Category: Events
Design’s Ability to Transform + Deliver Population Health

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Leveraging expertise to improve communities

Join us at Leverage, a networking fundraiser that celebrates the important work of Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative.

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. As a Corporate Champion sponsor of the Collaborative, Ballinger advances their mission through financial support and volunteer hours.

Join us in supporting this crucial Philadelphia resource:
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6pm – 8pm
The University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: https://cdesignc.org/events/leverage-2020

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 at the Penn Medicine Radnor Run

Ballinger staff members participated in the annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run today, raising money for the American Lung Association. The event included a 5-mile timed running race and 1-mile walk/fun run. Despite wind and rain, Ballinger team runners won first place in two divisions.

Ballinger was among the top fundraising companies and helped exceed the event’s $120,000 fundraising goal. We’re proud to support our client, Penn Medicine, and the American Lung Association.

Ballinger Leads Architecture Students on Tour of Clark Hall

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

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

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

Ballinger 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

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Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of New URI Engineering Center

The new Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI), designed and engineered by Ballinger, officially opens on Monday, October 7. The opening event will kick off with a speaking program at 11am, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and building tours.

The new five-story engineering teaching and research building, the largest construction project in URI’s history, was designed as a new interdisciplinary hub to attract faculty, students and industry partners. A key design feature of the building is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted floor plates. Visible from the exterior, the innovative structural solution evokes the discipline of engineering and engages the campus.

Groundbreaking Celebrated on New Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Hospital

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

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

Link to groundbreaking photos

Ballinger’s Fon Wang to present at the Tyler School

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, will present “What’s New with the Old” at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Part of Tyler’s lecture series, the presentation will illustrate challenges and triumphs of recent adaptive reuse work in Philadelphia and projects that are changing the way we view preservation. The event will take place on September 18 at 4pm.

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Closing the information gap with the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

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

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

Read more about the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

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.

Terry Steelman to present “Get Well Soon(er)” at Drexel University

Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA will present at the Drexel University Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism Twilight Lecture Series tonight.

The series brings to campus notable voices from the region to talk about the design of the built world and its relationship to other disciplines, initiatives and policies. Terry’s presentation, titled “Get Well Soon(er),” will highlight the collaborative possibilities between designers and healthcare providers.

The Twilight Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Hosted by Drexel’s Design Research program, it will take place at 5:30pm in the Screening Room at Drexel’s URBN Annex.

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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

Penn Medicine Radnor Topping Out

Penn Medicine Radnor, a 250,000 SF, four-story, outpatient ambulatory care center, reached a construction milestone Monday. IMC Construction held a “topping out” ceremony to mark the installation of the final piece of structure.

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

The building is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Ballinger Principal to Mentor Women in Engineering and Architecture

Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will participate in a speed mentoring event organized by AIA Philadelphia’s Women in Architecture (WIA) and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers Women In Structural Engineering (DVASE WiSE).  The annual event is an opportunity for quick information exchange in small group settings, focused on goals and professional challenges. Participants rapidly build professional networks and share successful ways to excel in the design profession. This year’s event will be held at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design on Wednesday, April 10.

As a Principal and Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angie has been an integral team member on several significant building projects, while also leading Ballinger’s structural engineering department and consistently raising standards for Ballinger’s construction documents. “I was very fortunate to have had strong mentors during my early years in the profession.  Had it not been for their patience and guidance, I may not still be a practicing engineer!  It’s important for the next generation of architects and engineers to engage with those who have successfully emerged on the other side of those challenging first few years,” Angie said.

Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Project Management, Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was a mentor at the 2018 event. She described the experience as “a wonderful opportunity to connect with many exceptional women in the profession, all learning from each other.”

Link to register

Ballinger to present at Green Building United Sustainability Symposium

In December 2018, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) released a new sustainable design tool – the COTE Top Ten Toolkit – along with an easy to use, interactive “Super Spreadsheet.” The tool draws from the collective wisdom of over 20 years of exemplary projects in the COTE Top Ten Award program and gives project teams the resources to create high performing, sustainable designs for all projects.

Ballinger’s David Hincher, AIA, LEED BD+C served on the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit Committee, and will be co-presenting a talk about it at the Green Building United 2019 Sustainability Symposium. Architects from small to large firms will demonstrate how the toolkit integrates into a design practice and elevates sustainability.

