required to use and operate the tools effectively.

LM: What led you to form B:Fab?

RS: I share Ballinger’s philosophy that model building is an integral part of the design process. When I was considering working at Ballinger that was something I was drawn to, and I’ve had a lot of experience in model building since I’ve been here. I have been involved in a few interesting models and dabbled in all kinds of fabrication technology. I saw an opportunity to help standardize and share information in a way that is easily accessible to my colleagues and to articulate the level of quality we expect from our models. The B:Fab team is testing and documenting how to achieve the best results from a variety of materials and technologies.

LM: When did B:Fab get started?

RS: The official group is still pretty new but it’s always been here in spirit. We came up with the idea after encountering some challenges while creating a large scale 3D model for a new project. The model turned out great but logistically there were a lot of headaches in getting things assembled property. We conducted a debrief and decided to take a closer look at how to best ensure these kinds of issues don’t reoccur. That led us to form a team of dedicated people who can act as in-house fabrication consultants. The goal is to avoid mistakes we’ve made in the past and ultimately achieve a better result in less time. It’s also an opportunity to experiment and test new ideas and technology.

LM: So you identified a group of skilled people within the firm and centralized resources.

RS: Yes, however the most skilled people in the firm are often the least available because they’re in high demand. What’s nice about these newer technologies is that students know them right out of school. The B:Fab group is generally on the younger side, and we’re readily available as a resources to others.


LM: The marketing team is fascinated by the UW-Madison Chemistry façade model. The model is particularly intriguing because the creation process involved both technology and hand-crafting skills. Can you explain how you made it?

RS: That one was a lot of fun! It was an ambitious scale and it definitely played into why I wanted to formalize B:Fab. I built the wood ‘skeleton’ by hand and built structure to support the additional weight and complexity. It’s about 12” by 48” by 44” tall, and weighs about 60 lbs. It required a ton of 3D printing; we used the powder 3D printer and made pretty convincing terra cotta panels with custom extrusion profiles. We utilized the plastic 3D printer for all window mullions and frames. It has a much higher level of detail than a typical model – it was more about actual building components and details rather than traditional massing studies.

LM: Right, it’s way beyond a simple massing concept.

RS: A fun fact about that model is that we’ve also been able to use it for not only presentation purposes, but also for coordination with other architects and engineers. We took detailed photos of the model to convey the design intent to the local architecture firm we’re teaming with. Beyond communicating the design to our client, the model has been valuable in communicating with our team.

LM: Do you think scale models are helpful in the design process? Do you prioritize those?

RS: We use a variety of different scale models and mock-ups at different points throughout the design process. For example, when designing healthcare and lab environments we 3D print furniture and equipment, and bring them with us to user workshops to help clients gain a better understanding of early planning choices. We’ll go to a workshop with a kit of parts and allow users to explore the most efficient use of spaces. Models can be as large as full scale or high fidelity mock-ups. For our healthcare clients we’ll sometimes make mock-ups of headwalls and other elements within a patient room. With a one-to-one scale user groups can interact with the space and experience how it will be arranged. I see potential for models of all sizes/scales to be used for communicating with clients and team members, engaging users, and achieving the best design possible.


Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building at Berea College Awarded LEED Gold

Natual & Health Sciences Building The recently completed Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building (MAC) at Berea College was awarded LEED Gold certification and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification. Ballinger served as architect and engineer for the highly-visible 125,000 SF new building, designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of science and health.

Energy consumption in a laboratory is driven by outdoor air requirements, the heating and cooling to condition this air, and high internal heat gains from laboratory equipment. Ballinger designed sustainable systems within MAC to mitigate the energy impact of these drivers. Enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels deliver neutral temperature ventilation air. The design decouples ventilation requirements from heating and cooling demands. Active chilled beams provide sensible cooling throughout the building.

The project also received the Forest Stewardship Council’s Full Project Certification. This certification requires a full audit of all wood products used in construction and verification that they were sourced with ecological responsibility. Low-tech horse-logging techniques were used to sustainably harvest timber from ash trees at risk by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Once the timber was milled, Berea College Woodcraft students designed and constructed the native-ash panels that now sheathe the building’s atrium. Berea is now home to five of eight FSC certified projects in the US and one of only 85 worldwide.

Ballinger Senior Principal Serves as Jury for Excellence Awards

scupThe Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence Awards showcase strategic, integrated planning processes resulting in exemplary projects that contribute to institutional success. Ballinger Senior Principal Craig Spangler, AIA served as 2019 Jury Chair for the annual competition, now in its 19th year. This year’s submissions represented 135 institutions, all demonstrating how strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary building, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire.

The jury also included Niraj Dangoria, Associate Dean for Facilities Planning and Management at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Arthur Frazier, AIA, Director of Facilities Management and Services at Spelman College, Laura Tenny, ASLA, LEED-AP, Senior Campus Planner in the Office of Campus Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Karen Wolfert, AIA, Senior Architect and Campus Planner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The jury presented entry trends and themes in a session at the SCUP 2019 Annual Conference in Seattle, and celebrated the 29 award winners.

Evans Building receives lighting award from Philadelphia Illuminating Engineering Society

The Evans Building at the University of Pennsylvania received a Certificate of Merit at the 2019 Philament Awards hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Philadelphia. Ballinger collaborated with lighting consultant The Lighting Practice on the historic renovation project for Penn Dental Medicine.

