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Patient-Centric Design

The May-June issue of Architectural Products includes a feature on trends in healthcare design. A two-page spread about the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center describes the patient-centric design elements that contribute to a soothing experience, including a consistent materials palette and clear wayfinding.

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

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Penn Medicine Radnor displayed in Architecture for Health Showcase

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

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

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

Fabulous Fascitelli Engineering Center at URI

Architecture critic William Morgan reviewed the University of Rhode Island’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, designed and engineered by Ballinger.

Excerpted from GoLocalProv:

The University of Rhode Island’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering handsomely demonstrates that bold new architecture is not just the purview of Ivy League schools and their private brethren like RISD and MIT.

Colleges and universities can be the places to view the latest work of starchitects. Institutions like Yale, Princeton, and MIT have become architectural petting zoos, with strutting displays of egotecture.

State schools are often less likely to be laboratories of avant-garde architecture. Yet public universities–the Michigans, Ohio States, Californias–are also commissioning notable design.

New England may be the incubator of higher education in this country, but architecturally our state universities have lagged somewhat behind. The $125,000 million Fascitelli Center demonstrates that that is changing.

At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for example, New England’s only public architecture school moved into the first academic building in the United States made of cross-laminated-timber, designed by Leers Weinzapfel, while the business school just opened an innovation hub by Bjarke Ingels Group, one of the world’s most daring firms.

URI’s engineering program, once scattered across the campus in a various structures is now housed in one striking 190,000 square feet steel and glass structure that has become the center of gravity for the Kingston school.

The L-shaped, five-story engineering building is in marked contrast to the rest of the campus. Except for the attractive Westerly granite structures in classic post-Civil-War-state-college style surrounding the common, URI’s design identity has been undistinguished.

In part because of a new master plan by Ballinger, architects of the engineering building, works like the Wellness & Fitness Center, an imaginative remake by Kite Architects of a 1965 dining hall, are beginning to offset less inspiring projects such as the URI Foundation’s home, which looks like a bloated McMansion, one with rams horns capitals.

But the missteps of the past fade when one enters the sparkling, light-collecting Fascatelli Center. Its strong, clean lines and pristine glass and metal surfaces are the perfect metaphor for a research center that explores the physical aspects of our world from civic and environmental engineering to Nano-technology and cyber-security.

As Terry Steelman, senior principal at Ballinger and project designer, says, Fascitelli “propagates the notion of engineering as a bridge between liberal arts and the sciences.” A 210-foot-long truss that spans the ground floor reinforces the bridge theme.

Beneath that span is a transparent rectangle sheltering a student gathering space with a cafe. Because of the trussing system, this large open social center supports nothing above it, so one can see right through this open space to the other side.

Visible diagonal trusses show through the glass walls. This bracing system allows classrooms and research laboratories to be unencumbered with vertical columns.

Hallways along the exterior perimeters of the white-painted trusses provide the school’s most endearing feature: a hawk’s-eye view the campus and the South County countryside.

Philadelphia-based Ballinger has a reputation as designers of technically complex science buildings, and have worked at Penn, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and many other schools. There are no frills here, no gimmicks, just a focus on good design delivering the best educational engineering facilities.

Brown missed such an opportunity for a bold glazed design when Ballinger’s original proposal for the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences was unfortunately clad in brick to appease College Hill neighbors more interested in a false notion of context than encouraging exceptional design.

At URI, however, the emphasis on natural light transforms what might have been just another science building. Architect Steelman is particularly proud of the glazing that wraps the fifth floor. This unitized curtain wall has an acid-etched first surface and a white fret as the second surface. Light filtered through this scrim is ever changing.

If we imagine the Fascitelli Center as a brilliant gesture at re-branding the university, it tells us loud and clear that URI is a place that will lead to, in the words of President David Dooley, “discoveries that we cannot even imagine today.”

GoLocal architecture critic Will Morgan has written extensively about university design and is the author of Collegiate Gothic: The Architecture of Rhodes College.

Main Line Today Highlights Radnor Development

Main Line Today published an article highlighting 155 Radnor, the Ballinger-designed workspace development led by Brandywine Realty Trust, and included remarks from Senior Principal Eric Swanson, AIA.

