Category: Awards

Penn Medicine Radnor Awarded LEED Gold

Penn Medicine Radnor was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF ambulatory care center.

The 4-story facility adheres to Penn Medicine’s commitment to sustainability. Over 250 new trees will be planted with the full development and the surrounding landscape includes four rain gardens and native plants designed for all four seasons. Water management elements are woven naturally throughout the grounds, where they reduce the environmental impact of run-off and create a welcoming environment for visitors and the larger community, as well as for birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

American University Hall of Science wins IIDA award

The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored American University’s Hall of Science with an award in the ‘Best of Education/Institution over 30,000 SF’ category. Ballinger designed this vibrant, LEED Gold building to unify the University’s life sciences under one roof. The jury found “the focus on collaboration to be seamlessly integrated throughout the school’s design, with pockets supporting this around every corner. The use of natural light harmonizes with the finish palette, and is only further enhanced by the simplistic and clean lighting choices.”

Fascitelli Center Recognized with AIA Tri-State Design Award

The 2021 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tri-State Design Awards celebrated design excellence and impact on the built environment among three of the largest AIA chapters, with nearly 14,000 members across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The jury was comprised of thee accomplished architects from across the country.

The Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island received a Merit Award in the architecture category. The Ballinger-planned, designed, and engineered building is a vibrant place for interaction and innovation.

Ballinger collaborated with the university to develop a cross-discipline teaching and research complex to meet ever-changing tech demands and the global reach of engineering. Juror Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez noted the building “proposes an interesting solution” to the university’s growing engineering program and “works well with the existing buildings” to create quads and courtyards to ultimately “make a better campus” for students and teachers alike.

Watch the awards program here

Exterior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island illuminated at dusk.
Interior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Certified LEED Gold

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently achieved a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The ILSB provides new opportunities for integrating research, teaching, and learning across departments and colleges in support of the university’s mission of student success and expanding research in areas of strategic importance. Seamless integration of energy-saving features with the architecture of the building separates the ILSB from traditional high-performance buildings. The orientation of the building’s glass façades, chilled beams, a green roof, stormwater management, and an innovative “air share” system that reduces energy consumption all contribute to the building’s sustainability.

With over 40% in projected energy savings as compared to a baseline building, this ILSB demonstrates the university’s commitment to sustainability. The building reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1,255 metric tons per year and decreases water use by 35%. Beyond the positive environmental impact of the facility, the annual energy cost savings of the ILSB, compared to a baseline building, is nearly $300,000.

Interior of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interior of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

State of New Jersey Taxation Building Achieves LEED Gold

The State of New Jersey Taxation Building was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Ballinger provided architecture and MEP/structural engineering services for the 210,000 SF office building located in Trenton, New Jersey.

The building received several perfect scores on categories evaluated in the LEED Scorecard, including Sensitive Land Protection, Light Pollution Reduction, Low-Emitting Materials, and Innovation.

The 8-story Taxation Building is located near the Delaware River waterfront and was designed to welcome visitors and state workers closer to Trenton’s downtown commercial corridor.

New Jersey Economic Development Agency | State of New Jersey Taxation Building illuminated at dusk.
New Jersey Economic Development Agency | State of New Jersey Taxation Building and the Delaware River.

Ballinger Projects Receive AIA Philadelphia Design Awards

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building and Penn Medicine Radnor were honored at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia 2021 Design Awards. The awards recognize achievements and quality architectural designs by member firms of AIA Philadelphia. The 2021 jury was comprised of three Detroit-based architects: Elizabeth Knibbe, AIA, Thomas Affeldt, AIA, and Chris Heine, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

Penn Medicine Radnor, a sustainable, community-focused ambulatory care center rooted in nature, received the Honor Award in the built category. The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, a center for research, active learning, innovation, and inspiration at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, received the Merit Award in the built category.

Interior view ILSB UMBC

Penn Medicine Radnor Wins 2021 AIA Pennsylvania Architecture Honor Award

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Penn Medicine Radnor an Architecture Honor Award during the 5th Annual AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF ambulatory care center.

Honor awards recognize projects that exemplify distinguished achievement in their category. The jury acknowledged the seamless integration between the building and the surrounding landscape, which emphasizes “the role nature plays in health and well-being.”

AIA Pennsylvania represents nearly 3,000 members throughout Pennsylvania. This year’s awards jury was comprised of New York City architects and a panel representing AIA Committee on the Environment.

