Category: Presentations
I2SL: Sustainable Lab Transformation

Ballinger Senior Project Manager, Karen Brooks, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and University of Pennsylvania Senior Project Manager, Margo Pietras Barnes, PE, LEED AP, CBCP will present a talk at this year’s virtual International Institute for Sustainable Labs (I2SL) Conference. The annual conference is a technical forum focused on meeting the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities.

The presentation, “Breathing New Life into an Antiquated Building: A Sustainable Approach to Lab Transformation,” is a case study of the University of Pennsylvania’s Stemmler Hall, which recently underwent a transformative renovation.

The presentation is part of Session E1, taking place tomorrow Wednesday, October 7 from 12:30 to 2 PM.

Fon Wang to Speak on Historic Preservation and Sustainability

Ballinger Director of Historic Preservation Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C will be presenting tomorrow morning on Sustainability and Historic Preservation from 7:30-9:30 am at Diversified Lighting Associates, an event hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Alliance is dedicated to protecting historic places in the Philadelphia region and building programs and opportunities that instill the values of historic preservation throughout the community.

The panel, to include colleagues from Marvin/Super Enterprise, Jefferson University School of Architecture, and the Navy Yard Planning & Development Division of PIDC, will focus on how historic preservation and sustainability are natural partners and how the effective practice of one leads to the other. These experts will also share the benefits, challenges and opportunities inherent to historic preservation and sustainable building practices.

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Ballinger Structural Engineering Principal to Present at Summit

Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will be presenting today at the Structural Engineering Equity and Engagement Symposium in Anaheim, CA. The event, as part of the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit from November 12 to 15, is hosted annually by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and entails a variety of events including high-quality educational talks, industry exhibitors, and peer networking to advance the industry.

Angela’s will be joining the 2019 summit as a SE3 Committee Member and will be presenting on Performance Reviews and Feedback specifically. Her talk will focus on the necessity of feedback and the importance of always advocating for oneself in a performance review cycle. As an experienced structural engineer and leader in the field, Angela brings extensive insight on the industry and will engage the summit audience to be able to bring actionable knowledge back to their own practices.

Ballinger Architects to Address Chinese Delegation

Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP will present a lecture tomorrow to a delegation from China representing the healthcare and design industries.

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Their talk, “The Spectrum of Technologies: Current + Future State of Healthcare,” will explore the ways technology is changing the healthcare environment. The event was organized by The Center for Healthcare Design, in conjunction with the Healthcare Design (HCD) Conference in New Orleans. This is the third year Ballinger has served as faculty for this annual education program, which seeks to promote exchange and education about healthcare design.

Ballinger Senior Principal Presents Course on Cope and Stewardson

Ballinger Senior Principal William Gustafson, FAIA recently taught a course titled Inspiring Campus Architecture: Bryn Mawr College and the Evolution of Collegiate Gothic. It was presented as part of the Main Line School Night, a local educational initiative that hosts publicly accessible classes covering a wide range of topics on design and the arts.

The course, which included three lectures and a tour of Bryn Mawr College, centered around two Philadelphia architects, Walter Cope and John Stewardson, who gave birth to the Collegiate Gothic movement in architecture. The program analyzed examples of the work of these two architects at institutions such as Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, Washington University of Saint Louis and the University of Pennsylvania, and examined intersections of history, landscape, architecture and preservation.

Ballinger at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design

Ballinger is proud to be participating in this year’s Forum on Architecture + Design, AIA Philadelphia’s regional education conference. The event will be held October 2-4 at Philadelphia’s Convene at 30 South 17th Street, and will include keynote and break-out sessions as well as networking opportunities. Ballinger creators will present at three sessions, covering diverse topics spanning modern approaches to sustainability, the evolution of science building design, and the “secret” to winning national AIA awards.

Ballinger Senior Project Architect David Hincher, AIA, LEED BD+C, along with peers, will present “The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit: Closing the Information Gap” on Thursday, October 3. The panel will discuss the Toolkit, a new design tool created to help make all types of projects more sustainable. The goal of the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Toolkit is to demonstrate how sustainability is a practice that can and should be enacted in all kinds of projects, regardless of scale or intensity.