The building was constructed in 1915 with funds provided by the school’s benefactor, Thomas W. Evans, dentist to the royalty of Europe, and has been home to the dental school for over a century. Ballinger’s recent renovation preserved the building’s architectural language while converting teaching and clinical practice spaces to 21st century functionality. The clinical spaces feature cool white light to emphasize cleaner, whiter teeth, while round decorative fixtures provide visual relief in the offices, lounges, and reception spaces. Linear fixtures highlight vibrant accent walls in student spaces, including classrooms, teaching laboratories, and lounges. Daylight in offices, student lounges and public-facing spaces create a warm and inviting environment.

The mission of the IES, founded in 1906, is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. The IES publishes reference documents on the lighting profession and works cooperatively with related organizations on the development of programs and standards.

Ballinger engineer brings fresh ideas to professional industry group

Ballinger senior associate Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP served as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter for the 2018-2019 term. As president, he increased meeting attendance by 75% by introducing new programming, and varying monthly meeting times and locations. Citing ASHRAE members’ focus on work-life balance, he introduced lunchtime instead of dinnertime meetings. Meeting topics centered around big-picture technology innovations and data usage trends that are revolutionizing the field and he invited a variety of professionals to present, including Dr. Stephanie Taylor, a former physician scientist who consults on safety in healthcare environments, and Gary Fechter, General Manager at UGI Performance Solutions.

Reflecting on the end of his term as president, Mike described his family’s reaction when he told them he would pursue MEP engineering. “When I graduated from Drexel University and decided to enter the MEP consulting field, my mom looked outside at the air conditioning unit and said, ‘That’s what you’re going to be doing for a living?’  I laughed, and explained that the HVAC field is so much more than that. I’m proud that my work as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia chapter has advanced understanding of our field.”

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. Members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Several Ballinger staff members serve on the board of governors and ASHRAE Philadelphia committees.

Closing the information gap with the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

Ballinger’s David Hincher, AIA and HKS’s Julie Hiromoto, AIA led a group discussion at the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Open Forum at the national AIA Conference on Architecture. Participants engaged in small group discussions focused on aspects of the new AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit. As a member of the working group that developed the Toolkit, David shared insight about how this resource assists everyone to craft profoundly sustainable solutions. Launched in 2018, the Top Ten Toolkit is a collection of best practices, high-impact solutions, case studies, and resources that guides teams through the process of designing high-performance, equitable, beautiful buildings.

The Open Forum addressed the theme of this year’s Conference on Architecture, “Blueprint for a Better Future,” providing strategies and best practices for sustainable architecture.

Read more about the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

NewYork-Presbyterian’s imaging and surgical suite provides first-of-its-kind clinical care

Recently celebrating one year in operation, the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center is a world-class ambulatory care facility that combines cutting-edge technology with innovative clinical approaches to ensure a seamless patient experience from diagnosis to treatment.  The MRI/PET/Angiography Suite, which includes a first-of-its-kind procedure room integrating scanning and surgical procedures, is a prime example of the ideas and innovations that are central to the building’s design.

The suite combines key imaging technologies used for minimally-invasive procedures, including MRI/PET, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and rotational CT, with a fixed Angio C-arm in an operating room setting.  A flexible central table design provides access to all of these technologies in a single room. In addition, procedure verification occurs through real-time advanced imaging registration technology, streamlining treatment and reducing the need for multiple patient visits.

“We are proud to have collaborated with NewYork-Presbyterian to create this unique space,” says Ballinger Project Architect Shawn Billiard, RA.  “This co-location and arrangement of equipment allows clinicians to diagnose, plan, and precisely guide procedures all in one place, at one time.”

Ballinger, responsible for clinical planning and design within the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, utilized 3D-printed models of people, equipment and furniture to explore and rapidly assess possible room configurations in order to efficiently advance the suite’s design process with various NewYork-Presbyterian stakeholder groups. This highly-effective workshop style, used for clinical spaces throughout the hospital, helped clinicians quickly understand spatial and design issues and was critical to the room’s success.


The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was designed in a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Swarthmore’s Singer Hall Named in Honor of Scientist Alumna

Swarthmore College’s new biology, engineering and psychology building, currently under construction, will be named Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall, becoming one of the first science buildings named for a woman on an American college campus.

Swarthmore CollegeAfter graduating from Swarthmore in 1952, Maxine Frank Singer earned a PhD in biochemistry from Yale University and went on to make significant scientific breakthroughs, including helping to decipher the human genetic code. In addition to conducting research and serving as a science administrator, she helped formulate the National Institutes of Health’s guidelines about how research in genetic engineering should be carried out.

The naming in Singer’s honor was proposed by the family of Eugene Lang, who donated $50 million to the building project.

Ballinger led the planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF interdisciplinary hub, which will promote synergies between engineering and other academic disciplines. The building will include classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons.

Link to details: Swarthmore College Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall

Ballinger presents at COAA Spring Leadership Conference

Ballinger Associate Principal Steve Wittry, AIA will present at the Construction Owners Association of America’s Spring Owners Leadership Conference on May 8, alongside Terry Cook,  Senior Associate VP for Administrative Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), John Zahor, Director of Operations + Maintenance at UMBC, and Charles KonKolics, Project Executive and Vice President at Whiting-Turner.

The presentation, “Quality: You Can’t Afford NOT to Do This” will focus on quality assurance and quality control best practices from project inception to completion. The presentation draws on lessons from UMBC’s new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, scheduled to open this year.