Watch the Honor Award segment here

Gene Therapy Cleanroom Facility Wins International Award

The Raymond G. Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics (CCMT) Clinical Vector Core at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was recognized as a model for the future by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering​ (ISPE) in their 2021 Facility of the Year Awards program.

The Clinical Vector Core (CVC), a state-of-the-art cleanroom facility dedicated to manufacturing adeno-associated and lentiviral vectors, provides viral vectors in support of Phase I and Phase II clinical gene therapy trials in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), as well as GMP-process comparable vectors in support of pharmacology/ toxicology pre-clinical studies. Ballinger served as architect and engineer for the project.

The judging panel selected CCMT because of its impact on the future of cell and gene therapy facilities, noting its synergy with the hospital, access to cutting edge medicines, effective use of space, and the social and sustainability value it offers Philadelphia and those receiving treatment.

“Working in collaboration with architects and engineers since 2015, we developed a state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing facility that will help support the growing field of gene therapy not only locally, but nationally and internationally,” said Johannes C. M. van der Loo, PhD, director of the Clinical Vector Core at CCMT. Over the past 17 years, the Clinical Vector Core has manufactured close to 150 clinical grade products for 40 different indications. Vectors have been used in 27 clinical trials in 10 countries.

Ballinger Associate Principal Joshua S. Levy, AIA, LEED AP, who served as Project Architect for the CVC, described the space as “a machine that prioritizes the human experience without compromise to the facility’s stringent operational and performance requirements.”

The project, recognized by the jury as a model for the future, did not fall within one of ISPE’s award categories and was therefore recognized with Honorable Mention. Established in 2004, the Facility of the Year Awards program recognizes the best pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing facilities globally and highlights projects that utilize new, innovative technologies to improve the quality of products, reduce the cost of producing high-quality medicines, and demonstrate advances in project delivery. It provides a platform for the pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry to showcase accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation, while sharing the development of new applications of technology and cutting-edge approaches.

Read more about the Clinical Vector Core

Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering Awarded LEED Silver

The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering and Bliss Hall at the University of Rhode Island were certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Ballinger-planned, designed, and engineered buildings house the University’s College of Engineering.

Reporter Mary Serreze from the Providence Business Journal spoke with Paul DePace, URI’s director of capital projects, to discuss the buildings’ recently obtained LEED Silver status.

Excerpted from Providence Business Journal

The University of Rhode Island is touting its sustainability practices with an announcement that its new College of Engineering buildings have obtained LEED Silver status.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and LEED certification provides independent verification from the U.S. Green Building Council that a building meets a set of rigorous “green” standards.

The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, which opened in the fall of 2019, and Bliss Hall, a historic structure that was newly renovated, are now the 14th and 15th buildings to obtain LEED status on the Kingston Campus. That includes five buildings that are certified LEED Gold, the highest possible rating.

“Importantly, LEED certification translates into higher energy efficiency rates and big energy savings for the University and the state,” said Paul DePace, URI’s director of capital projects. In a statement, he added that sustainable buildings and spaces “also make the University a nicer place to be for all of us.”

Providence-based Dimeo Construction Co. and Philadelphia-based Ballinger architects teamed up for the two building projects, and Hill International served as project manager.

The Fascitelli Center was the largest construction project in the University’s history. The six-story, 183,500 square-foot building features a glass exterior, allowing natural light into core spaces. An efficient electrical system includes sensors that control lighting, the university said in a news release.

The roof was specified with white material to prevent any “heat island” effect. Landscaping plants were chosen to require very little water. The proximity of both buildings to bus and shuttle routes “was also significant in the sustainability calculation of the projects,” the university said.

The 38,000 square-foot Bliss Hall was gutted to the steel frame and stone exterior and completely renovated. A 15,000 square-foot addition was built on the north side with energy-efficient mechanicals. Builders used low-emitting materials and designed the ventilation system to introduce plenty of fresh air. Many other features used the latest in green building technology.

“Rhode Island has set a goal that state-funded projects should meet LEED Certification status,” said Jim Devol, project manager for Hill International. “With these two buildings URI has gone beyond that.”

Ballinger recognized for technological achievement

Ballinger received an ASHRAE Technology Award for the recently completed Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The 131,000 SF building was recognized in the Educational Facilities/New Construction category by the Philadelphia Chapter of ASHRAE.