“Secrets of Success: Stories of our recent AIA National Award Winners” will be presented by Ballinger Senior Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and retired architect Christopher Gray, along with colleagues from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and ISA on Friday, October 4. Moderated by Maureen A. Ward, AIA, Senior Director of Facilities Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the discussion will analyze recent successful award submissions and outline the “secrets of their success.”

“20 Years of Design Evolution: Exceptional science teaching and research buildings on college campuses and in dense urban areas from 1999 to 2019” will be presented by Ballinger Principal Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP, Architect Alexa Hansford, RA, and Ajay Prasad, PE of Jensen Hughes on Friday, October 4. The presentation will include an analysis of science building designs, codes, and trends that lead to successful discovery and learning.

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

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

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Ballinger presents at COAA Spring Leadership Conference

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

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

 

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.

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Ballinger Presents Environments for Next-Generation Engineering Innovation

Ballinger principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEEP presented “Environments for Next-Generation Engineering Innovation” at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Engineering has increasingly become central to convergent scholarship for solving societal challenges and fostering student creativity and entrepreneurship, which demand profound transformations in engineering teaching and research environments. In the session held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Craig and Jonathon overviewed Ballinger’s transformational academic facilities plan and the recently opened A. James Clark Hall for the University’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Craig and Jonathan coached attendees on how to plan effective processes for campus district transformations and to qualitatively evaluate the effectiveness of facilities for next-generation engineering learning and discovery.

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

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Designing Space for Nomadic Workers

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Feel the Biophilia: Humanizing Healthcare Design

Ballinger principals Eric Swanson, AIA and Louis Meilink, AIA, ACHA, ACHE, along with landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, presented “Feel the Biophilia: Humanizing Healthcare Design” at the annual Healthcare Design Conference. Their talk explored how nature in healthcare design promotes physical, social and mental well-being, as well as tactical considerations for implementing biophilic design concepts. The presentation included case studies of Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Tower Health’s Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care. The conference, held this year in Phoenix, showcases research, trends and strategies in the healthcare design industry.

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Ballinger participates in Texas A&M’s Health Industry Advisory Council Annual Meeting

Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE will participate in the 16th Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC) Annual Meeting this week at Texas A&M University. Lou will present “Lessons from a Post-Occupancy Evaluation” about Ballinger’s work at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital.

HIAC was founded in 2002 to support the activities of the Center for Health Systems & Design. The Center brings together the Colleges of Architecture and Medicine at Texas A&M to promote innovation with a focus on evidence-based health facility planning and design. Lou has been a member of the council since 2016.

Workspace strategies for balancing workstyles, work locations, and footprint

What is the optimal mix of spaces to improve workforce engagement, maximize capacity, and minimize footprint and expenses? Ballinger associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, senior associate Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP and senior designer Kate Lyons explored these topics at the Tradeline Space Strategies 2018 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their session “Workspace strategies for balancing workstyles, work locations, and footprint” looked at examples across the healthcare, corporate and higher education sector to identify common themes and opportunities.

The research presented was developed by the Research + Strategy team at Ballinger, which builds on experience gained through diverse and technical project types to design evidence-based, high-performing environments.  The team’s unique research 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.

Ballinger participates in Design Research Symposium on Design + Change

How do design and research create change in health, technology, and the environment? Ballinger associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC addressed this question at the 2018 Design Research Symposium hosted by the Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. The event examined the process of change and design through presentations by researchers from IBM, Drexel University, and others.

Christina was on a panel exploring how we can change the health and human services system by addressing the whole community and utilizing technology and design. The discussion covered issues such as barriers to change, immunity to change, and opportunities to change health and healthcare.

 

Innovation Hubs and Incubators Drive Academic Research to Commercialization

Tradeline published a report on the evolving model of innovation hubs in higher education. Based on a presentation by Ballinger principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, associate principal Steve Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP and Paul Sehnert, director of real estate development at the University of Pennsylvania, the report describes the benefits of innovation hubs. Often referred to as incubators, innovation hubs are entrepreneurial ecosystems that offer low-cost rents to startups and access to talent for universities. The report includes examples such as A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park and Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The best way to maximize capital and ensure that future renovations will be cost-efficient is to make smart choices when selecting mechanical and operating systems at the beginning of a project,” writes author Tracy Carbasho. Ballinger designed the MEP systems at Pennovation Center with a developer’s mindset – prioritizing flexibility and limiting pre-investment. The result is a “rough and ready” space that attracts start-ups and fosters a spirit of innovation.