Linode Headquarters to receive Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance

Philadelphia’s Preservation Alliance will recognize Ballinger’s recent renovation of the Corn Exchange National Bank Building at the Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on June 5th. Linode Headquarters was selected for a Grand Jury Award.  The Old City landmark, known for its neoclassical style and history as a former MTV Real World house, was built for the Union Bank of Philadelphia in 1902 and now serves as workspace for the growing cloud-hosting company Linode. The building is listed in Philadelphia’s registrar of historic places and considered significant within the National Old City Historic District.

The mission of the Preservation Alliance is to promote appreciation and appropriate use of the Philadelphia’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes. The annual Preservation Achievement Awards honor outstanding contributions to the preservation of the region’s architectural and cultural heritage. Linode’s founder and CEO, Chris Aker, and Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, will accept the award at a ceremony at Philadelphia’s Vie.

Katherine Ahrens named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40

Senior Associate Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” The award celebrates current and future leaders in various industries across the Greater Philadelphia area. As a senior workplace strategist and studio leader of Ballinger’s interiors group, Katherine brings a unique approach to understanding clients’ cultural and strategic needs. In addition to improving clients’ workspaces, she has actively championed rigor and data-sharing across the practice, and is cofounder of Ballinger’s Research and Strategy group.

An awards ceremony recognizing all 40 awardees will be held at Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino Event Center on May 30.

Louis Meilink Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr. was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture.

Since joining the firm in 1987, Lou’s design solutions have helped shape the future of healthcare. He led the design of significant buildings for NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical College, Tower Health System, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, NYU Langone Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, among others. Lou is an author, speaker and active member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

Lou was nominated by Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA who described Lou as “a talented architect with a unique ability to balance the programmatic, budget and schedule demands of the healthcare client while aspiring to create noteworthy buildings with innovative healing environments. Consequently, he has become a trusted advisor to some of the nation’s top academic medical center leaders.”

Ballinger colleague William R. Gustafson, FAIA served as Lou’s sponsor. “I have been working with Lou for his entire 31-year career at Ballinger, and have watched him balance firm leadership, project responsibilities, and knowledge-sharing, all with humility and grace,” Gustafson said.

The Fellowship program recognizes architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Fellows are selected by a seven-member jury of peers. Stringent requirements result in only three percent of the AIA’s more than 91,000 members being recognized as fellows, among them current Ballinger principals William R. Gustafson, FAIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA.

Fellows will be honored at a ceremony on June 7, 2019 at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.

Ballinger Celebrates Engineers Week

February 17-23 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. This year we’re profiling members of Ballinger’s engineering group to illustrate a variety of careers in the field.

PrintName: Liz Young
Role: Structural Engineer
Last software program used: Revit and RAM Structural Systems
Favorite part of being an engineer: Constant, creative problem solving
Hobby: Crossfit and teaching my daughter about engineering!

PrintName: Aidan Jamison
Role: Plumbing Design Engineer
Last software program used: Revit 2019
Favorite part of being an engineer: Solving real world puzzles
Hobby: Cooking, Rock Climbing and Rubik’s Cubes

PrintName: Phil Kerschner
Role: Fire Protection Engineer
Last software program used: Fire Dynamics Simulator
Favorite part of being an engineer: Solving Problems
Hobby: Golf

PrintName: Leonard Mecca
Role: Senior Plumbing Designer
Last software program used: MS Word
Favorite part of being an engineer: Creating solutions to design challenges
Hobby: Playing guitar

PrintName: Lan Tomasi
Role: Mechanical Design Engineer
Last software program used: Revit
Favorite part of being an engineer: The creative and collaborative process of designing unique systems for a variety of tasks
Hobby: Hiking, exploring and trying new foods

Robin MartinName: Robin Martin
Role: Design Engineer
Last software program used: AutoCAD
Favorite part of being an engineer: Watching the phases of construction from initial design to building occupancy
Hobby: Gardening

PrintName: Elzbieta Kluczynski
Role: Design Engineer
Last software program used: SKM Power Tools
Favorite part of being an engineer: Learning something new every single day from my amazing co-workers
Hobby: Reading monthly BNovel book

PrintName: Mike Radio
Role: Engineering Studio Leader
Last software used: Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)
Favorite part of being an engineer: Guiding clients towards solutions that fit their specific needs and opportunities to utilize new innovations
Hobby: Basketball, strength training, listening to classic rap

Bryn Mawr Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Patient Pavilion

Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, celebrated the opening of a new 256,400 SF eight-floor patient pavilion. Ballinger provided MEP and fire protection engineering services for the transformative modernization. The engineering team was tasked with prioritizing patient safety in the event of an emergency, while also reducing energy use.

The new power system for the campus has 100% emergency backup via onsite generators. This enables the hospital to operate in “island mode,” meaning hospital operations can continue without service interruption, even in the event that the hospital is isolated from the local electricity distribution network.

The pavilion is designed to meet LEED Silver requirements, as outlined by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The new operating room (OR) platform employs a Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) with active desiccant dehumidification and individual air handlers for each OR space.  This system allows each OR to be individually set to a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees and maintain humidity between 30% RH and 50% RH without using reheat energy. Individual temperature and humidity controls increase staff and patient comfort and contribute to reducing energy costs. Ballinger also designed an upgraded 5,200 ton chiller plant and a high-rise fire sprinkler system that includes pioneering technology to avoid requiring pressure-reducing valves throughout the system, saving long term ownership costs. Other sustainable features include LED lighting controls and green roofs.