ILSB is a model for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and ease of maintenance. The building’s overall annual energy usage is over 40% less than ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. The facility includes wet bench research space, shared scientific research cores, multidisciplinary teaching labs, office space and active learning classrooms. ILSB provides new opportunities for integrating learning and discovery across departments and colleges in support of the University’s mission of student success and expanding research. Collaboration areas for formal and informal exchanges support cross-fertilization of ideas as teams pursue novel and promising leads in life science discovery.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize successful applications of innovative design that incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality, and good mechanical design. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The society focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability by conducting research, writing standards, and fostering continuing education.

DVASE Outstanding Project Award

Ballinger won an Outstanding Project Award from the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at the annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards ceremony held May 12.

The honor was awarded to a confidential Philadelphia project with complex structural and logistical challenges.

Kraus Building Awarded LEED Gold

Ballinger’s Kraus Building Renovation project at the University of Michigan was recently certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Excerpted from the University of Michigan:

The School of Kinesiology Building renovation and addition project has earned LEED Gold building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of sustainability efforts.

The building, originally constructed in 1915 and formerly called the Edward Henry Kraus Building, includes research labs, a vivarium, classrooms, faculty offices and common space.

The renovation and addition include a number of features that will lead to a predicted energy cost savings of 41 percent, as compared with a code-compliant building per 2007 guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Energy-saving facets include:

  • New, well-insulated windows and doors at all exterior locations to provide improved thermal performance. The replacement assemblies have been tested in place to ensure minimal air infiltration.
  • A skylight in a new atrium area to bring natural light deep into the building. Advanced lighting controls, such as daylight dimming, also conserve energy.
  • LED lighting with occupancy sensors throughout the building. Historic fixtures at entrances were retrofitted with LED lamps.

The building also features low-flow plumbing fixtures and automatic sensor faucets, which are predicted to reduce water use by 34 percent compared to Michigan Plumbing Code standards. It also boasts close proximity to basic services and bus transportation.

The project included a 62,700-square-foot infill addition, featuring a three-story atrium and the aforementioned skylight. The addition enclosed the building’s courtyard, thereby reducing the climate cost of using new building materials.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It recognizes sustainability efforts to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings on one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The School of Kinesiology Building renovation and addition earned 62 points from the U.S. Green Business Council, out of 110 possible.

Since 2005, when U-M first received “green building” certifications, 18 projects have earned LEED designations. All new U-M buildings and additions with an estimated construction budget greater than $10 million are required to achieve at least LEED Silver certification.

Link to full article

Ballinger Recognized for Service to Community Design Collaborative

Ballinger’s Sarah Blitzer, RA and Christine Larsen were recently honored for their contributions to Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative, a local organization that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia.

The annual Community Design Collaborative Volunteer Awards highlight volunteers who showcase design excellence, ingenuity, and continued service and dedication to the organization. Sarah Blitzer, a Collaborative volunteer since 2017, contributed to a conceptual design for the Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square Welcome and Resource Center. The project team was honored with the Outstanding Effort Award for making excellent design accessible, fostering volunteer-client collaboration, and generating community impact.  Christine Larsen, who has served on the Community Design Collaborative’s Board of Directors since 2019, was recognized with the Committee Leadership Award for extraordinary committee service.

Ballinger views social responsibility as crucial to the success of our firm and our city. We are proud to be a Corporate Champion of the Collaborative and have donated over 650 pro bono hours to improve equitable access to design.

Read more about the Volunteer Awards

Penn Stemmler Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Stemmler Hall at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and lab planning services for this transformative renovation in the heart of campus. An important ambition of the project was to help fulfill the aspirations of Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan.

Ballinger designed a neutral air chilled beam system with dual heat recovery wheels coupled with demand-controlled ventilation. Calculations project a 50% reduction in energy use and significant annual cost savings. Efficient floorplans enable program and research flexibility, resulting in an open and adaptable 21st century magnet facility with 50% more workstations.

In 2019 Green Building United, Philadelphia’s chapter of the USGBC, recognized the project as a finalist for its Groundbreaker Award program.

Ballinger’s Mike Radio Named Virtual Environment Global User of the Year

Ballinger Associate Principal Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C was named 2020 Virtual Environment (VE) Global User of the Year. Launched this year by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), the competition recognizes innovative use of VE technology.