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Ballinger presents at Forum on Architecture + Design

On Thursday Ballinger presented two talks at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design.

Associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate Don Semler, AIA, LEED AP, and associate Shawn Billiard, RA presented a case study of the David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian. Opened in April, the 740,000 SF ambulatory care center includes surgery, interventional radiology, and endoscopy procedures in standardized rooms.

Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, and associate principals Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP presented “How Does Architecture Impact Population Health?” The talk explored the complex relationships between cause and effect in healthcare environments and how we, as architects, can design environments that contribute to improving health in the larger community.

The Forum on Architecture + Design is a Philadelphia conference focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers, and real estate developers – all the industries that contribute to shaping our built environment. Held at South Philadelphia’s Bok, the event included over 30 accredited continuing education programs and tours as well as keynotes by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Michael Ford of Hip Hop Architecture.

 

Link to David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Presentation

Link to “How Does Architecture Impact Population Health?” Presentation

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

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

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

The State of Population Health in the U.S.

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

Population Health Poster

Beyond Green Poster

 

Telemedicine and the Future of Disruption

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

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

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

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Ballinger participates in Mid-Atlantic Hospital, Outpatient Facilities and Medical Office Buildings Summit

Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP and Douglas Carney, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Design, Construction and Real Estate at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), presented a case study at the Mid-Atlantic Hospital, Outpatient Facilities and Medical Office Buildings Summit in Philadelphia. The day-long event brought together leaders in the healthcare market to discuss improving performance and mitigating risk.

The presentation described the intensive “Workplace Innovation Process” that CHOP and Ballinger embarked upon in preparation for CHOP researchers occupying the newly-constructed Roberts Center for Pediatric Research.

The Summit was sponsored by the Corporate Realty, Design and Management Institute and the Health Care Institute of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Fostering Innovation While Promoting a Nomadic Workforce

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

Ballinger and Penn Lead Tradeline Session on R&D Maker Spaces

Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP and Associate Principal Stephen M. Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP, along with Director of Real Estate Development at the University of Pennsylvania, Paul Sehnert, gave a lecture at the Tradeline Research Facilities 2018 Conference in Boston. Their talk “R&D Maker Spaces Reinvented: What types of space move the dial on innovation and creativity?” gave historical context to the current maker space trend, and showcased recent examples and best practices. Their presentation explained the business models that can support innovation spaces, and illustrated design and systems solutions to consider when contemplating a maker space.

Ballinger presents “How Do We As The Design Community Contribute To Population Health?”

Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE was invited to speak at the spring 2018 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The televised series “Innovative Healthy Communities’,” invites experts to discuss the built environment’s effect on the health of communities. Louis presented ‘How Do We As The Design Community Contribute To Population Health?’ to an audience comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members. His talk identified key factors that link design and population health, and illustrated them through case studies. Featured projects included Puentes de Salud in Philadelphia, and buildings at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Tower Health System and Rutgers University.

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Ballinger at the 2018 Lab Design Conference

Ballinger participated in the annual Lab Design Conference, held this year in Philadelphia. Ballinger’s Director of Laboratory Planning, Rick Honeywell, participated in an all-new community engagement forum, “Mentoring the Next Generation of Lab Design Professionals.” The panel, made up of experienced lab design professionals and architects, discussed the qualities they look for in new recruits and how to identify employees who would benefit from expert guidance. Ballinger also hosted guided tours of Colket Translational Research Building at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Robert and Penny Fox Tower, a recent addition to the Wistar Institute.

Angela Fante Presents at ASCE-RI Meeting

Ballinger Associate Principal and Chief Structural Engineer, Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, co-presented a talk titled “Thinking Big: Structuring the Future of URI Engineering” with David Odeh of Odeh Engineers. The presentation was given at the monthly meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Rhode Island Section. Ballinger and Odeh are collaborating on the structural engineering of the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering. The presentation focused on the unique structural design challenges associated with the design of the building. Topics included the high capacity pile foundation system, lateral force resisting system, and the exposed-to-view steel trusses and connection detailing.

As partners on the project, Angie and David discussed the collaboration between OEI and Ballinger structural engineers and the importance of communication between the design team, construction manager, steel fabricator, and special inspectors on site.

