Category: Events

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

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

Inova Eastern Region Oakville at Potomac Yard breaks ground

The Ballinger | Ennead design team celebrated the Inova Eastern Region Oakville at Potomac Yard groundbreaking on Tuesday, November 16.

Characterized by its sculptural and humanistic design, the soft curving architectural forms of the new medical and emergency facility are welcoming and will engage the urban context and contribute to the redevelopment of Alexandria, Virginia’s Oakville Triangle neighborhood. The new Inova facility is a service of Inova Alexandria Hospital and will include a comprehensive emergency room, imaging services, an Inova Primary Care Center, and medical offices for other Inova and community providers.

DesignPhiladelphia Installation

Ballinger partnered with Brickworks Philadelphia, Hoffman Design Group and the International Masonry Institute to create an installation for the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, which kicks off Wednesday, October 6. Informed by the unique shapes of the Philadelphia skyline and built using locally sourced bricks, this installation invites visitors to explore the “old and new” urban relationships of this city.

“Our inspiration for the design concentrated around the juxtaposition of the city’s skyline and its interaction with the lower-rise built forms. Our team found this to be a unique characteristic of the city, where modern skyscrapers can be a short walking distance from an early historic dwelling. This clash of the two not only provides a visual identity, but it portrays the intertwined history of the city through its built form,” said Ballinger’s Adam Stott, who co-led the design.  

The installation will be at Cherry Street Pier through October 17.       

Integrating Lean and EBD

Ballinger Senior Healthcare Planner Fernanda Pires was among the presenting faculty of “Transforming Outcomes: Integrating Lean and EBD,” a virtual workshop hosted by The Center for Health Design.

The interactive workshop examined how Lean methods can be informed, complemented, and enhanced by evidence-based design (EBD), including research findings, data collection and analysis. Maximizing value, eliminating waste, and continuous improvement are at the core of Lean, while improving safety and quality is at the core of evidence-based design. Through coaching and simulations, the workshop instructed participants on integrating and applying Lean and EBD principles to future projects.

Bringing the Outside In

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, ACHA presented “Bringing the Outside In” at the 2021 European Healthcare Design Congress.

Focused on how nature and salutogenic design can influence clinical environments, the talk included case studies illustrating the concepts of transparency, community and a medical village. Driven by innovation, sustainability, and evidence-based design, the examples demonstrate how modern healthcare designs can serve as anchors within their communities, both as physical campuses and through their lasting community involvement and outreach.

The presentation was part of a session on “Healthy community design and infrastructure,” and was followed by a panel discussion with participants from the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the US.  The European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress, now in its seventh year, is organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange. The theme of this year’s event was “Creative destruction: Design innovation in the face of existential threats.”

Link to presentation

AIA AAH Committee Tours Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger Principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA and Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC led a tour of Penn Medicine Radnor for AIA Philadelphia’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) committee.

Penn Medicine Radnor, a 250,000 SF ambulatory care center, is designed for regeneration of both the site and human health. Floor-to-ceiling glass brings light and views inside, while landscaped gardens, walking paths and groves of na­tive plants invite occupants outdoors. Inspired by environmental stewardship and biophilia, the design embraces nature, physically and philosophically. It fosters a holistic healing experience through a soothing palette, connections to nature, and dignified accommodations for pa­tients, family and caregivers.

The tour of the completed project was a follow-up to a construction tour held for AIA AAH members in 2020.

VCU STEM Building Tops Out

The new STEM building at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) reached a milestone on May 4. A beam signing and “Topping Out” ceremony marked the placing of the last beam of the structure. The beam was signed by Dr. Michael Rao, President of VCU, and Dr. Jennifer Malat, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as members of the VCU community and design and construction team.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the STEM building will be the crossroads of instruction, collaboration and discovery for the sciences at VCU. Ballinger and Quinn Evans designed the building, with Ballinger providing architecture and MEP engineering services.