In his role as Ballinger’s lead energy analyst Mike has employed the IES VE suite to elevate the quality, speed and precision of energy and system load modeling for healthcare and academic clients throughout the country. He uses it to rapidly generate comprehensive scenario and architectural design variation analyses beginning at the earliest stages of planning. He integrates that data with analyses of multiple site infrastructure/central plant options, giving owners the most comprehensive set of data possible upon which to make key capital spending decisions. 

IES Vice President Liam Buckley praised “the analytical range of Mike’s submission. From simple curtainwall assessments, to sizing chilled beams and onto integrating on-site cogeneration with central plants, all coupled with the IESVE VistaPro graphics, demonstrated the highest level of performance modeling excellence. A well-deserved winner.”

As global winner, Mike received a $1,000 prize which he’s donating to the ASHRAE Philadelphia Debra H. Kennoy Scholarship Fund, a fund he helped establish, intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering.  

Read more about the award

The Fascitelli Center Wins AIA Rhode Island Design Honor Award


The Rhode Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering a Design Honor Award in the Commercial Architecture: Higher Education category.

The AIA Rhode Island Design Awards recognize achievements in design within the state and honor the project teams and the clients who help to create and enhance the built environment.

The five-story building was planned, designed, and engineered by Ballinger and serves as a bridge between the sciences and humanities precincts of the campus. The interdisciplinary hub helps attract the best faculty, students, and industry partners to the University of Rhode Island.

Exterior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island
Interior view of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island

Cohen Hospital Shortlisted for Interior Design Best of Year Award

The NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, designed as a collaboration between Ballinger and HOK, was a finalist for Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Awards in the Healthcare category. The 246,500 SF facility is dedicated to the healthcare needs of mothers and babies, offering the full range of services women and infants may need before, during, and after childbirth—including specialized prenatal care and neonatal intensive care for newborns in need of extra support. The hospital is designed to provide patient‐focused care to reduce maternal stress and incorporate the family in the healing process with serene individual rooms and support areas.

The virtual, multi-part Best of Year Awards ceremony was a part of “Best of Design 2020,” a virtual festival honoring this year’s design highlights and outstanding achievements.

Link to ceremony details

Stemmler Hall Wins BD+C Reconstruction Award

Edward J. Stemmler Hall at the University of Pennsylvania was selected as a Bronze winner in the 2020 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Reconstruction Awards competition.  Awards are given to the best historic preservation, reuse, renovation, and reconstruction projects nationwide. Winners are selected based on design, engineering, and construction quality.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and lab planning services for this comprehensive renovation of Stemmler Hall, built in 1978. Rather than the simple systems-based retrofit that the University originally planned, Ballinger proposed a holistic, LEED Gold renovation to completely transform the building, providing new Class A laboratory space, and strategically replacing all building systems to significantly reduce ongoing energy and maintenance costs.

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Wins Interior Design Award

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was  recognized by the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) with the Best of Education/Institution >30,000 SF Award. The award was presented during the IIDA NJ/PA/DE virtual Design Awards ceremony on December 16. The program recognizes outstanding interior environments and noteworthy projects.

The jury gave the project the top prize and complimented on its strong sustainability story. “The space integrates stunning original artwork and an exciting pop of color, and a tangible energy is felt from the photography,” they commented. 

Ballinger Honored with Prestigious AIA Firm of the Year Award

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Ballinger with the 2020 Firm of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a firm whose passion and practice has produced notable architecture for at least a decade.

The honor was announced during the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards broadcast on November 19. Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA described the recognition as “a testimony to our unwavering commitment to quality at every level of practice. It takes a talented team collaborating with great clients to create quality work. We are privileged to have both.”

“We’re guided by our core values of design excellence, environmental stewardship and commitment to community. These values align with those of the AIA and industry professional organizations for which our firm staff associate to remain at the leading edge of our profession,” said Senior Principal Keith C.H. Mock, AIA.   

Ballinger also received the chapter’s EPiC Firm Recognition for support and development of emerging professionals in 2020.

Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering Wins DVASE Outstanding Project Award

Ballinger’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI) was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) with the 2020 Outstanding Project Award. DVASE’s annual Excellence in Structural Engineering program highlights engineering feats that display inventive and artful tackling of difficult project challenges.