Population Health and the Quadruple Aim

Ballinger participated in this year’s PDC Summit, an international conference and exhibition on health facility planning, design and construction. Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, and senior project healthcare planners Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC and Debbie Phillips, AIA, ACHA, EDAC presented “Population Health and the Quadruple Aim,” in which they explored how we as the design community contribute to population health. They illustrated the key factors that link design and population health through case studies of Puentes de Salud, Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health Urgent Care, Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health.

A digital poll of the audience, conducted during the presentation, revealed that 69% of respondents view individuals (rather than healthcare providers or policy makers) as having the most impact on population health. The presenters issued a call to action for the design community to employ humanistic design and “the right place” to contribute to population health.

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

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

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

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Terry Steelman presents “Architecture + Science” at Oxford Brookes University

Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP gave a lecture to architecture students and faculty at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK. His presentation, “Architecture + Science”, focused on projects from Ballinger’s higher education portfolio to explore how architects balance design aspirations with program fulfillment. He also shared insights about the firm’s principles and strategic business model.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig Spangler and Terry Steelman Present at Tradeline

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

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

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

Ballinger Presents at Tradeline Space Strategies 2017

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

Ballinger Presents at 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference

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

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

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

 

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Ballinger Presents at 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium

Ballinger Associate Principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr. AIA and Senior Associate Robert P. Goss, Jr, AIA presented at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium in Austin with Roofmeadow president Charles D. Miller, PE. Their talk “Green Roof: Asset or Nightmare?” detailed the experience of designing an 88,000 SF green roof at the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care.

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation Published for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Ballinger recently published a Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Penn Medicine’s Lancaster General Health. Ballinger conducts POE’s to assess and monitor how buildings are being used. This data informs how future designs can best foster healing and optimize the healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers. The research team was led by Ballinger Principal, Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE; Senior Associate, Amy Floresta, AIA, LEED AP; and Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC.

The objective of the POE was to understand which planning and design intentions have been most successfully realized, where user adaptations have been made, and the reasons for change. The team began by gathering both qualitative and quantitative data through an on-line survey to patients and staff, on-site interviews with staff, and on-site observation. These varied collection points allowed the evaluation team to triangulate issues that permeate all groups. The data was then evaluated using three categories: the overall building design and the perception of its spaces, how shifts in operations and procedure have affected staff culture, and patient experience.

The results suggest that the design was successful in fulfilling Lancaster General Health’s vision of providing an extraordinary experience every time. The iconic and integrated nature of the building has increased the hospital’s ability to attract and retain talented physicians and caregivers. Patients reported spending a significant amount of time utilizing the building amenities, which can be attributed, in part, to the presence of nature throughout these areas. The clinical layout was designed to provide a quiet and calming atmosphere. By separating the “on-stage” clinical environment from “off-stage” staff circulation, noise, traffic, and disruption were reduced. Decentralization supply stations reduced walking distances for staff and increased their time with patients. Overall, respondents found these planning strategies effective in improving the healthcare experience.

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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.

Clean Flow: Fact or Fiction?

At a recent webinar hosted by The Center for Health Design, Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Director of Healthcare Planning Dwight Smith, AIA, NCARB, EDAC explored what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to clean flow.

As procedures become less invasive and expand to other modalities, differentiating cleanliness protocols have expanded to other disciplines, but in the process, grayed the understanding of what is best practice. The webinar presentation served as a reminder that maximizing clean flow processes has a direct impact on patient safety and the bottom line, and that its success is only as good as its weakest link.

Ballinger’s recommendation for approaching construction projects is to establish a multidisciplinary team to:

  • Focus on opportunities to control airflow and turbulence
  • Establish instrument movement to always flow from dirty to clean
  • Stock equipment and supplies properly (location and quantity) to reduce staff movement and need for IMU
  • Use proper room zoning to protect the sterile environment
  • Remove unessential staff from the operating room

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

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

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

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

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The Whole Box: Beyond Pre-Fabrication

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Emerging Open Scientific Environment

Ballinger Principals Jeffrey S. French, FAIA and Craig S. Spangler, AIA participated in Tradeline’s College and University Science and Engineering Facilities 2016 Conference. Their presentation “The Emerging Open Scientific Environment: Challenges, Solutions, and Lessons Learned” examined Ballinger’s recent and ongoing science and engineering projects at Swarthmore College, the University of Wisconsin, the George Washington University, and Rutgers University.