Watch a video of the ceremony

Regional Healthcare Outlook with Christina Grimes

Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC moderated a panel discussion organized by AIA Philadelphia and SMPS Philadelphia. Panelists Diana Henkel, Assistant Director of Infrastructure at NYU Langone Health; Kelly Miller, Architect and Project Manager at RWJBarnabas Health; and Suzanne Morris, Director of Construction Management at Nemours Children’s Health System discussed topics driving facilities decision-making.

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State-of-the-Art Healing Environments: Heart and Cancer Care

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, ACHA, ACHE and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP were invited to speak at the spring 2021 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The series, “Design & Construction of Health and Healthcare Facilities in the Context of Continuum of Care,” is hosted by the College of Architecture and the Health Science Center School of Public Health.

The presentation, to be broadcast on Zoom Friday, April 9 at 12 noon, includes case studies of heart and cancer centers, ranging from New York City to the Great Plains. Louis and Erin will also participate in a virtual critique of student work, furthering the exchange of ideas between academia and practice.

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Panel: Looking Towards the Future

Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA participated in a panel organized by AIA Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA). The event, titled “What Have We Learned? AIA, GBCA, and COAA PA Look Towards the Future,” examined recent innovations and trends in the building industry and explored how the building process will evolve for designers, builders, and owners.

Link to details ​What Have We Learned? AIA, GBCA, and COAA PA Look Towards the Future!

Ballinger Continues Support of Future City

Ballinger was a sponsor of the annual Philadelphia Region Future City Competition, an educational engineering program for middle-school students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Using the engineering design process as a framework, students design a city and describe it through an essay, a scale model, and a video. This year’s theme was Living on the Moon.  

Central Jersey College Prep received the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award” for Starling City, a lunar community with a greenhouse, electric power plant and a transportation system powered by friction collected from rubberized polymer.

Ballinger has been an annual sponsor of the competition since 2017, with the goal of enhancing interest in engineering and building the pipeline of diverse practitioners. 

Angela Fante to Speak at Engineering Mentoring Event

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer, Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, will participate in a virtual mentoring event hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE). WiSE Philadelphia is an affiliate of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) and provides a community for female structural engineers.

The event, scheduled for Thursday, January 28th at 4:30 PM, will include a formal Q&A followed by questions from attendees.  

Link to details

Healthcare Design Magazine Covers Ballinger talk

Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, presented “The Spectrum of Technologies: The Current and Future State of Healthcare” at the Healthcare Design Virtual Conference. The presentation examined technology’s role in healthcare and how it can be employed to enhance the experience of patients and caregivers. The session explored how healthcare design will adapt over the next 10 years to accommodate rapidly evolving technologies.

Read HCD’s coverage of the session

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Healthcare Design Q&A with Ballinger’s Louis Meilink

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE was interviewed by Healthcare Design magazine about how rapidly evolving technology is impacting the planning and design of healthcare environments. He will present “The Spectrum of Technologies: The Current and Future State of Healthcare” with Ballinger Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP at this year’s HCD Virtual conference.

Link to interview

Design’s Ability to Transform + Deliver Population Health

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC, presented Design’s Ability to Transform + Deliver Population Health at this year’s European Healthcare Design Congress. The theme of the virtual event was “At the Tipping Point: Designing for Population and Planetary Health.” Ballinger’s poster and presentation explored how innovative technologies and thoughtful design can increase access to healthcare and promote healthier aging.

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Ballinger supports the Community Design Collaborative’s Leverage virtual event

The Community Design Collaborative held their annual fundraiser virtually on Thursday, raising over $105,000 to provide preliminary design services to local non-profit organizations.

The program included remarks from Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA and the Collaborative’s Interim Executive Director, Jenn Richard. This year’s Leverage Award honoree was Judee M. Bavaria, President Emeritus of Presby’s Inspired Life, who has been key to expanding and enrich­ing affordable senior housing in our region.