The event will be held Friday, May 3rd at Penn State at The Navy Yard.

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.

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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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Ballinger Celebrates Engineers Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballinger supports engineers of the future

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 develop a virtual city with SimCity, write an essay, build a scale model, and deliver a presentation.

Part of a national initiative to engage students in STEM, the Philadelphia program culminates in a live event judged by professional engineers. Over 100 volunteers gathered at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the competition on January 19, including a group from Ballinger. Throughout the day, budding engineers in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades presented their cities to judges. Radnor Middle School was the proud recipient of the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award,” made possible by Ballinger’s financial contribution to the event.

The Philadelphia competition is one of 39 regional programs around the country, and draws students from Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Future City is an educational outreach program of DiscoveryE, whose mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.

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.

Penn Medicine Radnor Breaks Ground

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

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

Ballinger participates in Virginia STEM Workshop

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

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

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Ballinger presents “Tessellations in Architecture – A Design Dialogue”

Ballinger hosted a design dialogue on tessellations in architecture, from theoretical mathematical concepts, to their application in architectural and interior design, to practical considerations related to production and installation. Ballinger architect and associate Andrew Sniderman, AIA shared his research into tessellations and his definition of a new system related to mathematical dissections, called a dissection tiling system. Chris Stulpin, Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America, shared a case study of translating a tessellation concept into a sustainable product that gives designers options while reducing waste.

The event was part of DesignPhiladelphia, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and the oldest design event of its kind in the country. The annual festival showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals.

At Ballinger, Andrew Sniderman has worked on projects for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and American University. He recently presented his research on tessellations at the Bridges Conference, an annual conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education, and culture.

Chris Stulpin is the Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America, where he leads the design, product management, marketing and project management teams, driving the company’s innovation roadmap and customer experience journey.

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.

 Team
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

Ballinger supports the Community Design Collaborative’s annual Leverage fundraiser

The Community Design Collaborative hosted their annual fundraiser, Leverage, at the University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall in Center City, Philadelphia. The program included remarks by Ballinger principal Eric Swanson, AIA; the Collaborative’s executive director, Elizabeth Miller; and president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD.

Dr. Klasko was presented with the 2018 Leverage Award, which recognizes local leaders for their commitment to strengthening neighborhoods through design. During his remarks he described the importance of design thinking in improving healthcare, and announced CoLab Philadelphia, an initiative to convert an Airstream trailer into a mobile community health outreach platform. Ballinger is proud to be among the firms volunteering professional services to this unique collaboration.

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 Steelman, FAIA and Paul Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District.

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.

Link to slides 

Ballinger volunteers join the Philadelphia Future City Competition to sponsor creativity and engineering among local middle-school students

Ballinger participated in the annual Philadelphia Future City Competition, an educational engineering program for middle-school students to imagine, research, design, and build the cities of the future.

Over 100 volunteers from various institutions — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania among them — gathered at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the final competition on February 20th. Throughout the day, budding engineers in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades presented their detailed dioramas of future cities to judges — including Christopher Bratz, Christine Larsen, and Aaron Harrington of Ballinger.

The Future City Competition is part of a countrywide network of programs created to introduce young students to the engineering profession. An all-girl team from Great Valley Middle School’s 10th grade class was the proud recipient of the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award,” made possible by Ballinger’s financial contribution to the event.

University of Maryland A. James Clark Hall Dedication

Ballinger attended the dedication for  A. James Clark Hall, a transformative bioengineering hub at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 184,000 SF building was designed by Ballinger to facilitate world class research and support Maryland’s growing population of engineering students. It will serve as a home for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and shared instructional space for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. This unique integration of education, discovery and entrepreneurship enhances the student experience and facilitates the translation of research from the lab to the marketplace.

In addition to a tour for media, the dedication program included remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; Wallace D. Loh, President of the University of Maryland;  Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Maryland Senate President;  Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates; Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; and Darryll Pines, Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

The Ballinger architects, engineers and designers who led the project and were in attendance at the ceremony included: Principal-in-Charge William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Design Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA; Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE; Project Manager Steve Wittry, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA and Nicholas Hollot, AIA.  “The building is a very unique campus place that we hope will inspire excellence in engineering learning, discovery and entrepreneurship for many generations to come,” said Spangler.