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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Ballinger Presents at PDC Summit 2016

At the PDC Summit 2016 in San Diego, CA, Ballinger’s Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., along with healthcare planners’ Christina Grimes & Debbie Phillips, and Chester County Hospital’s Director of Medical Services Cathy Weidman presented a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital’s new 24-bed Lasko Tower.  Although the primary goal was to gather insights for another bed tower in design, it also offered an opportunity to compare patient satisfaction and operational performance against an existing 20 bed unit, the West Building (built in 1962 and renovated in 1998).

The most significant changes between the existing unit and the new unit included a much larger floor area and a racetrack organization of patient beds rather than a single corridor.  In addition, the new Lasko Tower’s design includes decentralized care stations between every 2 patient rooms and more locations for staff charting.  The analysis reviewed multiple items including:

  • Patient satisfaction with the new room and other amenities,
  • Staff operations relative to charting and patient care, and
  • Housekeeping operations relative to material selection and ongoing maintenance.

Because both units had private patient rooms, there was a more direct comparison between fall rates, HCAHPS scores (noise & cleanliness), and rates of hospital acquired infections (HAI).  Since the move, the hospital has seen significant improvements in all categories.

The study assigned a cost/benefit metric to key design considerations including private rooms, decentralized care stations, supply locations, and family amenities.  The study also included a Proximity Index charting the travel distances between staff care stations, patient rooms and supplies.  Insights gained will directly inform plans for the future 96-room patient bed tower design scheduled to be built in 2018.

Data collection method: 117 staff and 50 patient survey responses, onsite observation and onsite interviews with staff (December 2015).

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The Ballinger presentation at the PDC Summit 2016 utilized live polling software to gauge the audience’s perspectives on several healthcare design topics.  When asked the question “Which intervention had the Highest Impact for the Least Cost?” the audience made up of architects /engineers and healthcare staff responded:  70% Decentralized Station; 18% Noise Reducing Measures; 9% Décor + Material; 3% Size of the Patient Room.

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Iconic Design and Clinical Excellence: You Can Have Both

At the 2015 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Washington, DC, Ballinger’s Louis Meilink, Jr., Christina Grimes and Amy Floresta along with Dr. Randall Oyer, Medical Director, Oncology Program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, presented the results from the post-occupancy evaluation of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. In their talk entitled “Iconic Design and Clinical Evidence: You Can Have Both!” the team described how the iconic and biophilic design effectively integrates with the caregiving model to provide a best-in-class experience for every patient visit. Dr. Oyer remarked how the iconic design is a beacon for the community, an important influence in retaining and recruiting staff, and by putting the patient experience first, feels less like a hospital and more like a home environment to many patients and visitors.

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Ballinger Presents Advanced HVAC Technologies to ASHRAE Members

Associate Principal Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP was invited to present at the ASHRAE Philadelphia chapter meeting held yesterday. He described Ballinger’s application of advanced HVAC technologies at the recently completed Undergraduate Teachings Labs at Johns Hopkins University. He discussed conceptual and concrete aspects of the project, providing context on the multitude of sustainability features woven into the building’s framework.

ASHRAE is an engineering trade association with the mission of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Ballinger at Design on the Delaware

Principal Terry Steelman was invited to present Ballinger’s award-winning project, the Adelphi University Nexus Building, at Design on the Delaware yesterday. Design on the Delaware is a conference Terry initiated during his tenure as president of the AIA Philadelphia Chapter. At yesterday’s talk, Terry discussed the design of the Nexus Center, a new building that will combine training and teaching space for Adelphi’s School of Nursing with learning environments and resources for the wider campus community. The project was awarded the AIA Philadelphia 2014 Silver Medal.

Ballinger and GW Lead Tradeline Session on Effective Interdisciplinary Facilities

Ballinger Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Associate Principal Rob W. Voss, AIA, LEED BD+C joined George Washington University’s Dr. Can Korman on stage at Tradeline’s 27th annual College and University Science Facilities Conference. Their talk, titled “Mixing Bowls for Science and Engineering: Recipes and Ingredients For Inspiring Interdisciplinary Learning and Discovery Environments,” compared four academic building designs.

By exploring how openness and transparency relate to cost, code, culture and program, Ballinger provided attendees with tools and metrics for planning future interdisciplinary learning environments.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s College and University Science Facilities conference was held in Boston, MA.