Over 200 attendees participated via Zoom, connecting Philadelphia’s architecture, engineering and construction community at a time when in-person events are prohibited, and the city is wrestling with economic unrest and disparity.

Ballinger is a corporate champion sponsor of the Collaborative and over 30 staff members have volunteered time on Collaborative projects. Past Leverage Award recipients include Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA; president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD; and Connor Barwin, NFL player and founder of Make the World Better Foundation (MTWB).

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Celebrates Expansion Opening

Tomorrow, March 7, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital will celebrate the opening of a 250,000 SF expansion and 26,000 SF renovation designed to transform the campus and improve patient care. Chester County residents will have the opportunity to gather at the new Pavilion for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and celebration.

The design of Chester County Hospital’s expansion is inspired by the Mediterranean heritage of the hospital’s original building, designed in the 1920s. Comprising a new main entry, procedural platform, emergency department, parking garage and new bed tower, the expansion will make world-class healthcare accessible to all in Chester County.

Ballinger completed the first phase of the expansion, Lasko Tower, a 100,000 SF, four-story building with patient rooms for telemetry, surgical care, and maternity units, in 2014.  A post-occupancy evaluation of Lasko Tower was then completed and its findings were used to inform the design of the next phases of the expansion.

A new emergency department, with a separate entrance, will significantly expand the hospital’s capabilities to better serve the needs of patients and is designed with the flexibility to become a trauma center. The expansion features private prep-recovery rooms with decentralized care, as well as surgical and interventional rooms co-located for collaboration, flexibility and efficiency of shared resources.

New glass elements and courtyards compliment the white stucco and tile roofs of the existing campus. They enable intuitive wayfinding while providing access to daylight and nature. A ground floor courtyard serves as a verdant extension of the lobby, with seating beneath a canopy of ginkgo trees. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the project includes an expansive green roof atop the procedural platform. Rooftop plantings will improve stormwater management, reduce heat build-up, and provide green views for guests.

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Ballinger’s Angela Fante Authors Structural Engineering Walking Tour

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, created a walking tour of structural engineering sights in downtown St. Louis, MO. Available on the PocketSights mobile app, the tour is designed for professional engineers as well as a general audience and highlights structural engineering feats throughout the city.

Angela serves as Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE SEI) and with SEI support, created the three-mile tour for the upcoming Structures Congress scheduled to take place in St. Louis April 5-8. The tour includes stops at Union Station Hotel (the conference venue and a historic former train station containing what was once the world’s longest truss span), the iconic Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, and the Wainwright Building, a Louis Sullivan building which is often referred to as the first successful utilization of steel construction.

Available for download now, the tour will officially debut at a Structures Congress networking event on April 5.


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

Spark Mentorship Match Day

On February 27th, Ballinger volunteers will be paired with 7th grade students participating in Spark in Philadelphia, a non-profit program dedicated to helping middle schoolers achieve successful futures. Through one-on-one mentorships that include 9 weekly sessions at Ballinger, students will develop a project related to their career aspirations. By introducing students to our workplace environment and supporting them in completing a deadline-driven project, Ballinger volunteers are helping equip students with the skills for future success.

The mentorship culminates in Share Your Spark, an event where students and mentors present their projects – anything from working electrical circuits to marketing plans – to their colleagues, friends, families and the community.

Ballinger has supported Spark through donations and volunteerism since 2015, providing individual mentorships for over 25 students as well as hosting Spark Lab workshops for 20+ students each fall and participating in peer-to-peer fundraising. In 2018 Ballinger Associate Principal Sara Ridenour joined Spark’s Advisory Board and Ballinger designer Fränc Luu was recognized with Spark’s Veteran Mentor Award for his commitment to the program. In 2019 the Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Ballinger’s partnership with Spark in their annual Faces of Philanthropy round-up.