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

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.

 

Link to slides

Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs wins 2017 Go Beyond Award from I2SL

The Undergraduate Teaching Labs at Johns Hopkins University won a “Go Beyond” Award at the 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference. The Go Beyond awards honor organizations, individuals, products, and projects that are advancing sustainable, high-performance facilities. The project was recognized during a ceremony October 16 in Boston.

Ballinger: Fostering Emerging Professionals

For the second year in a row Ballinger was recognized as a Pennsylvania Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals. The AIA PA Fostering Emerging Professionals designation attests to a firm’s commitment to developing the careers of young professionals. The three main criteria for the designation are: the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), the role of leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm throughout the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) process.

Ballinger principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP and designer Alexa Hansford attended a live stream of the awards simulcast at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design.

DesignPhiladelphia Tour of CHOP Roberts Center

Ballinger and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted a guided public tour of CHOP’s recently opened Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The tour was part of the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and the oldest design event of its kind in the country. The annual festival showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals.

The tour was led by Ballinger architects: Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, Associate Principal Dean R. Johnson, AIA, and Senior Associate Bill Andes, AIA. The program included a lecture by Terry, who presented the project team and design intent, followed by a tour of the site, showcasing the public elements of the design, and then a visit to two upper floors. Guests visited an empty shelled floor followed by a completed floor, a sequence that provided insight into the planning of the flexible workspaces.

DesignPhiladelphia

The 30 guests who attended were invited to a reception in the cafe following the tour.

Ballinger is proud to participate in DesignPhiladelphia and contribute to Philadelphia’s identity as a hub for creative activity.

 

CREW Tours CHOP Roberts Center for Pediatric Research

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Ballinger presented a tour of the new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research for the Philadelphia chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). Ballinger Principal Terry S. Steelman, FAIA addressed the group, providing context on the tower’s site and design. He then took attendees on a tour of the site, highlighting the landscaped public space around the building and the location of future building phases.

The tour included a shelled floor and a completed floor, equipped with flexible workstations and collaborative space.

CREW

CHOP’s Douglas Carney, AIA, MBA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President for Facilities, Design, Construction and Real Estate, described how Ballinger helped CHOP develop new space standards and how users are reacting to them.

CREW member and Vice President of Clemens Construction Company, Carol Horne Penn, remarked “The opportunity to understand the design intent and goals for the building, the site and its integration into the community, was very informative.  It’s these types of opportunities that allow our membership to grow in their understanding of the work of various contributors to the built environment.”

 

Ballinger Engineering for Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Featured in ASHRAE Journal

The July 2017 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal, features an article written by Ballinger Associate Principal, Brad Crowley, PE, LEED AP about the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The article, entitled “University Lab Model for Energy Efficiency”, highlights Ballinger’s design for this interdisciplinary research building which recently won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility.

The article explains that Ballinger engineers faced an enormous challenge in designing a sustainable laboratory environment, and especially one that can quickly convert from a wet to dry lab, such as was required for this 105,000 SF teaching and research building addition. The resulting Undergraduate Teaching Labs met the University’s sustainability goals, achieved a 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline, and earned LEED Platinum certification. The engineering team designed the building to maximize laboratory safety, indoor environmental quality, and energy efficiency, all while complementing and enhancing the architectural design of the renovation. Energy-efficient measures such as enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels, chilled-beams, roof insulation, high performance fume hoods, and a neutral air displacement system harmonize with Ballinger’s design and facilitate active learning for students of biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics at the University.

Read the article

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.

Ballinger’s Science and Engineering Hall at George Washington University wins SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award

The Science and Engineering Hall at The George Washington University received an Honor Award in the category of New Building by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

Spanning a full city block, the 750,000 SF Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) is the largest academic building of its kind in Washington, DC. The building brings together research and teaching spaces previously spread across a dozen buildings, and nearly doubles the space on campus available to a variety of science, engineering, medical and public health programs. Located between the Foggy Bottom Metro station and the Campus Quad, the SEH also serves as a civic passageway for the University.

The SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Awards Program was founded in 2000 to recognize excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and academic institutions. The Honor Award was announced at the SCUP annual international conference held in Washington, DC.