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Ballinger Presents at 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

On October 7, 2015, Principal Lou Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, and Director of Healthcare Planning Dwight Smith, AIA, EDAC spoke at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.

The surgical suite has historically been broken down into zones or levels of cleanliness.  As procedures become less invasive and expand to other modalities, differentiating cleanliness protocols have also expanded to other disciplines and in the process, grayed the understanding of what is best practice.  This presentation explored the history of clean flow in the medical field.  What is the definition of clean flow and is it fact or fiction?  As an architect, what design decisions influence clean flow in either a positive or negative way?  What are the components of clean flow and the risk factors associated with each?  What are the minimum requirements and are they truly best practice?  With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act linking reimbursements to reductions of surgical site infections (SSI), the effectiveness of clean flow will have an impact on every institution’s bottom line.

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Ballinger’s Research on Designing for Multiple Generations Published in Health Facilities Management

Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Associate Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC shared their analysis of multigenerational healthcare workers’ preferences in an article in Health Facilities Management.

In an effort to plan and design healthcare workplaces better, Ballinger used post-occupancy evaluation surveys to gather data on generational preferences for different kinds of working environments.

A key finding of their research is the importance of an inclusionary design process. Facilities that are designed to comprehensively address multiple generations result in a more efficient and fulfilled workforce.

Health Facilities Management is a publication of the American Hospital Association, providing comprehensive coverage of health facility design, construction and operations.

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Ballinger Presents Post-Occupancy Data at Tradeline

Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP and Associate Principal Stephen M. Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP presented a talk at Tradeline Research Facilities 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The session, titled “Post-Occupancy: Lab Functionality, Flexibility, Energy,” reviewed post-occupancy findings from three high profile science facilities at Johns Hopkins University, the Wistar Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh.

They presented data on modeled-vs-actual building performance, real-world use of interchangeable features, amenities for collaboration and interaction, and operating details. The presenters explained how end-user feedback can inform decisions on next-generation research facilities to maximize return on investment.

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Ballinger Explores Convergent Environments at Tradeline Conference

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, along with lab planner Jeffrey Schantz and Bill Bentley, Founding Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, presented a case study at the Tradeline College and University Science Facilities 2014 conference. Their talk, titled “Bioengineering and Convergence Science at the University of Maryland,” described the cultural evolution of research themes and planning metrics, and how they’re embodied at A. James Clark Hall, a new engineering building at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ballinger Senior Principals Lead Tradeline Session on Adaptive Reuse

How are leading academic medical and allied health organizations weathering the storm of healthcare reform, performance-based hospital reimbursement, and declining NIH funding? Ballinger principals addressed this question at the 2014 Tradeline Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and Allied Health Conference.

Senior Principals Jeff French, FAIA, Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHE, ACHA and Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP led a session titled “Patients, Procedures, + Pedagogy: Retooling Facilities for a Very Different Healthcare Future.” In it they described how organizations are adapting facilities across the research, training, and care continuum to maximize the value of existing space, particularly in response to changes in patient physical location.

Based on Ballinger’s expansive healthcare and academic portfolio, they provided insight into how institutions can adapt new and existing spaces to a broader functional spectrum, determine candidacy for facility adaptability or renewal, and evaluate facilty needs.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and Allied Health Conference was held in Boston.

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Ballinger Healthcare Experts examine Evidence-Based Design in Pediatrics

Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA and Director of Healthcare Planning Dwight Smith, AIA, EDAC discussed evidence-based design (EBD) at this year’s Healthcare Design Expo and Conference, sponsored by the Center for Health Design.

EBD research to date has predominantly focused on the adult environment, with few examples of its impact on pediatrics. Throughout the design of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Ballinger tested and tracked the application of EBD principles and best practice theories as they apply to pediatric spaces.

Lou Meilink and Dwight Smith, along with Golisano Children’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Lattimore, presented the outcome of their design process, highlighting strategies that are translatable between adult and pediatric populations.

Ballinger Thought Leaders Present Research on the Changing Culture of the Workplace

Ballinger Principal Keith Mock, AIA, and interior designer Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP, led a session at the 2013 Tradeline Space Strategies Conference, held in Scottsdale, AZ.