Ballinger Presents at ISPE Facilities of the Future Conference

Experts from Ballinger, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and IPS gave a presentation at the ISPE 2020 Facilities of the Future Conference. Their talk “Manufacturing Cell and Gene Therapies within the Academic Medical Center Environment” explored the road to a fully validated drug development facility and how architecture and engineering can support the translational research continuum from bench to bedside.

Ballinger Principal Dennis Potter, PE, LEED AP joined Johannes van der Loo, PhD of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Anthony Relvas of IPS to share a case study of a new 15,000 SF cGMP facility on CHOP’s West Philadelphia campus. The presentation covered early planning stages through design, construction, commissioning and qualification, with a focus on how a fully integrated team developed a space that is helping to realize the enormous promise of gene transfer therapy to address unmet medical needs.

The mission of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is to connect pharmaceutical knowledge to deliver manufacturing and supply chain innovation, operational excellence and regulatory insights. Their annual Facilities of the Future Conference, held this year in San Francisco, brings together professionals involved in all facets of the pharmaceutical manufacturing lifecycle.

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 Project ILSB Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Recent Ballinger project, the new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will host a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting this Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The program will feature remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Miller Jr., and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. The celebration will include building tours, hands-on life science activities, active learning demonstrations, and GRIT-X: a series of short talks presented by UMBC staff highlighting the importance of diversity in research. Additionally, Volkan Alkanoglu, the artist who created the building’s striking art installation “INFLIGHT,” will be present for questions.

The new 131,000 SF ILSB includes wet bench life science research space, shared scientific research core spaces, new multidisciplinary science teaching labs and active learning classrooms. Office spaces for faculty and research assistants are also included to support the research mission of the building. UMBC is a pioneer in teaching non-major foundation labs in an active learning classroom setting and report improved student outcomes due to team learning requirements that increase attendance and promote peer to peer learning. The four 90-person classrooms included in ILSB expand this teaching style on campus and help promote its success.

“UMBC requested a transparent building that put science on display. The interesting challenge was to create a place that would foster strong sense of community for the researchers, while opening the building to the broader campus community that use the classrooms, teaching labs and shared study spaces. The Commons unify these two user groups into one flowing connected space while maintaining layers of security and privacy.” – Steve Bartlett, Lead Designer

Link to event details

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

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 presents “The Big Five” Healthcare Planning + Design Strategies

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, ACHA, ACHE, and Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP were invited to speak at the spring 2019 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The televised series, “Health Systems and Networks: The New Clients,” is hosted by the College of Architecture and the Health Science Center School of Public Health.

The presentation examined the “Big Five” key design decisions that enable adaptability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. Described through case studies of recent projects, the presentation covered trends in health systems, patient-centered care and technology.

Link to video of presentation

Ballinger Leads Tour of A. James Clark Hall at University of Maryland, College Park

Ballinger led a tour of the A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park as part of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The 184,000 SF Clark Hall facilitates world class learning and discovery by bringing together students and faculty across the spectrum of engineering disciplines into a vibrant innovation environment. A “working commons” promotes student team-based collaboration, and flexible, transparent research laboratories enable world class convergent bioengineering research. In addition to active learning classrooms and dynamic laboratory environments, the inclusion of the Leidos Innovation Lab and Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices results in a unique co-mingling of education and entrepreneurship that facilitates the transition of research from the lab to the marketplace.

The tour was led by Ballinger’s principal-in-charge Craig Spangler, AIA, engineering principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, project architect Nicholas Hollot, AIA, LEED AP, mechanical engineer Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP and University of Maryland’s deputy director of operations and maintenance Rob Hermstein.



SCUP members tour Ballinger-designed Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at UMBC

Ballinger co-led a tour of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Located in the center of campus, the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ISBL) will be a shared hub for research and teaching and home to multi-disciplinary instructional laboratories. Ballinger provided architectural and engineering services for the 130,000 SF building, which is scheduled to open in summer 2019.