Ballinger on Executive Leaders Radio

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA was interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio, a program on Biz Talk Radio that aired November 16. Each show includes interviews with four prominent business leaders in an informal, conversational format. Guests included Kareem Thomas, Chief Financial Officer of American Reading Company, Bruce Foulke, CEO and President of American Heritage Federal Credit Union, and Mathieu J. Shapiro, Managing Partner of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

Craig discussed his path to architecture and the influences that his family had on his career trajectory. He reflected on his evolution from a technical focus to a creative profession, and on his current role in the practice.

Listen to the full show

Ballinger’s Michael Radio leads formation of scholarship fund

As current president of the Philadelphia chapter of ASHRAE, Ballinger senior associate Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP led the formation of a scholarship fund intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering. The ASHRAE Philadelphia Debra H. Kennoy Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a full time student in the Philadelphia area interested in a profession in the heating, refrigerating and air conditioning industry. “Debra’s work in the refrigeration market was transformational in fighting global warming.  We are honored that ASHRAE Philadelphia can help fulfill her desire to promote engineering careers among women,” said Michael.

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. Members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Several Ballinger staff members serve on the board of governors and ASHRAE Philadelphia committees.

Fon Wang among the 20 Women Changing the Philadelphia Landscape

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, was recognized as one of ‘20 Women Changing the Philadelphia Landscape.’ The honor was presented by the Philadelphia chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), during their 20th annual fall luncheon.

Over the course of her career, Fon has led projects ranging from the restoration of a late 19th century station house to state-of-the-art academic facilities. She contributes to the preservation community with her work on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force and teaching in PennDesign’s Historic Preservation Program. She has been recognized widely for her commitment to her field: she received the Young Architect Award from AIA Philadelphia in 2015, was named to the 40 under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal and 20 under 40 list by the CREW Network Foundation. Fon earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

The luncheon was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and recognized leaders from Liberty Property Trust, the City of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Main Line Health and others. Net proceeds are distributed among the CREW Philadelphia Scholarship Fund, CREW Network Foundation and the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA.

Link to awards video

Reading HealthPlex receives Building Berks Award

The Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care received a Building Berks Award from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. The first annual Building Berks Awards program honors outstanding companies who are helping to lift up the Reading economy through development and construction. A total of 30 building and renovation projects were nominated in 13 categories from agriculture, health and education to historic restoration, residential, retail, office and manufacturing.

In attendance to receive the award were Ballinger associate principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA and senior associate Robert P. Goss, Jr., AIA, as well as David J. Major, Mark McNash, Robert Brigham and Julie Schlappich from Tower Health, and Bob Miller from LF Driscoll.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF Reading HealthPlex, which opened in 2017. It’s home to an 88,000 SF accessible roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

Ballinger Named to Distinguished ARCHITECT 50

Each year, ARCHITECT magazine conducts an in-depth survey to produce a qualitative ranking of the top 50 architecture firms, focusing on the categories of business, sustainability and design. Based on a portfolio of built and unbuilt work and factors such as revenue, employee benefits and energy efficiency metrics, Ballinger was ranked #43 overall. Ballinger’s commitment to energy-efficient design was recognized with a rank of 36 in the sustainability category.
Link to full survey results

Adelphi University Nexus Building Receives LEED Silver Certification

The Nexus Building at Adelphi University was certified LEED Silver by the United States Green Building Council. Completed in 2016, the state-of-the-art campus hub features a green roof and terrace as well as energy efficient systems. The Adelphi campus is an arboretum, so landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers. The 100,000 SF building is a visual representation of Adelphi’s commitment to community, collaboration and academic excellence.

Penn Medicine Radnor Breaks Ground

Officials broke ground today on a new outpatient facility in Radnor for Penn Medicine. Ballinger designed the 250,000 SF building, providing architectural and structural engineering services. Attendees at the groundbreaking included Ballinger design principal Eric Swanson, AIA, project manager Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA, senior project healthcare planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, lead project designer Jason Cole, LEED AP, and project architect Michael Euker, RA.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, the 4-story facility and attached 1000-car garage will form three sides of an inward-focused campus. The building will wrap around a courtyard, bringing natural light and calming views to patients, families, and staff inside. A circulation corridor around the interior garden enhances wayfinding and serves to orient patients. Within the garden are lawns and groves landscaped with native plants.

Ballinger revives historic landmark for Linode’s new Philadelphia offices

Ballinger recently completed the renovation of the Corn Exchange National Bank building for the growing cloud-hosting company Linode. The new headquarters is a mashup of Silicon Valley technology and historic Philadelphia architecture. Sited next to the Betsy Ross House and along N3rd Street, the city’s official tech corridor, the building offers the kind of workspace that appeals to tech workers: it’s open, authentic, transparent, and home to state-of-the-art computing.

The Old City landmark, known for its neoclassical style and history as a former MTV Real World house, was built for the Union Bank of Philadelphia in 1902. It is listed in Philadelphia’s register of historic places and considered significant within the National Old City Historic District, with a facade featuring colossal limestone columns and a granite stoop with wood, bronze, and glass sliding-pocket doors. Its urban location promises to jumpstart Linode’s ability to recruit and retain highly-qualified employees.