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.

Link to Poster

 

CHOP Roberts Center for Pediatric Research Featured in Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia Business Journal reporter Natalie Kostelni interviewed Ballinger Principal Terry Steelman, FAIA and Doug Carney, Senior Vice President of Facilities at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), about the opening of the new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The $275 million, 21-story tower is the first phase of CHOP’s new Schuylkill Avenue campus. Ballinger collaborated with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cooper Robertson on the project, which includes the research tower, an outdoor plaza, parking, and a bridge to Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail. Reflecting on the response he’s received to the projects so far, Carney says, “Fortune favors the bold. I couldn’t be happier.”

Link to Article  

 

Ballinger Sparks Inspiration at Discovery Night

Ballinger designers Margaret Nersten and Fränc Luu participated in Spark Philadelphia’s Discovery Night, an annual event celebrating the results of Spark mentorships.

Spark is a national mentorship program with the mission of inspiring 7th, 8th and 9th graders in underserved communities to succeed in high school and beyond. Each Spark student is paired with a mentor in a career field of interest. Together, the student and mentor develop a project. Discovery Night is a chance for Spark students to present their final projects to their parents, mentors, teachers, and community.

This year’s program, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, included a keynote address by Philadelphia Councilman Allan Domb and a presentation by Ballinger’s Margaret Nersten, who shared her positive experience with the program.

“Exposing students to a context they’re not familiar with shows them that new opportunities are exciting. I love teaching students what happens when you work hard and focus on the things you love to do,” Margaret said.

Ballinger has partnered with Spark since 2014, inviting students to experience our workplace and work side-by-side with architecture and engineering professionals.

Ballinger’s Structural Engineering Recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers

Ballinger’s work on the Pennovation Center was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at its annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Ceremony May 18. The project received the award for Outstanding Structural Engineering Project in the category of Buildings $10M to $30M.

The event was held at the National Museum of American Jewish History and included presentations by Andrew Blasetti of Thornton Tomasetti and John S. Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust.

The Pennovation Center is a 62,000 SF incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster start-ups.  Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility.

The design called for a glass addition “bursting” through the north elevation of the existing building. To make the design a reality Ballinger developed a highly complex framing system, with the requirement that the same thickness of existing horizontal banding created by the perimeter concrete-encased steel floor beams be carried northward into the “bursting” north addition. No beams deeper than 10″ depth were permitted to structure the entire north addition, which was to appear to cantilever 32′ at its longest point.

The resulting building is now the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Kicks Off Expansion with Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday, marking the start of a 250,000 SF expansion project. Ballinger has worked with the hospital since 1996, providing architectural and engineering services to support the hospital’s growth.

The expansion to their West Chester, PA campus was designed by Ballinger, and was inspired by the Mediterranean heritage of the hospital’s original 1920’s building. New glass elements and courtyards will compliment the white stucco and tile roofs of the existing campus. The ambitious project includes modern surgical suites and Cath/EP labs, new emergency rooms, more patient care areas and a spacious front entrance.

“This construction project is the largest ever for the hospital and propels it into the vanguard of 21st century health care,” said Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE.

Ballinger Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and Associate Principal Tom Parr, AIA joined hospital leadership to mark the landmark day in the hospital’s 125-year history. Since opening their doors in 1892 as a ten-bed dispensary, Chester County has expanded into a 243-bed inpatient complex with five satellite locations.

 

See also Ballinger’s Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County.

University of Rhode Island College of Engineering Groundbreaking

Ballinger joined dignitaries including Governor Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the University’s new $125 million engineering complex.

The complex, designed by Ballinger, is the largest construction project in the University’s history. Its purpose is to enhance the visibility of engineering on the URI campus and attract the best faculty, students and industry partners.

The architecture will express and evoke the discipline of engineering: the key design feature is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted open spaces. Ballinger is providing architecture as well as MEP and structural engineering services for the 190,000 SF facility, scheduled for completion in 2019.

Design Principal Terry Steelman and Senior Designer Zak Whiting attended the groundbreaking event, which included presentations by University leadership and the unveiling of 3D renderings.

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.