The tour was led by UMCB, Ballinger and Whiting Turner. Tour guides from UMBC included Project Manager Tom Argasinski, Director and University Architect Joe Rexing, and Associate Director for Quality Management Larry Hennessey. Ballinger was represented by Project Designer Steve Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP, Project Director Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect Edward Strockbine, RA, LEED AP and Project Engineer Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP. Whiting-Turner tour guides included Senior Project Manager Andrew Light, Project Manager Stephen Chesko and Senior Superintendent Eric Gresham.

SCUP is a community of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. Their 5000+ members represent the areas of planning, finance, administration, research, and IT who are charged with planning for the future of colleges and universities and the success of students.

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Designing Space for Nomadic Workers

Many of today’s workers are nomads – moving from one place to another within a building or campus, or working remotely with periodic visits to the office. How can workplace design enable flexibility, and how do the solutions compare in corporate, academic and healthcare environments?

Writer Patricia Washburn covered the topic in her Tradeline Report “Designing Space for Nomadic Workers,” based on presentations by members of Ballinger’s Research + Strategy team.

“More and more, workers aren’t going to an office and sitting at the same desk Monday through Friday….These nomadic workers are often mobile by choice, taking advantage of the flexibility that technology has enabled for academic staff, knowledge workers, and even healthcare employees,” Washburn writes.

Principal Keith C.H. Mock, AIA, associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, and senior associate Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP contributed to the research. They looked across a range of work environments to illustrate the continuity of workplace strategies.

The Research + Strategy team at Ballinger builds on experience gained through diverse project types to design evidence-based, high-performing environments.  The team’s unique methodology combines a series of well-honed tools, critical thinking, and cross-market knowledge to better inform project design and outcomes.  This takes the form of detailed pre- and post-occupancy analysis and evaluations, branding and change management communications.

Link to article

The Big 5: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP presented “The Big 5: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future” at the 2018 Healthcare Design Conference in Phoenix. The presentation examined the key design decisions that enable adaptability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. Utilizing digital audience polling, the presenters facilitated real-time information exchange among attendees about key planning decisions and perceptions. Produced by Healthcare Design magazine in association with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, the conference showcases research, trends and strategies in the healthcare design industry.

Link to presentation

Ballinger presents A. James Clark to architecture students

Ballinger senior associate Nicholas Hollot, AIA, LEED AP gave a lecture and tour to students at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He presented an overview of A. James Clark Hall, the new bioengineering building on the University of Maryland College Park campus, and led a tour through the building.

Ballinger 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.

Ballinger on Equity and Inclusion Panel

Ballinger senior associate Roberto Carretero, AIA, LEED BD+C participated in a panel, “Equity and Inclusion in Architecture: The Stories of Four Latino Architects,” organized by AIA Philadelphia and Philadelphia Emerging Architects (PEA). Roberto, along with Fátima Olivieri of KieranTimberlake, Eduardo Guzman of DCM Architecture and Engineering, and Ariel Vazquez of Blackney Hayes Architects, shared their personal experiences in architecture. The event, held at SITIO and moderated by Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA, coincided with National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ballinger Presents at Bridges Interdisciplinary Art and Mathematics Conference

Ballinger associate Andrew Sniderman, AIA gave a presentation at the 2018 Bridges Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. He demonstrated a new type of system related to mathematical dissections, called a dissection tiling system. The system has applications in surface design, art and architecture, including wall surfaces, floors, ceiling and facades.

Bridges is an annual interdisciplinary conference on art and mathematics. This year’s event was held at Stockholm’s National Museum of Science and Technology.

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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

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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Ballinger Presents at 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference

Ballinger Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP presented at this year’s International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference in Boston, MA. The I2SL annual conference is a technical forum focused on strategies to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities.

Their presentation, “Share the Air: Cascading Air Strategies Using Neutral Temperature Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems” explores how cascading air strategies can be applied to the design of complex buildings to optimize energy savings from first costs to continued maintenance.