Ballinger Principal, Keith C.H. Mock, AIA, and Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP, were tasked with rehabilitating the structure’s many striking original features while creating modern and functional offices for engineers, product development, sales, marketing, and customer support. Philadelphia specialists Materials Conservation Co. refurbished original wood lacquer, handmade plaster tiles and balustrade, hand-painting them to blend with the original. Masons uncovered brick walls and removed builder-grade floor tiles to showcase the original marble flooring. The team also rescued and rehabilitated the building’s 100-year-old wooden windows. Wang was energized by Linode’s commitment to restoring the building: “It was an honor working with an owner who fosters a true love for the building and its history. A lot of details that could have fallen to the wayside were saved and reinvigorated.”

The main bank room was designed to become a tech hub for social engagement. The underground bank vault, at one point the infamous Real World “confessional,” is now a break-out room, accessed through the original, restored metal vault door. Ballinger worked with state and city officials throughout the project to ensure that all work followed building regulations, and preservation and accessibility guidelines— a task that was challenged by the building’s age and landmark status. The result is a sophisticated design that highlights historic features and renders the building systems practically invisible.

Ballinger successfully assisted Linode in the approval of Federal Historic Preservation Tax credits, completing Parts I through III of the application and working with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PMHC) and the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The tax credit allows Linode to apply 20% of the renovation cost, including construction and soft costs, to their tax liability.

The building officially opened in June 2018 and has been well received by “Linodians.” Summarizing her passion for the project, Wang said, “One of the principles of historic preservation is continued use. My hope is that this adaptive reuse serves as a precedent to other buildings in need of a new life.”

Ballinger Chief Structural Engineer Chair of ASCE SEI Public Relations Committee

As of October 1st, Ballinger associate principal Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP is Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE SEI). The national role entails collaborating with the president and board of governors of the Institute to elevate the role of the structural engineer – not just in practice, but in society as a whole.

Energized by the SEI president’s vision, Angie will address issues that relate to the public image of professional structural engineers and will work to encourage structural engineers to take their rightful place in today’s world through their ability to solve problems, lead, and innovate.

Ballinger at CMAA National Conference

Ballinger Associate Josh Abbell, AIA LEED AP BD+C presented at the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Conference in Las Vegas. The session, “Integrated Project Team Delivery: The Boeing H47 Focused Factory Transformation,” was a project case study highlighting the close collaboration between the owner, architect/engineer and construction manager in delivering a complex multi-phase renovation project under tight schedule constraints within an active factory. Josh also highlighted the process and challenges involved in the successful pursuit of LEED Certification for the factory and campus transformation project, which encompassed multiple construction projects. Josh was joined by Christian W. Calhoun, PE, Facilities Site and Equipment Services Manager at The Boeing Company, and Andrew H. Munter, CCM-PM, Senior Associate at STV Construction.

Ballinger provided master planning, architecture and engineering services for the 220,000 SF integrated factory and office space project in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.

Ballinger participates in Virginia STEM Workshop

Senior associate Ben Patane, AIA, LEED AP participated in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) STEM Workshop held at Randolph-Macon College. He gave a presentation and tour of Brock Hall, a recently-completed 30,000 SF addition to the Copley Science Center. Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and lab planning for the building, which includes teaching and research labs for biology, chemistry and environmental science.

VFIC is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to facilitate innovative and collaborative initiatives between Virginia colleges and ensure that a personalized educational experience remains an affordable choice for future students.


Ballinger Among Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants

Ballinger was named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants. The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms in the United States and Canada. The 100 engineering firms distinguished by this award were recognized in the August 2018 issue and honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago. The firms selected as 2018 MEP Giants continuously push boundaries in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering sectors, providing the top engineered systems in the building industry.

Kraus Transformation Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking celebration for the University of Michigan’s Edward Henry Kraus Building Transformation, designed and engineered by Ballinger, took place on Friday.

Excerpted from the University of Michigan Record:

Members of the campus community broke ground Friday on an addition to the 101-year-old Edward Henry Kraus Building, which will enable the School of Kinesiology to consolidate its programs and operations in one location beginning in the fall of 2020.

Edward Henry Kraus Building

Edward Henry Kraus Building Classroom 

The $120 million project calls for a deep renovation of the existing 183,000-square-foot building, plus a 62,000-square-foot infill addition within an exterior courtyard.

Completed in 1915, the Kraus Building had housed the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Both of those departments have relocated to the new Biological Science Building, which opened this fall.

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits Approved

Following the design and construction of Linode’s new Philadelphia headquarters, Ballinger successfully assisted Linode in the approval of Federal Historic Preservation Tax credits for the rehabilitation of the Corn Exchange National Bank on the corner of 3rd and Arch Streets. Ballinger completed Parts I through III of the application, working with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PMHC) and the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The tax credit allows Linode to apply 20% of the renovation cost, including construction and soft costs, to their tax liability. Ballinger’s careful insertion of a contemporary tech headquarters within a neoclassical building complies with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Ballinger Announces Promotions

Ballinger is proud to announce recent staff promotions. These individuals have distinguished themselves in their whole-hearted embrace and leadership of our quest for excellence in what we do.

To Associate Principal:

Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

To Senior Associate:

Stuart Mardeusz, AIA, LEED AP

To Associate:

Christopher Bratz, PE, LEED AP
Todd Costain
David Hood
Brent Ellmann, PE
Timothy Yoder, PE, LEEP AP BD+C

Ballinger’s Craig S. Spangler, AIA serves on SCUP Awards Jury

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA served on the jury for the 2018 SCUP Excellence Awards. The program, organized by the Society for College and University Planning, recognizes comprehensive campus design and planning as a collaborative effort that involves campus architects, planners, administrators, faculty, processional consultants and many stakeholders in higher education. This year the program received submissions representing 156 institutions.