Japanese Delegation Tours Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and Visits Ballinger Office

A Japanese delegation of 35 architects and healthcare administrators traveled to Pennsylvania today to tour the Ballinger-designed Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and to visit Ballinger’s office in downtown Philadelphia.

The delegation became familiar with Lasko Tower and Ballinger’s design role when Principal Louis Meilink and Senior Healthcare Planners Christina Grimes and Debbie Phillips presented a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Lasko Tower at the 2016 PDC Summit in San Diego. The presentation piqued the Japanese delegation’s interest and inspired their trip to Philadelphia around this year’s PDC Summit.

The delegation explored the three floors of Lasko Tower with Louis Meilink and his Ballinger colleague’s Associate Principal Tom Parr and Junko Huang serving as tour guides.

Following the Lasko Tower tour, the delegation arrived at Ballinger’s office in Philadelphia where they gave a compelling presentation on the latest design trends and healthcare facilities in Japan.

Office-wide tours and four thought-provoking healthcare topics were then presented by Ballinger healthcare team members. The topics, conceived by the delegation, explored improving patient safety, increasing staff motivation in the workplace, ensuring flexibility for the future, and the importance of codes and guidelines when designing hospitals. The topics were presented by Ballinger healthcare team members: Erin Cooper, Amy Floresta, Rob Goss, Christina Grimes, Debbie Phillips, and Eric Swanson.

Ballinger Architects Lead Tour of Linode’s Future Headquarters

modToday Ballinger architects led a tour of Philadelphia’s historic Girard Corn Exchange building, the future headquarters of cloud hosting company Linode, for CREW Philadelphia (Commercial Real Estate Women) members. Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation, Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP and Ballinger Associate Daniel Howard, AIA were accompanied by Linode founder and CEO, Christopher Aker, who introduced the tour by describing his attraction to the historic building and the draw of Philadelphia as a hub for tech talent.

In 2016 Ballinger was selected to renovate the three-story building, which was built in 1902 and was the Union Bank of Philadelphia and then the Girard Corn Exchange National Bank and Trust Company. Located next to the Betsy Ross House, the building is listed in the national and local register of historic places. It features colossal engaged limestone columns and a granite stoop with wood, bronze and glass sliding pocket doors.

DSC_9639During the tour, attendees visited the bank vault, “coupon rooms,” a boardroom, and a double-story banking hall, which will be retained and rehabilitated. As Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and a life-long Philadelphian, Fon Wang expressed her passion for the project. “We’re honored to be working on a building with such rich architectural heritage. The benefits of adaptive reuse are cultural, ecological and economic. A high-tech company headquartered in a historic building is a unique union, with advantages for both Linode and Philadelphia.”

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.

Link to Presentation

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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The Timeline Wall: A Reflection

As we approach year’s end, we reflect on one of the more memorable internal office projects of the year.

From May 19 to 21, Philadelphia was the site of the 2016 AIA Convention. With many architects in town – some former Ballinger employees – Ballinger decided to host an Alumni Reception at our expansive studio at 833 Chestnut Street.

In preparation for the reception, we designed and installed a Timeline Wall down the middle of the office’s loft space. It is a celebration of our rich 125+ year-old heritage with particular emphasis on 1990 to today – when there has been a transformation in the design quality of our portfolio.

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Architects like to bring order to the world and the Timeline Wall became a system for organizing Ballinger’s history and evolving design portfolio. To create it we conducted historical and archival research, drawing on the firm’s earliest industrial buildings and innovations. We then polled our 10 principals for projects to consider from the 1990s to today, striking a balance of our academic, healthcare and corporate portfolio. While the timeline format is rigorous, the design challenge was to make the display engaging, not didactic. The Timeline Wall doesn’t force an observer through a linear passageway, it is approachable from any direction, without a start or finish line.

Our in-house reproduction team printed the Timeline Wall graphics in large format rolls of vinyl that wrapped a series of six-foot high and 20-foot wide partitions; seven partitions in total. We bookended each partition with a clearly marked demi-decade – a Dewey Decimal Classification System to navigate the timeline. Featured are the design projects that anchored the office for each demi-decade.