Excerpted from Main Line Today:

If you ask Jeff DeVuono why there hasn’t been any new office development in Radnor Township for nearly 30 years, he’ll provide a simple, clear answer: “It’s not a lack of interest in developing office space, it’s a lack of available land.”

The Brandywine Realty Trust executive vice president and senior managing director for Pennsylvania understands that, when it comes to Main Line real estate, it doesn’t get any better—or more crowded—than Radnor. But as a key component on the Brandywine team for 155 Radnor, DeVuono is pretty excited about the project, which is set to debut later this year with 145,000 square feet of rentable space, plus a luxury hotel. “If you look at the statistics, Radnor is the only market in the Pennsylvania suburbs that has single-digit vacancies,” he says.

The new development is part of the 26.6-acre Penn Medicine campus, which is also a Brandywine venture. Located on King of Prussia Road, it’s convenient to the Route 100 SEPTA light-rail and Paoli/Thorndale lines, and within easy driving distance of the Blue Route and Schuylkill Expressway. Throw in the robust retail climate in the area—plus housing and school options that are among the best in the region—and the new complex has one of the better addresses around. “It’s also where decision-makers live,” DeVuono says or Radnor’s impressive roster of residents.

Satisfying one of real estate’s biggest needs—location—155 Radnor also has a substantial advantage in terms of its design, which was helmed by Philadelphia architecture firm Ballinger. It emphasizes productivity, quality of life and the ability to feel comfortable in the workplace. The latter has become an increasing necessity as businesses devote more time and resources to attracting and retaining talent. DeVuono likens the process for new employees to the college search his children are undertaking. “They go on a campus and they don’t know what they like about it, but they want to be there,” he says.

Inside, the 155 Radnor complex will feature high ceilings, large windows, attractive views and open spaces. Outside will feature the same walking paths, outdoor seating, biking/walking trails, work areas and gardens that have become so popular with residential and commercial developments. It’s no longer enough to have a nice chair. Workplaces need to be comfortable and pleasing, or their employees won’t want to be there. “Everything is about the live-work-play environment,” DeVuono says. “People also want to stay healthy and connected.”

Eric Swanson is the lead architect on the 155 Radnor project. “You don’t know what Biophilia is?” he poses “It’s the theory that all of us humans, because of our long evolution, have an innate affinity for nature. People in health care understand the benefits of nature in healing and well-being.”

Since 155 Radnor is part of the Penn Medicine campus, it makes sense to give it a look that helps those who work there integrate more easily with their natural surroundings. That’s why the building will be primarily glass, and make use of a parking garage rather than acres of lots to maximize green space. There will be plenty of room to roam, meet, eat and think outdoors—a sure benefit in the warmer months when the urge to spend time in the sun increases.

Such designs are a break from the norm established in the last two decades, which favored emphasizing interior congregating places. Although there will be plenty of productive space inside for collaboration, there will always be an opportunity to enjoy some natural light and views of nature.

“The modern workforce is looking for these amenities,” says Swanson, who’s been with Ballinger for 35 years. “If you look at the campuses for Apple and tech companies out West, they attract talent by being good places to work, but also by providing ways to take breaks from work, without having to leave the area.”

Those who work at 155 Radnor won’t have much use for the hotel, but the property will fill a need for the companies inside the development, along with others in the area. “Everything is about the live-work-play environment—and the hotel is part of that,” says DeVuono, who expects several different tenants in 155 Radnor.

The first floor is somewhat adaptable to the needs of a company, while the other three are more set in their layout. There will be no retail component to the building, which is a function partly of the amount of offerings close by. It’s also due to the fact that Brandywine Realty Trust doesn’t want to lock itself into a particular formula that may not allow for flexibility later. “We want a physical space and infrastructure that can adapt to future needs,” DeVuono says.

Brandywine has focused on making sure the bones of the building will be as modern as possible—and that includes power, water and HVAC infrastructure. It should come as no surprise that Brandywine is labeling 155 Radnor a “trophy class” property—a building that offers the broadest amenity base. And while that may sound like a somewhat arbitrary appellation, it’s one the new folks in the game can claim as they move the design model forward.