In addition to Craig, the jury included Dean Gregory, BCSLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Campus Landscape Architect at University of British Columbia and jury chair; Vuk Vujovic, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President and Director of Sustainability and Energy at Legat Architects; Wendy Hills, AIA, University Architect at Tulane University; and Laura Cruickshank, FAIA, Master Planner, Chief Architect, and Associate Vice President for University Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Connecticut. Winners will be announced at the SCUP 2018 Annual Conference in Nashville on July 16th. Craig and his fellow jurors will present “Observed Themes in Higher Education Planning and Design From the 2018 Excellence Award Entries and Recognition of Winners” at the conference.

Ballinger Supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

As a member of Team Hope, Ballinger raised over $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) during our 2018 Spring Fling fundraiser. The mission of the LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The organization has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance cures.

Ballinger’s Spring Fling included a presentation by medical oncologist, Dr. Margaret Kasner; a silent auction comprised of items donated by employees, vendors and neighborhood businesses, an evening gathering for staff, friends and family at nearby Independence Mall Café, and a fundraising competition that encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration. The firm’s principals generously volunteered to participate in an “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for the cause.

In total, the 2018 LLS Philadelphia Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised $652,516. We’re proud to be part of Team Hope and honored to create buildings that foster discoveries. Our contributions to the LLS continue our commitment to life-saving research.

Design for Penn’s “Evans Building Centennial Renaissance” Achieves LEED Gold

In May 2018, the University of Pennsylvania’s recently renovated Evans Building was awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is home to Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library.

Anticipating the structure’s 100th anniversary in 2015, Penn commissioned Ballinger to program, plan, and redesign the historic building for their “Evans Building Centennial Renaissance” initiative. With the goal of bringing the School of Dental Medicine into the 21st century, the space was re-envisioned to optimize patient care, expand academic and clinical spaces, and improve circulation flows.

Ballinger’s designers, engineers, and historic preservation team were tasked with preserving the building’s historic character while also modernizing infrastructure and systems to improve occupant comfort and operating efficiencies. USGBC awarded the LEED Gold certification based on the building’s optimized energy performance, green power, enhanced commissioning, reduced water usage, and innovative design.

The State of Population Health in the U.S.

On display at this year’s European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition, Ballinger presented an infographic poster analyzing the current state of population health in the United States and a case study of the Ballinger-designed 88,000 SF green roof at Tower Health System as a solution to space limitations and strategy to improve the patient experience.

Population Health Poster

Beyond Green Poster


Telemedicine and the Future of Disruption

Well-trained and effective clinical staff are in high demand around the world. In the United States, primary care physicians are out-numbered 3:1 by specialists, leaving the neediest populations in remote areas without physicians to address chronic and primary care.  Staff at large institutions are increasingly asked to see patients in multiple locations across a number of campuses, stretching their time and resources.

Telemedicine presents an unprecedented opportunity to extend the reach of existing staff into rural and remote locations and prolong the careers of experienced nurses and physicians by reducing the physical demands of providing care. In their presentation to the European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition on June 11, “Telemedicine and the Future of Disruption”, Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Project Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC explored the increasing implementation of telehealth technologies and ways in which space planning can evolve to support these changes.

The topic was in keeping with the theme of the 4th annual conference, “Utopia or dystopia? Visioning the future for health” focused on the effects of environmental changes and technological advancement on modern healthcare systems and how institutions and designers can adjust to take advantage of advances such as AI, remote and algorithmic diagnosis, nanotechnology, and virtual reality. Held in London, this year’s event was organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange and hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.

Link to presentation

Cooper University Health Care MD Anderson Cancer Center Oncology In-Patient Unit Wins IIDA Award

Ballinger’s design of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Oncology In-Patient Unit at Cooper University Health Care received a Design Award in the Healthcare (under 30,000 SF) category from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) PA|NJ|DE Chapter. The unit is designed to offer a clean, contemporary, calming and spacious feeling to patients, staff and families. Environmental graphics, illustrating flowers native to New Jersey, add touches of serene beauty to the space.

The annual Interior Design Awards competition recognizes outstanding interior environments designed by IIDA members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The award ceremony, held at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, included a presentation and exhibit of project entries.

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Expansion Steel Topping Out

A “topping out” ceremony was hosted on Tuesday for the expansion project at Chester County Hospital. The event marks the completion of steel work for the largest expansion in the hospital’s 125-year history.

A topping out ceremony is one of the oldest customs in the construction industry. It is celebrated when the last beam is placed at the top of a new building and traditionally involves placing an evergreen tree and U.S. flag on top of the structure, along with the final piece of steel. Chester County Hospital’s final beam was signed by hundreds of employees, leadership, and tradesmen.

Ballinger provided architecture and interior design services for the building, which, when completed, will feature a new main entry, procedural platform, emergency department, parking garage, green roof, and bed tower. The 250,000 SF expansion is scheduled for completion in 2019.­

Fostering Innovation While Promoting a Nomadic Workforce

Nomadic workers are mobile across buildings, campuses, and the globe. As the primary workplace evolves, how can the design of work spaces foster innovation and support these changes in the workforce? Ballinger principal Keith Mock, AIA, senior associate Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and associate Katherine Lyons presented their findings at the Tradeline University Facilities 2018 Conference in Austin. Their talk demonstrated how to incorporate individual work styles and cultural attributes into efficient, holistic team environments. By examining the nomadic journey of a typical researcher across multiple work environments, they identified work space design improvements.