Ballinger project images from the past 25 years were highlighted in slideshows displayed on workstation monitors and via three small “pod exhibits” containing models and sketches. These displays were also located according to the demi-decade system and a detailed directory allowed visitors to pinpoint the location of individual project images.  Upon arrival at the reception, alumni could quickly find the demi-decade(s) they were at Ballinger, see projects they worked on, and mingle with former colleagues from the same era.

The Alumni Reception reconnected current and former colleagues and the Timeline Wall was a conversation piece and backdrop to the festivities. Thank you to the extended Ballinger community for joining us in Philadelphia.

The Timeline Wall was recognized by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Philadelphia Chapter at their annual “Philly’s Phinest” Marketing Communication Awards. Ballinger was awarded First Place in the Special Event category and received the People’s Choice Award for the Timeline Wall.

The Timeline Wall also inspired a digital extension of its content.

Adelphi University Celebrates Opening of its Ballinger-Designed 100,000 SF Nexus Building with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Adelphi University commemorated the opening of its largest campus project, the $76 million new Nexus Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the facility.

The Nexus Building, which opened in the fall of 2016, is the Ballinger-designed home of Adelphi University’s highly-regarded College of Nursing and Public Health, the Center for Health Innovation, and a hub for core student services. Nexus is also a welcoming space for prospective families who visit Adelphi’s admissions office and alumni who access the advancement office. 

The 100,000 SF building is a visual representation of Adelphi’s commitment to community, collaboration and academic excellence.  Adelphi University’s Dr. Christine M. Riordan, President and Ronald Lee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees spoke at the ribbon cutting along with several student representatives.  Ballinger’s design team was represented at the event by Principal Designer Terry Steelman, Senior Designer Zak Whiting, and Senior Project Architect Sean Harrington.

Nexus’ airy, open floor plan promotes student interaction—both academic and social.  A three-story glazed commons serves as the central connector for the varied programmatic elements.  Flooded with natural light, the space extends the existing campus pedestrian passageways through and alongside the building, weaving it into the campus fabric and celebrating its prominence as a campus destination.

The Adelphi campus is an arboretum, so landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers. This state-of-the-art LEED Gold-designed building, features a green roof and terrace, energy efficient systems, clinical simulation, research and informatics labs, and over 15 contemporary learning spaces adding over 11,400 SF of classrooms and over 21,000 SF for Adelphi’s health-related programs.

The Nexus Building broke ground in 2013, and has received the following awards:

  • AIA Silver Award, Unbuilt, Philadelphia Chapter, 2014
  • AIA Merit Award, Unbuilt, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2013

Read more about the Adelphi University Nexus Building here.

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Wins Top ASHRAE Technology Award

Ballinger’s design for the new Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility. Each year, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recognizes firms whose innovative designs have provided solutions to the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency goals of their clients.09024_00_n60_medium

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories serves as an active learning and research facility for Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics departments. In addition to developing light-filled and open learning spaces that engage a tree-filled garden alongside the building, Ballinger’s design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Final Report, which called for a 51% reduction in carbon emissions. By employing numerous innovative strategies for diminishing energy consumption, including decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air, the facility achieved an over 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline and a LEED Platinum certification is anticipated.

Ballinger Principal Engineer on the project, Jonathan Friedan, LEED AP, said of the project, “I am proud to have collaborated with Brad Crowley who engineered this project, which has changed significantly the way we think about creating high-performance physical environments for learning, teaching, investigation, and collaboration.”

Brad Crowley will be accepting the award from the Society at their Annual Winter Conference January 28 – February 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  In March, the project will be the cover story of the ASHRAE Journal

Click here for more information about the 2017 Awardees.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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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Ballinger’s work featured in ‘Transformation By Design’ at the Center for Architecture and Design

The exhibition “Transformation By Design” is currently on display at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design. Organized around “Penn Connects,” the University of Pennsylvania campus master plan, the exhibition features selected projects form the past ten years. The program description reads: “With each project, Penn has sought to engage the highest caliber of architectural, landscape architectural, and engineering consultants, extending a tradition that combines continuous excellence in design and stewardship.”

Among the projects are the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a collaboration between Ballinger and Maki and Associates, and Pennovation Center, for which Ballinger provided structural and MEP engineering. The exhibition is on display through November 17. Principal Keith Mock spoke to the Philadelphia Business Journal about Penn Connects. Read the article here.