Design that Inspires a “Wow”

Technical.ly Philly writer Nicole Forrester profiled Linode’s headquarters, located in Old City Philadelphia. Ballinger completed the award-winning adaptive reuse project in 2018.

Excerpted from Technical.ly Philly:
In the heart of Old City, walking into Linode’s headquarters inspires a “Wow.” With soaring ceilings, marble floors, and a modern LED chandelier to pull it all together, it’s clear the cloud hosting company aimed to make a statement.

Linode Headquarters

Linode is a unique player in the tech scene. The cloud hosting company has emerged as a popular alternative to AWS, competing not from Silicon Valley, but right here in Philly. Its key differentiator: a highly trained in-house support team, where customers can talk to a real person 24/7. It’s one of the few companies in the world that invests in support in this manner, and customers love it for it — to the tune of over $100 million in yearly revenue.

Such an impressive stat might inspire a design aesthetic of mahogany and leather, but for Linode, the aim was to create a space that reflected the ethos of the open source technology it’s built from. Restoring the old Corn Exchange Building was a costly and time consuming undertaking, but CEO Chris Aker felt like it was the right way to move into Philly, as he told Technical.ly in 2018.

“So much of what we do as a company is intangible,” he said. “It’s bits flying through wires. It’s electrons. It’s magnetic fields on spinning rust, or in our case, on SSDs. This is something tangible.”

Open floor plans allow employees to rotate their desks easily as project teams shift. Glass walls and doors promote transparency and let the light fill up the whole space. On the flip side, there’s a functioning library with a real sliding ladder on the third floor, and the bank vault in the basement is now a meeting room. This blend of old and new is the core of Linode’s style.

The building has and is surrounded by a rich history. For Linode’s employees, that means eating lunch next door in the Betsy Ross House courtyard, or walking past where Ben Franklin is buried on the way to work.

“The American Revolution and the [advancement] of democracy has connection to the mission Chris built this company on,” said Michelle Berg, people operations generalist, referring to the democratization of the internet and cloud services’ contribution to that. “That is a really inspiring part of the environment here.”

There’s also more recent history. Formerly Linode HQ was the “Real World MTV” house, and just this past summer while filming for “Queer Eye,” Karamo Brown visited the office.

LinodeLinode’s previous office couldn’t have been more different. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the space had previously been residential houses, so the offices were made of many small rooms.

Berg’s first week at the company was during the move to the new HQ. She said employees were so excited about the new building, many showed up before it was ready, bringing their own chairs or perching wherever they felt comfortable. The new office wasn’t just an upgrade in space, but a shift to being a Philly company. Located right on N3rd Street, rebranded by the city in 2014, it’s the most evident symbol of the growing tech community.

As such, Linode HQ hosts numerous community events throughout the year. From meetups to weekend workshops to beer gardens in the parking lot, there’s a tremendous amount of energy within the Philly tech community that flows through events sponsored by Linode.

After about a year and half, Linode has already begun work on an expansion. It’s still largely under wraps, but what Berg can share is that “it’s indicative of the amazing growth that we’ve had over the last two years.”

Wellness by Design

The Philadelphia Business Journal profiled 155 Radnor, a new workspace designed by Ballinger and developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, and highlighted the release of its ultra-high definition renderings.

Excerpted from Philadelphia Business Journal:

Brandywine Realty Trust enlisted Ballinger, a Philadelphia architectural firm, to design 155 Radnor, a proposed 145,000-square-foot office building that will be part of a new campus off King of Prussia Road in Radnor that is anchored by the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Radnor officials signed off in October on the final subdivision plan for that campus, which is underway with the development of Penn Medicine’s new $200 million medical facility. A hotel and 155 Radnor are part of those plans.

While the scope of the overall project isn’t new, Brandywine has released a series of renderings depicting 155 Radnor and some additional details about its design.

This will be the first new office building to be constructed in Radnor in three decades and Brandywine, which is the dominant landlord in the office submarket, expects to pre-lease the bulk of it before breaking ground.

While the design incorporates amenities that have become common in office buildings such as a conference center, courtyards, patios and gaming areas, 155 Radnor also focuses heavily on its natural surroundings will include landscaped grounds that have more than 250 trees, a seasonal micro farm, two-foot-tall wildflower meadows, and three rain gardens that will serve as a stormwater management system.