Constructed on the former site of five demolished buildings on URI’s main South Kingstown campus, the Fascitelli Center serves as a “bridge” between the liberal arts programs at campus south and the basic sciences at campus north. To create a literal bridge, the central bar of the building is supported by three four-story tall architecturally exposed steel trusses, each with 160-foot center spans. This layout allows the first floor commons area to be an unobstructed, all-glass pass-through from campus south to north, with no need for visible supports. To support engineering education, the major truss members are clearly evident, cutting diagonally through each floor in a large “X” to be viewed by all approaching the building.

Winners were honored at a virtual awards program.

ILSB Recognized for Collaborative Process

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was selected for a Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Project Leadership Award.

The ILSB received the 2020 COAA Way Award. The COAA Way Award recognizes successfully completed projects, a desire to continuously improve, and a belief that working collaboratively will lead to greater success. It is based on the principle that a team of people sharing best practices, in a culture built on trust and respect, will complete better projects.

The ILSB is a center for research, active learning, innovation, and inspiration, supporting UMBC’s mission of student success and research discoveries. Located on a pivotal corner, the ILSB is visually open to the campus, a symbol of the vibrant research conducted at UMBC. The building is clad predominantly in red brick to integrate with its context, but also includes large areas of glass that showcase research and teaching laboratories to the campus community.

COAA a national organization of public and private owners who manage facilities development and capital improvement projects. The ISLB team was honored at COAA’s Fall Virtual Leadership Conference yesterday, November 12.

ILSB Recognized by AIA Maryland

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was recognized by the AIA Maryland Excellence in Design awards program. The project received a Jury Citation for Institutional Architecture during a virtual awards ceremony held September 24.

Designed and engineered by Ballinger, the ILSB creates a highly visible home for the sciences on campus and furthers UMBC’s vision of inclusive academic excellence. Teaching and research laboratories line a north-facing glass wall looking onto a flowing campus walkway, creating a living billboard for the sciences. The glass-clad laboratory volume attaches to a brick clad mass that blends with the campus in scale and materiality. Pedestrian walkways flow around bioretention areas capturing site and roof water to visibly link science and sustainability while creating a memorable campus landscape. A double-height commons creates a central meeting and interaction space immediately accessible to the teaching portion of the building. A monumental public art installation designed by artist Volkan Alkanoglu, “In Flight”, is featured to both join art with science and also to elevate the public experience of the student commons on campus.

Michael Radio Named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 under 40

Ballinger associate principal Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C was selected for Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40 award. The honor is given annually to 40 building industry professionals who demonstrate excellence in their academic, professional, and community involvement.

Since joining Ballinger in 2010, Mike has championed the importance of mechanical engineering and the role of technology in designing innovative building solutions. He stands out for his data-driven approach to guiding clients toward their sustainability goals, engagement in mentoring and improving interdisciplinary collaboration at Ballinger, and his active role in the wider engineering community.

“If the technical expertise, breadth of experience and confident attitudes don’t impress you, then the dedication given to mentoring, the community and family certainly will,” said Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. “Now in its 13th year, the 2020 40 Under 40 winners are more creative, focused and passionate than most professionals at the early phases of their career, leading them to succeed in their respective professions.”

The winners are profiled in the May issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago in October 2020.

DHK Center Wins BD+C Building Team Award

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch (DHK) Center, a 734,000 SF ambulatory care center designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, received a 2020 Building Team Award from Building Design + Construction.

The national awards program honors building projects for their architectural excellence as well as for successful collaboration between owners, architects, engineers and contractors. A jury of 17 experts selected the DHK Center for silver recognition.

Opened in 2018 on New York City’s Upper East Side, the building was designed to provide patient and family-centered care in a healing environment.

Winners were published in the May/June issue of Building Design + Construction magazine.

Penn Medicine Radnor displayed in Architecture for Health Showcase

The Architecture for Health Showcase, organized by the American Hospital Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the American Institute for Architects (AIA), and the Academy of Architecture for Health, highlights current healthcare design and construction projects.

Ballinger’s design for Penn Medicine Radnor, a new ambulatory care center scheduled to open this month, is among this year’s featured projects.