Illustrated with examples from Ballinger’s portfolio, the presentation highlighted successful design and engineering strategies to minimize energy use and reduce costs through the use of neutral temperature dedicated outdoor air systems.


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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 Presents at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

Ballinger principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Eric Swanson, AIA attended the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) Design + Health World Congress held in Vienna, Austria July 12-16. The program for the conference and exhibition explored public health on a global scale.

Louis and Eric presented the recently completed Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care in a talk titled “A Closer Look at the U.S. Healthcare Built Environment.”

With experts from the UK, Italy, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil and others, the conference was an opportunity to exchange ideas and review progress to improve patient care.

Post-Occupancy Research Exhibited at European Healthcare Design Congress and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange

As part of Ballinger’s commitment to designing facilities that optimize the healthcare experience for patients, families, and staff, our teams conduct post-occupancy evaluations (POE) on completed projects to assess and monitor how they are used. Particularly illuminating was a recent POE conducted on the new Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital (PMCCH).

The research team, led by Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Project Healthcare Planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, assessed how effective the inclusion of decentralized caregiver stations are toward improving staff and patient experience in the medical/surgical inpatient environment. By comparing four new floors of the tower, each with a unique layout featuring decentralized caregiver stations, to the hospital’s existing units which previously accommodated the same patient populations and were built with a single caregiver station, they were able to control for patient populations and consistent staff. The result was a study focused solely ¬on the physical environment.

The POE findings were strongly indicative of the benefits of decentralized caregiver stations. Patient and staff overall satisfaction scores increased by 113% in the new Lasko Tower units as compared to the pre-existing hospital units featuring central nursing cores. Sixty-six percent of staff felt that decentralized stations improved their ability to deliver quality patient care, and ninety-one percent of patients said that the stations improved the way they felt cared for in the new building. The decentralized stations resulted in reduced walking distances and increased patient time for staff, as well as improved fall rates and noise levels for patients. These results suggest an improved patient care environment.

The study was displayed at the 2017 European Healthcare Design Congress held at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK, and published by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, a global media, publishing and research organization whose mission is improving human and planetary health.

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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.

Tradeline Features UM’s Taubman Health Sciences Library

Tradeline recently published a report entitled, “Transformation to Exclusively Digital Library Frees Up Space for UMichigan Medical School,” highlighting Ballinger’s design for the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. The report describes how this 137,000SF addition and renovation of the Medical School was originally conceived as an update to the library’s sixth floor lounge before student feedback convinced the school of the need to modernize the entire facility.

Ballinger’s Team, led by Principal Todd Drake, collaborated with the school as they renovated their curriculum in tandem with the building design process. The result is a state-of-the art completely digital library and study space that embraces the future of medical scholarship. With the University’s print collection now located off-site, the design team had the flexibility to maximize active clinical learning spaces and provide well-lit and comfortable spaces for quiet study and relaxation.

Read the report.

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.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

This month Ballinger staff members attended a luncheon organized by Turner Construction at a project site in New York City. Approximately 70 team members, including more than 30 woman trade contractors, attended. The appreciation event highlighted the progress made by Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a workforce development program that prepares women for careers in the construction, transportation, energy, and facilities maintenance industries.

Turner Construction, a frequent Ballinger collaborator, also showed their support of women in the field by helping to fund to a feature-length documentary, “Hard Hatted Woman.” The film, about women who work in construction trades, is set to premiere in 2018.

 The women and men of Ballinger are proud to support our industry colleagues during Women’s History Month and throughout the year.

The Universal Prep/Recovery: A New Paradigm or Smoke and Mirrors?

Ballinger’s Director of Healthcare Planning, Dwight Smith, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, and Senior Healthcare Planner Richard Lawless, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC presented a talk at the 2017 PDC Summit in Orlando, an annual international conference on health facility planning, design and construction.