Brandywine (NYSE: BDN) will also seek to include several features that aim to make the building healthy and meet wellness certification.

Aside from 155 Radnor, Brandywine has two other proposed office buildings in the in the suburbs including Metroplex Two, a 280,000-square-foot structure in Plymouth Meeting and 650 Park Ave., a 100,000-square-foot building in King of Prussia.

Ballinger 4 Billion Boom

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

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

Link to article in the Philadelphia Business Journal

A. James Clark Hall Named a 2019 “Pupil Pleasing Design”

World Architecture News (WAN) recently named Ballinger project A. James Clark Hall to their list of “Pupil Pleasing Designs” in the education category for 2019.

Clark Hall

The 184,000 SF flagship building for the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering was recognized by WAN for fostering broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic innovation environment.

World Architecture News is the editorial home of the WAN awards, an annual program that showcases projects from around the world and provides a forum to celebrate design excellence.

Full List of the 2019 Pupil Pleasing Designs

Linode featured in Context Magazine

Linode Headquarters  was featured in the summer issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The adaptive reuse project transformed a historic bank into a new headquarters for the growing cloud hosting company. Ballinger led the renovation of the 22,300 SF building, retaining character-defining features while promoting workplace collaboration through ubiquitous transparency and a variety of collaboration spaces. The ground floor banking hall was transformed into a contemporary hub for gatherings and special events.
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Linode Headquarters featured in Preservation magazine

The spring issue of Preservation magazine includes a piece about Ballinger’s recent historic preservation and adaptive reuse project, Linode Headquarters.

The Philadelphia landmark, known for its neoclassical style and history as a former MTV Real World house, was built for the Union Bank of Philadelphia in 1902.

Linode, a growing cloud hosting company, chose the historic Philadelphia building as their new headquarters and selected Ballinger to renovate the 22,300 SF space.

The renovation resulted in an open, authentic, transparent workspace that supports Linode’s efforts to attract and retail talent. Ballinger successfully assisted Linode in the approval of Federal Historic Preservation Tax credits, allowing Linode to apply 20% of the renovation cost, including construction and soft costs, to their tax liability.

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, is quoted in the piece, reflecting on her passion for the project. “I love the idea of the building having a new life with a completely different group of people.” Published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the magazine celebrates historic places through in-depth features, personal essays, and vibrant photography.

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A. James Clark Hall featured in Context

Ballinger’s A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park was featured in the spring issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

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.

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From Light-Filled Factories to Light-Filled Offices

Ballinger is one of the oldest continuously practicing architecture and engineering firms in the United States. Founded in Philadelphia in 1878, the history of the practice is intertwined with the history of the city. Ballinger first gained a reputation as an innovator in the 1920s with its design of a superspan, sawtooth roof. By allowing natural light to penetrate, the roof led to increased production and interior mobility at many industrial plants built during that era.

One of the firm’s significant clients at that time was the Budd Company. Ballinger was the architect of the Budd Red Lion manufacturing plant in North Philadelphia. A Philadelphia icon, the plant was the birthplace of the stainless steel train and steel-framed automobile body.

Decades later, Ballinger returned to the site to design corporate offices for the Temple University Health System. The space evokes the stability of the industrial revolution-era architecture but re-focuses attention to the future through the overlay of bold interior design. The adaptive reuse project includes a 4-story office building connected to a one-story employee gathering and collaboration space with conference center and cafeteria. A focus of the space planning effort was to create an open office environment with direct access to natural light by placing enclosed offices to one side of the building. The boardroom space takes advantage of additional rooftop clerestory monitors to maximize natural light.

Read more about the riveting history of the Budd Company here.

NewYork-Presbyterian ambulatory care center cover story in Healthcare Design

Healthcare Design magazine published a cover story about the 740,000 SF NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center. The article, titled “Vision Realized,” was written by Anne DiNardo about the unique collaboration that resulted in NewYork-Presbyterian’s award-winning ambulatory care center.

Ballinger Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP is quoted in the article, describing the role-playing workshops Ballinger organized to engage stakeholders. With 3D-printed models, users were able to explore room layouts and equipment arrangements. “Using the models was a simple but effective way to bring the rooms to life, building excitement for the project with stakeholders and involving them early on in key design decisions.”