View the display http://archshowcase.org/project/penn-medicine-radnor/

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Linode Headquarters: Winner of the 2019 BD+C Reconstruction Award

Ballinger is pleased to announce that Linode Headquarters is a recipient of the 2019 BD+C Reconstruction Award. This award is given to the best historic preservation, reuse, renovation, and reconstruction projects nationwide. Winners were selected based on the overall design, engineering, and construction of the project.

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Formally known as the Corn Exchange National Bank and Trust, Linode Headquarters is now home to an innovative and rapidly-growing tech company. Linode’s commitment to restoration drove the retention and rehabilitation of the building’s character-defining features, including the exteriors and double-story former banking hall. The interior spaces have been uncovered and restored to create a bright, transparent environment that respects the building’s history and authenticity. Moving forward, Linode Headquarters can serve as an example for future preservation and adaptive reuse projects.

The project was led by Ballinger Senior Principal, Keith C.H. Mock, AIA, and Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP.

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Wins Award of Merit

New York Presbyterian Hospital, David Koch Center, Location: New York NY, Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & PartnersThe NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was officially honored today with the Healthcare Design (HCD) 2019 Award of Merit. This award, part of the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase, is the highest honor that a project can receive in the program.

The 734,000 SF world-class ambulatory facility, completed in 2018, was designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The state-of-the-art facility pushes the boundaries of innovation to provide exceptional care and a seamless patient experience for all.

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE, and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, along with Scott Rawlings, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Director of Healthcare at HOK, accepted the award on behalf of all the team members who contributed to the project.

Link to NYP’s Award Profile on Healthcare Design Magazine’s Website

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’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.

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.

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.

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center wins European Healthcare Design Awards

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was recognized at the European Healthcare Design Awards in London June 18. The project received the prestigious Healthcare Design over 25,000 SM award as well as the Design Innovation for Quality Improvement award. The program, organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, celebrate professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world. The awards were presented at a ceremony during the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London.

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Receives Top Award

Healthcare Design (HCD) magazine selected the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center to receive an Award of Merit, the highest level of recognition, in the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase.

The 734,000 SF David H. Koch Center is designed to house innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge technology, resulting in exceptional care and a seamless patient experience. Characterized by warmth and transparency, the design features clear circulation, light-filled spaces, and standardized procedure rooms and patient areas that enable adaptability as requirements and technologies evolve.

The annual Healthcare Design awards program, now in its 19th year, honors the best design and architecture in the healthcare industry. Seventeen jurors, appointed by HCD’s partner organizations (The Center for Health Design, IIDA, and ASID), evaluated the submissions. Awards will be presented during the 2019 HCD Conference and published in the August 2019 issue of Healthcare Design.

The project was a design collaboration between Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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European Healthcare Design Awards recognize NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was shortlisted for two European Healthcare Design Awards. The project is a finalist in the Healthcare Design over 25,000 SM and Design Innovation for Quality Improvement categories. The awards, organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, celebrate professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world. The awards will be presented at a ceremony during the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London on June 18.

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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.

Ballinger’s Partnership with Spark Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal

In recognition of our sustained investment in the work of Spark Philadelphia, Ballinger was selected as one of Philadelphia’s Faces of Philanthropy by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Ballinger Associate Principal Sara Ridenour, AIA, LEED BD+C and Spark Executive Director Deirdre Hake will accept the award at an event on April 11 at the Crystal Tea Room.

Spark is a national non-profit dedicated to helping middle school students achieve successful futures. Spark views the transition from young teens to young adults as an important time to show students what’s possible, especially since middle school is the time in which students risk academic disengagement. Spark Philadelphia has created over 400 transformative mentorships since launching in 2013 as Spark’s first east coast site. Spark Philadelphia currently partners with 4 underserved schools in Philadelphia and 18 company partners, including Ballinger.

Ballinger has supported Spark through donations and volunteerism since 2015, mentoring over 25 students and participating in peer-to-peer fundraising. In 2018 Sara Ridenour joined Spark’s Advisory Board and Ballinger’s Fränc Luu was recognized with Spark’s Veteran Mentor Award for his commitment to the program.

The Faces of Philanthropy award is an endorsement of B::Engaged, Ballinger’s employee-run community service initiative founded in 2015. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective. The group brings together various volunteer efforts throughout the office, and provides a home for staff members interested in enriching the built and social fabric of our community.

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.