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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New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health wins top Honor Award from AIA New Jersey

Ballinger’s design for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health at Rutgers University won the top Honor Award for built work from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award was announced at a reception held in Somerset, NJ Thursday.

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) physically co-locates and strategically aligns diverse disciplines to address society’s pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer and obesity. The Institute’s centerpiece is a highly sustainable interdisciplinary research building that embodies the concepts of movement, activity, and wellness that are central to the Institute’s mission.

The iconic building is transparent to nature, inviting faculty, students and the community to engage in the nutrition and health activities housed within. A large solar “parasol” is the organizing feature of the design. The interior features a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research clinic, a healthy eating courtyard and a preschool dedicated to educating parents and children on diet and nutrition. The remaining spaces house wet and dry labs, faculty and administrative offices and outreach meeting spaces.

Ballinger’s Science + Engineering Hall at GW wins AIA Philadelphia Merit Award

Ballinger’s design for the interiors of Science + Engineering Hall at George Washington University received a Merit Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at Wednesday’s Design Awards Gala. The annual event, held at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, celebrates architecture, architects and advocates of the field.

Spanning a full city block, the 750,000 SF Science + Engineering Hall (SEH) is the largest academic building of its kind in Washington, DC and the first new major laboratory building on the campus in over 50 years. The building brings together research and teaching spaces previously spread across a dozen buildings, and nearly doubles the space on campus available to a variety of science and engineering programs. Located between the Foggy Bottom Metro station and the Campus Quad, the SEH serves as a civic passageway for the University.

The building is organized around a central common space – the Hub – which horizontally and vertically connects research and teaching neighborhoods, internal garden atria, social interaction spaces, and the building’s iconic teaching tower. The teaching tower hangs above the Hub, physically and symbolically uniting the upper floors into a singular public space. The neutral interior palette is accented with bursts of color that further energize the space and assist in wayfinding.

Ballinger Supports the 2016 Philadelphia Heart Walk

Ballinger is taking part in the 2016 Philadelphia Heart Walk. The walk is organized by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Ballinger’s community engagement group, B::Engaged, has organized seven teams of walkers to join the15,000 participants expected November 5th. The walk kicks off at Citizens Bank Park and includes a three-mile route followed by a wellness festival.

Ballinger’s B::Engaged is a community engagement group that 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 their surroundings.

Opening Ceremony for Reading Hospital Healthplex

Reading Hospital Medical Center held an opening ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Reading HealthPlex in West Reading, PA.

This Ballinger-designed surgical tower complex consolidates campus-wide surgical services including pre-admission testing, an eight-room procedural suite, and the addition of a surgical center with 24 operating rooms including four hybrid rooms and two daVinci System robotic surgery rooms.

From left to right: Helen Joo, Jacob Shoemaker, Louis Meilink, Dr. Robert Brigham, Rob Goss, Tom Parr, and Dennis Meskill. 

From left to right: Helen Joo, Jacob Shoemaker, Louis Meilink, Dr. Robert Brigham, Rob Goss, Tom Parr, and Dennis Meskill.

Members of Ballinger’s team attended the event where Tower Health System leadership, including Dr. Robert Brigham, for whom the surgical center is named, gave speeches to the audience. Dr. Brigham has said of the new building, “We are going to offer a whole new experience for the patients, a much more conducive environment to healing and to recovery. We are going to be able to offer much greater technology to expand our minimally invasive surgery techniques in the realms of cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery. This is really advancing healthcare in our community and will transform the way we deliver health care in our community.”

The design of this 465,000 SF building focuses on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus by taking advantage of opportunities for connectivity, advanced medical care, and enhanced use of green space. Maximized daylighting and views of the 88,000 SF accessible green roof and neighboring public gardens and art museum contribute to the healing nature of the space.

Philadelphia World Heritage Day

Today Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Philadelphia’s First Annual World Heritage Day and raised the flag of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Following a two-year campaign by the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Philadelphia was designated the nation’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage City. Ballinger is a sponsoring member of the Global Philadelphia Association. The group’s mission is to promote the Philadelphia region internationally and develop international consciousness within the region.