Their presentation, “The Universal Prep/Recovery: A New Paradigm or Smoke and Mirrors?” explored the benefits and limitations of a universal room design. Building a universal room can impact construction, it can affect the clinical care model – primarily in the areas of patient safety and efficiency of the workplace environment – and it can improve consumer satisfaction.

Illustrated with examples from Ballinger’s portfolio, the presentation highlighted the benefits of multi-functional standardized spaces, such as a universal prep recovery room, to provide adaptability and flexibility for the future.

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The Whole Box: Beyond Pre-Fabrication

For decades architects, engineers and contractors have speculated about how the healthcare building process can be improved. Pre-fabrication offers dramatic opportunities for construction process improvement and quality control. What are the right applications for pre-fabrication in healthcare and what factors should be considered at the start of design?

Ballinger Principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Barry Finkelstein, PE and Healthcare Planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, along with Richard Lanzarone, a Project Executive at Turner Construction Co., explored these questions at the 2017 PDC Summit in Orlando, an annual international conference on health facility planning, design and construction. Their presentation “The Whole Box: Beyond Pre-Fabrication,” illustrated the spectrum of pre-fabrication possibilities, from components to structural modules, and outlined a process to help clients determine if a project, or part of a project, is right for pre-fabrication.

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Ballinger Applies 3D Printing Technology as a Hands-On Tool for Streamlining Healthcare Design

Three-dimensional printing capabilities are becoming a fixture in Ballinger’s healthcare planning and design process. In an effort to provide clients with the most effective means to collaborate and assess options, Ballinger’s design team employed 3D printed model pieces to design 28 procedure rooms in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP). The model pieces were used in interdisciplinary role playing workshops with users during Schematic Design and Design Development.

At the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Houston,  (left to right)  Erin N. Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Ballinger, Louis Meilink, Jr. AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Principal, Ballinger Ellie Dalton, VP, Facilities Strategic Planning, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dwight Smith AIA, NCARB, EDAC, Senior Associate, Ballinger presented on the topic.

At the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Houston,  (left to right)  Erin N. Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Ballinger, Louis Meilink, Jr. AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Principal, Ballinger Ellie Dalton, VP, Facilities Strategic Planning, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dwight Smith AIA, NCARB, EDAC, Senior Associate, Ballinger presented on the topic.

An abbreviated PDF version of the presentation entitled “How NewYork-Presbyterian Employed 3D Printing to Revamp the Planning Process” can be found here.

Rather than using 3D print technology for massing models or façade explorations, the Ballinger team took 3D printing to a new level, creating printed pieces of all the equipment in the procedure rooms; from surgical tables and anesthesia carts to fixed imaging equipment and waste bins. Over 250 moveable 3D printed pieces were made to cover 22 procedure case types.


In the user group workshops, the presence of model pieces generated excitement and cultivated a heightened level of focus and engagement – as well as fun – amongst the participants. A key advantage of this process was the ability to try various layouts quickly and efficiently, eliminating scenarios that did not work, and honing in on the details of the most promising scenarios. As a result of these sessions, room layouts were solidified early in the design process and a template design was developed for Ambulatory Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy procedure rooms. In a bold move, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy were designed to be OR-like, including applying clean flow, while improving operational and space efficiency.

People photographing models

Building on the success of the planning process for the NYP Ambulatory Care Center, Ballinger has continued to invest in 3D printing technologies and has applied this strategy on several other projects.

The Evolving Quadruple Aim: Improving Public Health and the Importance of Place

In 2007 the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed the Triple Aim framework, an approach to optimizing health system performance. The idea was to simultaneously improve the patient care experience, improve the health of a population, and reduce per capita healthcare costs. Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE paraphrases the goals of the framework as “delivering the right care for the right price at the right time.”

Given the impact of the Affordable Care Act and current trends in population health, today’s healthcare institutions and planners must also consider a fourth aim: the right place. The Evolving Quadruple Aim builds on the IHI framework to include the importance of place. By considering the location, scale and services provided within a facility, healthcare planners can optimize operations and improve population health.