A. James Clark Hall awarded LEED Gold

A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park was awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 184,000 GSF, six-floor engineering building is home to high-performance laboratory, instructional, and maker spaces. An open plan environment provides an abundance of natural light and is paired with a robust building envelope and high efficiency mechanical systems. These systems are exposed and composed throughout the building to inspire students, including a transparent two-story chiller plant that serves as didactic engagement for engineering students passing by the building. Energy wheels, passive solar shading, high efficiency chillers, displacement ventilation and 100% storm water management are among the sustainable features that contributed to LEED Gold Certification.

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Ballinger’s A. James Clark Hall wins AIA Pennsylvania Award

A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park received an Honor Award at the 2018 AIA Pennsylvania Design Awards Program. The Architectural Excellence Design Awards Program celebrates exceptional design from firms and individuals across the State. These awards honor excellence in design and innovation, contributions to the profession of architecture, and commitment to the quality of the built environment.

A. James Clark Hall is the flagship building for the A. James Clark School of Engineering and is a vibrant contributor to the College Park campus. Its ground floor is home to a “working commons” student innovation lab, a highly-flexible student team-based makerspace for both small and large projects. Upper floors feature flexible loft labs to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across a wide variety of research modalities. Abundant transparency contributes to a vibrant, diurnal environment for inspiring discovery.

The 2018 jury was based in Chicago and included Carol Ross Barney, FAIA of Ross Barney Architects, Martin Felsen, FAIA of UrbanLab, and Casey Jones of Perkins + Will. Clark Hall’s innovation lab “created a technical yet transparent environment for learning that captured our imagination,” they reported about the project. “The ‘working commons’ stole the show.”

NYP’s David H. Koch Center named Best Healthcare Project of 2018 by ENR

The New York chapter of Engineering News-Record (ENR) named the David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian the Best Healthcare Project of 2018. The 740,000 SF project was a design collaboration between Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

ENR’s annual awards program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them. NYP’s David H. Koch Center was submitted for the award by construction manager Turner Construction.

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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.

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.

Ballinger Recognized at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

Ballinger’s work was recognized at the Design + Health International Academy Awards held in Vienna, Austria during the Design + Health World Congress.

Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute won an award for its use of art in public and private spaces and was the overall winner in the Interior Design category. Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care won an award in the category of Sustainable Urban and Built Environment.

The Design + Health International Academy Awards is a leading advocacy program recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy built environments.

Ballinger principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the awards at a gala dinner at Vienna’s historical City Hall, chaired by Professor Alan Dilani, founder of the International Academy for Design + Health.

Ballinger’s Partnership with the Community Design Collaborative Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal

In recognition of our sustained investment in the work of the Community Design Collaborative, Ballinger was selected as one of Philadelphia’s Faces of Philanthropy by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Principal Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the award on behalf of Ballinger at an event on April 6 at the Ballroom at the Ben.

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. Over 80 Ballinger employees have volunteered with the Collaborative over the years, and 14 employees are currently working on three projects. Ballinger Designer Bonnie Netel, who leads one of the projects said, “It’s been great to watch Ballinger’s participation gain momentum. Our work with the Collaborative is supported internally, and it’s horizontal; employees at every level contribute. Now that we have three ongoing Collaborative projects, we have the opportunity to exchange ideas between groups and create buzz around the office.”

The Faces of Philanthropy award is an endorsement of B::Engaged, Ballinger’s employee-run community service initiative founded in 2015. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective. The group brings together various volunteer efforts throughout the office, and provides a home for staff members interested in enriching the built and social fabric of our community.

Ballinger to Receive Community Design Collaborative Leverage Award

The Community Design Collaborative will honor Ballinger with its 2017 Leverage Award on April 4th at Pennovation Center.

Beth Miller, executive director for the Collaborative, says, “We’re recognizing Ballinger for their enduring partnership with us and the great work they’re doing in Philadelphia. They’ve volunteered through us to help local nonprofits… and encouraged their staff to do everything from digging flower beds on Love Your Park Day to giving high school students hands-on experience with design.”

The Leverage Award recognizes local leaders for their commitment to strengthening neighborhoods through design. As the name suggests, it celebrates the leveraging of sought-after skills of architects and other design professionals to help Philadelphia nonprofits launch life-changing projects in their communities.

The Collaborative has matched Ballinger employees with six nonprofit-led community development ventures. They have already donated over 500 hours of pro bono architectural and engineering assistance that would have otherwise cost $45,000—with more projects in the works. The Collaborative/Ballinger partnership has been significant enough to gain recognition in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Faces of Philanthropy, which honors strong for-profit/nonprofit partnerships throughout the region.