NewYork-Presbyterian Opens a World-Class Center for Ambulatory Care

A Seamless Patient Experience, Designed to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Keeps the Focus on Healing

On April 24, 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) celebrated the opening of the David H. Koch Center, a world-class ambulatory care center that combines innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional care and a seamless patient experience.

The design is a collaboration among Ballinger as Medical Architect, HOK as Architect, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as Consulting Architect for building envelope and lobby.

The approximately 740,000-sq.-ft. facility, located at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center campus on York Avenue and 68th Street, is home to a wide range of ambulatory care services, including outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging and infusion services, as well as an Integrative Health and Wellbeing program that will open in June.

“Our goal in creating the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was to develop a new vision for what ambulatory care could be by focusing first and foremost on patients’ needs and the delivery of exceptional care,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “Every decision about the design and operation of this building was made with the patient in mind, from the quick and easy check-in to the private prep and recovery rooms, light-filled treatment areas and real-time status updates. This is truly an environment that was designed for healing, and we believe it represents the future of ambulatory care.”

For patients, the NYP David H. Koch Center will serve as a one-stop destination for individualized, coordinated care from diagnosis to treatment. Multidisciplinary teams of physicians from Weill Cornell Medicine, working collaboratively under one roof, will consider each patient holistically, whether they are being treated for digestive diseases, cancer or other conditions, or coming for outpatient surgery, interventional radiology or diagnostic imaging.

Smart technology and smart spaces are central to the design and function of the building to make patient visits as smooth and pleasant as possible. For example, patients can complete their paperwork remotely and securely before their visit, on their mobile phone or online. Upon arrival, they will be offered a personalized “smartband” that provides access to the building and receive information about their visit and step-by-step directions to their room through the NYP app. Each patient’s visit has a clear, planned flow that begins and ends in the same space for patients having a procedure — a private prep and recovery room that serves as “home base” for them and their companions throughout their visit.

Technology is central to delivering exceptional, cutting-edge care. A prime example is the NYP David H. Koch Center’s MRI/PET/Angiography suite, the first of its kind in the world. Combining all of the key imaging technologies used for minimally-invasive procedures, including MRI/PET, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and rotational CT, it enables clinicians to diagnose, plan, and precisely guide procedures and verify their completeness. The NYP David H. Koch Center features three linear accelerators, including New York’s first MRI-guided linear accelerator for precision radiation treatment of tumors.

Additional clinical features include:

  • 12 operating suites, 6 interventional radiology procedure rooms, and 11 endoscopic procedure rooms, including an operating room dedicated to breast surgery with mammography and ultrasound equipment.
  • Decentralized clinical care with stations directly outside private patient rooms, offering patients easier access to their care team.
  • Radiation oncology services located on the light-filled 4th floor, thanks to the building’s unique engineering. Unlike many institutions, there are no basement treatment areas here.
  • Easy access to discharge instructions, test results and video follow-up appointments with physicians through the NYP app.

Sustainability and Resiliency
The NYP David H. Koch Center is designed to be highly sustainable, from its green roof, which can detain up to six inches of storm water, to its high-performance building envelope. The distinctive “skin” consists of triple-paned insulated glazing with a slatted wood screen, which significantly reduces solar glare, building heat gain, and the need for solar and privacy shading.

The building is also resilient in the case of an extreme weather event or disruption to city power, with heating equipment, air handling units, emergency generators and other key operational equipment located on higher floors above potential flood levels.

Enhanced Care for Patients
The design features a soothing palette of materials including wood and stone. A typical procedure floor has a sky lobby, 12 flexible procedure rooms, and 36 private prep and recovery rooms. Procedure preparation and recovery occur in the same dedicated room, which helps minimize patient movements and provides peace of mind for the patient, family, and care team.

Circulation is clear, with a separation of “on-stage” and “off-stage” flows so patients and families can travel along the light-filled perimeter corridors with clear wayfinding, and staff can move efficiently throughout the building, minimizing disruption to guests.

Infusion and radiation oncology areas – typically located on lower levels – are co-located on the 4th floor of the building. This allows patients and staff access to natural light, an example of the extraordinary accommodations made at the NYP David H. Koch Center to prioritize patient-centered care. The infusion area features a variety of treatment environments ranging from private rooms to warm and inviting community spaces.

NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns
Beginning in 2020, the top five-and-a-half floors of the building will become home to the NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, the first of its kind in the tri-state area, offering compassionate, personalized care to pregnant women, newborn babies and their families. The 220,000-square-foot hospital within a hospital will feature 75 private rooms, 16 labor and delivery rooms, five cesarean section operative suites, 20 maternal critical assessment and treatment unit rooms and 15 ultrasound rooms, which will offer state-of-the-art visualization. The neonatal intensive care unit features 60 positions in private rooms, and is set to be the first facility in New York City to have MRI capabilities and an operating room in its neonatal intensive care unit.