Ballinger is studying the spectrum of healthcare from homecare and telehealth to academic medical centers. By understanding and balancing the benefits of on-demand access, tertiary and quaternary care, spaces for community use and other factors, Ballinger is studying and advocating for improved population health through the design of health facilities.

Louis Meilink and Senior Healthcare Planner Debbie Phillips, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, were invited to speak at the Fall 2016 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The series, “The Global Impact of the Concept of Population Health on the Design of Health Networks and Health Facilities,” invites experienced public health and design professionals, who have programmed and designed healthcare facilities, to present on relevant themes. Louis and Debbie presented “Research-based Design: Fundamental to Architectural Excellence While Advancing Population Health” and answered questions from students, faculty members, design professionals and an international delegation. The presentation coincided with the annual meeting of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems and Design’s Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC).

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Facility Solutions for the New Medical Education Models and the ‘Renovate, Repurpose or Build’ Decision

Ballinger Principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP presented a talk at Tradeline’s 2016 Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and the Health Sciences conference. Todd was joined by the University of Michigan Medical School’s Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Bradley R. Densen, MPH, Director of Office of Medical Student Education, as well as Joseph C Fantone III, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

The presentation, titled “Facility Solutions for the New Medical Education Models and the ‘Renovate, Repurpose or Build’ Decision,” examined different approaches to facility modernization. Ballinger designed the renovation of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan and the Harrell Medical Education Building at the University of Florida. These case studies illustrate the decision factors and planning implications of choosing to renovate, repurpose or build medical education facilities.

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A Library for Medical Education and the Digital Age

A ceremony marking the re-opening of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) at the University of Michigan took place Wednesday 9/16 in Ann Arbor. Once home to over 500,000 books and journals, the THSL is now a technologically-advanced learning space with simulation suites, classrooms, collaboration labs, and study areas. Ballinger led the Medical School through a comprehensive project formation and benchmarking effort to determine the most effective design for a 21st century library space. The resulting 137,000 SF addition and renovation transformed the building into a light-filled, flexible facility that promotes collaboration and hands-on learning. In addition to programming, Ballinger served as the design architect and worked closely with local architect of record TMP Architecture.

Tradeline Features Ballinger’s Laboratory Renovation

Tradeline recently published a report featuring Ballinger’s design for Johns Hopkins University’s new Undergraduate Teaching Labs. In it, they detail how this addition and renovation to the Mudd/Levi Biology complex integrates into the campus and modernizes the University’s research capabilities. The structure of the laboratory, seminar, office, and amenity spaces provides a state-of-the-art academic environment for JHU’s chemistry, biology, biophysics, psychology, and neuroscience students, as well as the flexibility for these academic programs to grow and evolve into the future.

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Tradeline Features Ballinger’s Workplace Strategy Team

Ballinger’s Workplace Strategy team was recently featured in a Tradeline report entitled, “Culture Drives Collaboration; Space Design Enhances It.” The article focuses on Ballinger principal, Keith Mock, AIA and Ballinger designer, Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP, and how they combine an understanding of a client’s office culture with a library of industry metrics and research on space utilization to arrive at a tailored workplace strategy and design.

The report presents a number of case studies across a range of industries. In the case of the University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the University’s desire for a strong sense of community inspired a design that combines lab modules, open collaborative areas, and amenities such as shops and restaurants to promote formal and informal learning.

At a Boeing helicopter factory in Pennsylvania, Ballinger’s Workplace Strategy team was tasked with reorganizing the space to integrate engineers into the factory to optimize collaboration while allowing for sufficient space for focused work.

For Merck’s New Jersey headquarters, Ballinger engaged in a year-long research project that included a 27,000 SF pilot workspace to create a custom solution that reflected the Merck culture and work style.

To learn more about Ballinger’s methods for leveraging office culture to create successful workplace designs, read the full article.