For example, Ballinger recently worked alongside residents to re-imagine several SEPTA viaduct underpasses as colorful, bright, art-filled spaces that reconnect residents in North Central Philadelphia. Using photos and sketches, they polled over 300 residents about their favorite ideas for the massive viaducts. The imagery behind their designs—porches, beacons, and streams—were drawn from conversations with the North Central community.

“The Collaborative creates a hub where neighborhoods and the design community can work together. It provides a connection to Philadelphia, to see what my community looks like, how people live, and how I participate in that. It’s a great opportunity,” says Ballinger Architectural Designer Bonnie Netel.

Ballinger Principal Terry Steelman will accept the Leverage Award on behalf of the firm at Leverage 2017. The event will be held at the LEED Gold Pennovation Center, for which Ballinger provided MEP and structural engineering. Leverage 2017 will bring over 300 supporters of community design to Pennovation Center, a blend of offices, labs, and production space housed in a former paint manufacturing plant. Like the Collaborative, Pennovation Center is preserving Philadelphia’s authentic, sometimes rough-around-the-edges buildings and spaces and giving them new roles that create jobs and strengthen communities.

Evaluating the Benefits of Decentralized Stations Beyond Patient Visibility

Ballinger recently conducted a post-occupancy evaluation to assess how effective the inclusion of decentralized caregiver stations are toward improving staff and patient experience in the medical/surgical inpatient environment.

The research team focused on the Ballinger-designed Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital that was completed in 2015 and utilized data and survey results to compare the new floors, each featuring decentralized caregiver stations to existing units which previously accommodated the same patient populations and were built with a single caregiver station and no decentralized stations.  By controlling for patient populations and consistent staff, the study focused on the physical environment. Its results support a strong case for the use of decentralized stations with benefits extending beyond patient visibility.

This research was published by the AIA AAH Academy Journal in an article written by Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr. AIA, ACHA, ACHE and senior associate Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED BD+C, EDAC entitled “The decentralized station: More than just patient visibility”.

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Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs Achieves LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (UTL) was recently awarded LEED Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). Platinum is USGBC’s highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which serves as the foremost standard in sustainable building and design.

Ballinger provided architecture, programming, planning, and engineering services in the development of this light-filled learning and research facility that supports Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics departments. The design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Report, which called for an aggressive 51% reduction in carbon emissions.

A multitude of sustainability features were woven into the building’s framework. Ballinger’s design placed emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable site development, and interior environmental quality. The facility is designed to use 50% less energy than similar lab buildings, by employing decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and dual energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air.  As a result, the project has been recognized with sustainability awards as well as design awards.

As an integrated architecture and engineering firm, Ballinger is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable design. This month, Ballinger Associate Principal Brad Crowley will accept a 1st place Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at the Annual ASHRAE Winter Conference for the advanced energy-efficient solutions utilized in this building.

Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative Recognizes B::Engaged

“People need to look at philanthropic energies in two ways. Often they see how they are giving back, but firm leaders in particular need to appreciate that they get something in return. Their staff gets enlightenment and fulfillment that breeds esprit de corps. Leadership through philanthropic engagement strengthens interpersonal skills, decision-making, and growth. And the community as a whole benefits.” Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, outlined the far-reaching benefits of Ballinger’s volunteer efforts, in an interview with the Community Design Collaborative. The Collaborative profiled B::Engaged, Ballinger’s community engagement group, in a recent post.

B::Engaged connects with and impacts the Philadelphia community through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective while enriching the built and social fabric of our surroundings.

B::Engaged members participated in the recent Community Design Collaborative project, Making Connections: Conceptual Design for Under the Viaduct. Residents of a North Central Philadelphia neighborhood were reluctant to walk through dark, underutilized underpasses of a rail viaduct. The purpose of the project was to reimagine the underpasses as connectors, linking neighbors and amenities. The volunteer design team met with community groups and conducted research to develop design solutions to improve three underpasses.  The resulting report was used to generate funding to implement the improvements.

The Community Design Collaborative’s model is to provide pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creating engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raising awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. Since 1991 they’ve matched communities with volunteer design professionals, to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.

To read the Community Design Collaborative’s profile, click here.