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Ballinger Builds Canstruction Sculpture to Benefit Philabundance

Ballinger participated in Canstruction, a charity competition that unites the design, engineering and construction industries to feed the hungry. Since its founding in 1992, Canstruction has become one of the largest and most consistent canned food contributors to food banks in the world.

Canstruction Philadelphia, now in its 10th year, took place in conjunction with the 2016 National AIA Convention. Participating firms created sculptures from canned food which were displayed in the Shops at Liberty Place during the Convention.  Ballinger’s entry was an infographic about this year’s theme: “DECADES: CANstruction Philadelphia’s 10th CANniversary.”

Ballinger’s employee-run community engagement group, B::Engaged, led the effort. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the community and gain a broader perspective while enriching the built and social fabric of their surroundings.

Ballinger Designed Natural Sciences and Health Building Breaks Ground at Berea College

(Image Above – Berea College President Lyle Roelofs second to the left, Ballinger Principal Jeff French far right)

On Thursday, April 21st, Berea College broke ground on the Ballinger-designed Natural Sciences and Health Building.

At the ceremony, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs stated about the building, “This new 125,000 square foot building will provide an interdisciplinary learning environment, space for enhanced collaboration among disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and Berea’s well-known nursing program, the oldest college-affiliated nursing program west of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Upon approaching the Berea campus from the north, the new building provides a landmark presence blending a contextual Georgian exterior character with a daylight-infused, transparent, contemporary interior environment of flexible pedagogy.

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To read more about Berea’s Natural Sciences and Health Building, click here.

For more renderings of the building, click here.

Topping Out Ceremony for NewYork-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Center

On February 21, 2016, NewYork-Presbyterian held a beam signing ceremony to mark the installation of the final beam in the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Center. Expected to open in 2018, the state-of-the-art facility marks the first hospital and inpatient facility to be constructed across York Avenue. Existing residential and medical office spaces were decanted from the site in order to provide a sizable 42,000 SF footprint for a new building. Rising 18 stories, and comprising 724,000 SF, Ballinger was the healthcare planner for the building and Medical Architect for the healthcare floors located on floors 4-18.

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Members of Ballinger’s team Louis Meilink, Eric Swanson, Erin Cooper and Don Semler attended the ceremony, including the signing of the final beam.

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Rutgers Dedicates New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health


A dedication ceremony for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health took place Tuesday. The IFNH is a signature initiative by Rutgers University to provide research and education related to society’s pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer and obesity.

The Ballinger-designed interdisciplinary research building is the centerpiece of the Institute. The iconic building is transparent to nature, inviting faculty, students and the community to engage in the nutrition and health activities housed within. A large solar “parasol” becomes the organizing feature of the design.

New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition & Health at Rutgers College: New Brunswick, NJ, Architect: Ballinger Architects

The building features a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research clinic, a healthy eating courtyard, and a preschool dedicated to educating parents and children on diet and nutrition. The remaining spaces house wet and dry labs, faculty and administrative offices, and outreach meeting spaces.

Ceremony attendees included New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Rutgers president Dr. Robert Barchi, the Institute’s Director Dr. Peter Gillies, and Ballinger’s own Jeff French and Craig Spangler, among others.

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.

Ballinger Supports the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation

Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Associate Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED BD+C attended the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s 2015 Founders Ball.

Held at the New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge, the event drew a crowd of over 1,000, including Brooklyn Hospital Center President and CEO Jonathan Weld and New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo. The event raised $1.4 million for the institution’s expansion of its pediatric emergency-care services.

Pictured left to right: Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED BD+C, Joan Clark, Brooklyn Hospital Center Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications

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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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Ballinger at the Wistar Institute’s Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Gala

In September 2014, the Wistar Institute’s new, seven-story research building at 3601 Spruce Street in Philadelphia, PA opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala.

In addition to the design of this start-of-the-art research building, Ballinger provided existing facility assessment, master planning and programming to determine the best solution for Wistar to expand its research operations, recruit new faculty, and pursue a collaborative workplace model to support emerging areas of science.

In the above photo are representatives of the Ballinger team with the Wistar Institute gala’s master of ceremonies — former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil (from left to right:  Jeff French, Ed Zinski, Brendan Vaughan, Dick Vermeil, Eva Lew, Trish Cosgrove, Steve Bartlett, Todd Drake)

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.