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center
Medical Architect: Ballinger
Architect: HOK
Consulting Architect (building envelope and lobby): Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Interior Design: Ballinger and HOK
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP: Syska Hennesy Group
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company
Lobby Art: Paqutá (2018) by Beatriz Milhazes

Swarthmore College Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building Steel Topping Out

Tswarthmore topping outhe design and construction team for the Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building at Swarthmore College celebrated the building’s topping out April 20. The milestone was marked with an invitation for team members to sign the uppermost beam. The steel beam was then hoisted into place accompanied by an American flag and evergreen tree, a topping out tradition of construction workers for decades.

The Ballinger team was joined by representatives from Skanska, the construction manager, Aegis Property Group, the client representative, and subcontractors.

Ballinger is providing architecture and engineering services for the Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building, an interdisciplinary building designed as a new gateway for the north side of Swarthmore’s campus. Phase I is anticipated to be complete in 2019 followed by Phase 2 completion in 2020.


Senior Principal Jeffrey S. French, FAIA Retires from Ballinger

After spending his entire 40-year career at Ballinger helping to grow the firm into a national architecture/engineering presence, Jeff French begins his retirement today. Jeff served as a Senior Principal since 1990, and Ballinger benefited tremendously from his professional expertise and leadership, strength of character, and collegial manner.

When asked the secret to his successful career at Ballinger, Jeff responded – “Collaboration.  I was afforded continuous opportunity, and I sincerely tried to exceed expectations with each.  But I also found teammates who understood that together, rather than alone, we could make something better.”


Jeff joined Ballinger soon after graduating with his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia in 1978. He was Class of 1976 at Princeton where he majored in architecture and played varsity baseball.

Early in his career, Jeff gained experience on a wide variety of project types including, most notably, research facilities. Upon completing the first phase of SmithKline’s (later Glaxo) million square foot R&D consolidation in Upper Merion, PA, he was asked in 1985 to be the full-time on-site project manager for the construction phase of the next 800,000 sf. This 15-month assignment ignited a career-long interest in scientific facilities.

Following completion of the SmithKline project, Jeff began what would be a 30-year relationship with Johnson & Johnson, creating an extensive portfolio of projects across many of their affiliate companies. This experience led to work with many other significant pharmaceutical companies, positioning Jeff as a highly regarded science and research facility expert.

After attending the International Conference of the Society for College and University Planning in the mid-1980’s, Jeff became interested in leveraging his corporate research expertise, leading him to become one of the pre-eminent national academic science and research facility experts.

Jeff’s practice leadership resulted in his being named a Principal in 1990, launching the firm’s trajectory towards becoming the nationally-recognized practice for academic science teaching and research facilities that it is today. He developed an extensive portfolio of significant projects across the country, with notable clients such as Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, VCU, Berea, Swarthmore College, the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health at Rutgers, and the Wistar Institute amongst many, many others.

As a noted national science and research facility expert, Jeff was frequently requested by the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies to be a research grant application reviewer. This led to him co-authoring the National Science Foundation’s highly-regarded publication entitled “Planning Academic Research Facilities: A Guidebook.” He chaired workshops for the New York Academy of Sciences, published in an edition of their annals, was an invited contributor for the Higher Education Colloquium on Science Facilities, and lectured at many conferences and symposiums for more than 30 years.

His national contribution to architecture for science was recognized in 1999 by his elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, making him one of the youngest ever at that time to receive the AIA’s highest individual honor.

Looking beyond Ballinger, Jeff’s next chapter includes finding volunteer roles and contributing significantly to his community. His immediate goal is to spend more time with his family – Anne, his wife of 36 years, their three children and spouses, and two grandchildren.

Beyond Green: Design of the Built Environment and Its Impact on Healthy Communities

On March 19, at this year’s Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, Ballinger Associate Principal, Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED AP and Senior Project Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC presented their talk entitled “Beyond Green: Design of the Built Environment and Its Impact on Healthy Communities”. Their session explored the significance of design in improving overall wellness for communities and patient care spaces. They illustrated the role design can play within population health using examples from recent Ballinger projects, Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute; Tower Health, Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care; and Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition + Health.

The annual Population Health Colloquium brings together healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical executives, leading technology and solutions companies, academia, and government to highlight advances in population health. The conference is an opportunity for leaders within the industry to share best practices, case studies, expert insights, and industry trends.

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Paul Arougheti Joins Ballinger as Senior Project Manager

Ballinger is pleased to welcome Paul Arougheti, AIA to our firm as a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager. Paul has more than fifteen years of experience managing a wide variety of complex academic projects.

According to Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, “Paul is an exceptionally talented individual with a broad array of quality experiences that enable him to manage significant projects for our firm.”

Paul received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a law degree from Columbia University, and his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2001.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig Spangler and Terry Steelman Present at Tradeline

The “Engineer of the Future” must be creative, entrepreneurial, and adaptable. Engineering is increasingly focused on application of scientific discoveries to solve real-world issues, a dynamic that requires a “next generation” of engineering facilities capable of supporting these interdisciplinary convergent trends.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA explored this topic at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on College and University Science and Engineering Facilities. Their talk, titled “Next Generation Engineering Facilities: Features That Support a New Skill Set for the ‘Engineer of the Future,’” described how new models for teaching and research facilities can support future engineers.

The presentation featured case studies of Ballinger’s work on the campuses of the University of Rhode Island, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Ballinger Presents at Tradeline Space Strategies 2017

Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP and Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP, along with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Senior Vice President Doug E. Carney, AIA, LEED AP, gave a presentation at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on Space Strategies. Their talk “A Workplace Innovation Process to Harness the How, When, What and Why of Your Organization’s Working Style,” explored how Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) approached the launch of a more progressive work environment.