They analyzed the extensive research supporting the power of collaboration and presented Ballinger’s recent findings on the topic, collected through real-world implementation.

Focusing on several elements that impact design such as technology, socialization, flexible work arrangements, and utilization of space, they illustrated effective design and implementation strategies and showed how creating space for collaborative work is affecting and ultimately changing corporate culture.

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The New Research Facility Value Metrics: Interaction, Sustainability, Project Quality

At the 2013 Tradeline International Conference on Research Facilities, Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Jonathan, PE, LEED AP, and Associate Principal Steve Bartlett, AIA, presented on emerging performance metrics for science and engineering research. An overview of the presentation is as follows:

Building performance measures have been slowly evolving. Efforts to modify these metrics have largely been hidden from view. This talk seeks to fill this intellectual void by exploring three different aspects of building performance:

  • How far can the traditional metrics take us?
  • What should a human factor model of performance be?
  • What are the potentials to go beyond LEED in terms of technology performance.

The premise of this talk is a building performance dashboard that combines these three elements to create a more balanced view of a building. Underlying this model must be post occupancy evaluations that go back to validate the original premises. The 2012 lab of the Year will provide just such a test case.

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Repurposing Existing Facilities for Modern Science

How can an institution determine whether it makes sense to rejuvenate existing building stock rather than throw it away? Key factors to consider when deciding to renovate, build new, or carry out a hybrid renovation/addition include: building dimensions, systems obsolescence, location on campus, and program fit. In this presentation at the Tradeline College and University Science Facilities conference, Ballinger Principals Jeff French, Jonathan Friedan and Craig Spangler examine new technologies and approaches that are making renovation of academic science facilities a more financially attractive option for institutions facing limited budgets, constrained real estate, and aging buildings with prominent historic legacies.

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Repurposing Existing Facilities for Modern Science

At the 2012 Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference, Principals Craig Spangler, AIA, Jeff French, FAIA, and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP explored the challenges associated with making the judgment to invest in an existing facility struggling to retain its functionality.  It is easy to wipe the slate clean and start with a blank piece of paper.  Each Principal approached this from the opposite perspective, working on the fundamental premise that extending the life of a building is the ideal outcome, even if modest additions are key to unlocking success.

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Leaders from Ballinger, CUNY and NYU Examine the Cutting Edge of Healthcare Training

Ballinger joined thousands of planning professionals at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 47th Annual International Conference. Principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP led a session with clients Thomas S. Riles, Executive Director of the New York Simulation for the Health Sciences, and Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management at the City University of New York. Together they described the unique public/private partnership that resulted in the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM).

A collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York University (NYU) Medical Center, NYSIM is a cutting-edge medical education environment that trains healthcare students and faculty.

Using hands-on experience to illustrate motivations behind project decisions, the center’s leadership shared how the center was planned, designed, and built, as well as lessons learned after the first year of operations. It’s one of the largest urban training centers in the US.

SCUP is a professional association for higher education planners and the professionals who support them. This year’s conference was held in Chicago.

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Ballinger Experts Explore Systems and Strategies for Building Renewal

Associate Principal Stephen Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP and Associate Principal Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP led a session at Tradeline’s 2012 International Conference on Research Facilities. They outlined the strategies for comprehensive renovation of older research facilities, with a focus on space planning and mechanical systems upgrades to improve energy efficiency.

Stephen and Brad drew on current project experience by featuring two case studies, a 200,000 SF biology research building for Johns Hopkins University and a 250,000 SF teaching and research building for the Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Both projects include complete renewal of MEP systems, interior renovations of research lab spaces, and phased implementation strategies made necessary by ongoing partial occupation.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s International Conference on Research Facilities was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Ballinger Senior Principals Present Successful Models for Co-Locating Science + Engineering Programs

At Tradeline’s 23rd Annual College and University Science Facilities Conference, Senior Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Craig S. Spangler, AIA, and Jeffrey French, FAIA presented recent trends in science and engineering facilities. They reviewed a series of recent projects that reflect three planning trends: the research / teaching neighborhood, the emphasis on collaborative spaces, and the disappearance of boundaries both physical and psychological. The underlying principles that drive these trends are measurable: higher utilization of space, higher research productivity, and greater emphasis on shared resources, both space and equipment. Ballinger provided university leaders with measurable benchmarks for these complex phenomena.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s College and University Science Facilities conference was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

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