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

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Ballinger expert interviewed on WHYY’s The Pulse

The latest episode of WHYY’s health and science program, The Pulse, includes a segment on hospital design, featuring Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP. Host Maiken Scott interviewed Erin about why healthcare facilities can be confusing, and the tools architects use to improve wayfinding and increase efficiency. They also explored the themes of flexibility and warmth in healthcare environments. “A current and modern hospital should send a message that it’s a welcoming place – a place to heal, rather than a place to be sick,” Erin explained.

The Pulse is recorded at WHYY in Philadelphia and broadcasts on over 50 local NPR stations nationwide.

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Ballinger Named to Distinguished ARCHITECT 50

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

Healthcare Design magazine published a cover story about the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care. The article, titled “Shaped by Nature,” was written by Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, AIA, ACHA, ACHE and associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC. It describes how a new surgical platform for Tower Health resulted in an 88,000 SF roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF hospital, which opened in 2017. The project is one of several Ballinger has designed for the hospital system, now called Tower Health, over the past 35 years.

Healthcare Design magazine is a monthly publication covering architecture, interior design, facility planning, healthcare engineering and construction, relevant research, and the most recent projects opening their doors.

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Puentes de Salud featured in Context

Ballinger’s Puentes de Salud project was featured in the fall issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. The issue explores the social inequity embedded in Philadelphia’s urban environment. Puentes de Salud is a unique clinic that offers healthcare and educational programs for the city’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant population. Ballinger provided pro-bono architectural and engineering services for the 7,000 SF clinic.

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Open-Door Planning for Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital’s Expansion

Penn Medicine’s internal newsletter, System News, published an update on the evolution of Chester County Hospital since it became a member of Penn Medicine, highlighting the major expansion project currently under construction.

Ballinger designed the expansion, due to open in 2020, with input from physicians and staff who will inhabit the new space. Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE is quoted, “Chester County Hospital adopted an open-door policy for planning… the hospital engaged multiple stakeholders with innovative design techniques throughout the process.” Ballinger led planning workshops with 3D-printed models for rapid prototyping and consensus-building.

Ballinger pioneered the use of role-playing workshops with miniature models and now maintains over 250 pieces of equipment and furniture. Employing this technique allows for rapid exploration of layout variations to achieve the optimal solutions for clinicians and staff.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Sets the Bar for Contemporary Hospital Design

The David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian appeared in the October issue of the Conde Nast publication Architectural Digest. The piece, written by Elizabeth Fazzare, focuses on innovations that improve the patient experience: “Prep rooms double as recovery rooms, providing continuity for patients and their companions. Hallways run along the perimeter, taking in sunshine and city views. And MRI facilities are above-ground, rather than relegated to the basement, as is usually the case,” she writes. Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, who was interviewed for the article, explains, “A lot of it is focused on reducing anxiety.”

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Ballinger featured in Philadelphia Magazine article on businesses committed to Philadelphia

Ballinger’s roots are securely planted in Philadelphia, having been established here in 1878. We started out designing the factories and maker spaces of the industrial revolution, and now Ballinger is at the forefront of design for the knowledge revolution. Today, our firm focuses on designing next-generation academic science and healthcare facilities as well as corporate workspaces.

Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman along with top executives of Comcast, Aramark, The Vanguard Group and others were interviewed for the Philadelphia Magazine article “11 CEOs on Why They Keep Their Businesses Headquartered in Philly.”

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All of Ballinger’s 200+ employees work out of one location in Philadelphia – the beautifully converted top floor of 833 Chestnut Street that once was the original Gimbel’s department store. It’s a large open space conducive to our collaborative work style with good light, high ceilings, and sweeping views of Old City and crane-filled Center City. It allows Ballinger to fulfill our mission of being a truly integrated architecture/engineering firm.

NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center Featured in Metropolis

The David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian was featured in the September issue of Metropolis magazine. Writer Liz Stinson profiled the 740,000 SF ambulatory care center and its focus on the patient experience. She described the “patient-centered design choices at the finish and product scale: clinical rooms with sofas large enough to seat two, so family members can comfortably accompany patients; dimmable overhead fixtures that double as exam lighting, reducing clutter and the need for additional equipment.” The project, opened in 2018, was designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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

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

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

NewYork-Presbyterian’s Operating Room of the Future featured in The Wall Street Journal

NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center is home to cutting-edge technology and thoughtful design solutions. Healthcare journalist Laura Landro profiled the evolution of operating rooms for The Wall Street Journal and highlighted the state-of-the-art ORs designed by Ballinger.

The 740,000 SF David H. Koch Center, designed in collaboration with HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, opened in April 2018.

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Engineering News-Record profiles NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center

The recently opened David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian is the subject of a profile by Tom Stabile in Engineering New-Record (ENR). The project was designed as a collaboration among Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed. The article includes interviews with Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper and other leaders from the design and engineering teams who took the project from concept to reality.

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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.

Ballinger projects featured in Building Design + Construction

Three Ballinger projects were featured in a recent article published by Building Design + Construction magazine. In a survey of trends in the design of cancer research and treatment centers, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center, and the MD Anderson Center Oncology In-Patient Unit at Cooper University Hospital were praised for their innovative approaches to cancer care.

Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was extensively quoted regarding her expertise in the field. She emphasized Ballinger’s family- and patient-focused design approach, as well as her commitment to creating spaces capable of adapting to new healthcare technologies — all fundamental values to the development of the three named projects.

A photograph of the Ballinger-designed meditation pavilion, overlooking a garden and pond at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, accompanied the piece. As noted in the article, Ballinger remains at the forefront of adaptive design solutions for the research and treatment challenges of our time.

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New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health among New Jersey’s “Must See” Building

USA Today, in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, listed the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health at Rutgers University among 25 “must see” buildings in New Jersey.

The Ballinger-designed structure features health clinics, research labs, and educational spaces. It brings diverse teams of specialists together to find solutions to social issues related to nutrition and health. The building plan reflects this goal, providing a transparent environment where laboratories and open collaboration spaces coexist, thus creating a unified institute ready to address public, academic, research, and healthcare needs.

The list — part of an effort by USA Today and AIA chapters nationwide to identify the most significant buildings in the country —  also includes the Thomas A. Edison House in Glenmont and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stuart Richardson House in Glen Ridge.

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Pennovation Featured in Modern Steel Construction

Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, wrote the cover story for this month’s Modern Steel Construction, published by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The article, “Centered on Innovation,” describes how Ballinger engineers brought to life the vision of design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS.  The building’s most striking feature is the dramatic ‘faceted façade’ at the north elevation, which had an immensely complex effect on the existing building frame.

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“125 Stories” Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital released “125 Stories of Chester County Hospital,” an anthology of the men and women who contributed to the institution’s enduring legacy. As a partner to the hospital for over 20 years, Ballinger is proud of our role in its growth. We’re pleased to be featured in story number 125, highlighting the 250,000 SF expansion currently underway. It is the largest construction project in the hospital’s history and will propel it into the vanguard of 21st century healthcare.

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B::Engaged Build Day with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

Last weekend, 20 Ballinger volunteers took part in a build day with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, an organization whose mission is to transform the city and the lives of its people by building and repairing homes for families in need.

Ballinger Principal, Eric Swanson, celebrated a successful day saying, “It was an honor to work with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and be a part of their long history of good work for affordable housing.  I was proud to see the energy and enthusiasm that the Ballinger team brought to this day.”

The event was organized by Ballinger’s B::Engaged community engagement group. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to volunteer their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective while enriching the built and social fabric of Philadelphia.

Jake Shoemaker, Ballinger architect and B::Engaged volunteer said, “Working with Habitat for Humanity was a rewarding event that allowed us to give back directly to the Philadelphia community. This was a very positive experience, and the hard work turned out to be a great team building activity for my Ballinger colleagues. I’m hopeful that this will lead to more community outreach in the future, building upon everything that B::Engaged has already done.”

 

Ballinger’s Fon S. Wang Appointed to Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation. Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force was created in April 2017 to identify ways historic preservation can be a meaningful partner in the city’s growth. Philadelphia has the highest number of building parcels per square mile in the US but a lower than average number of historically designated buildings. Just 2.2% are locally designated as historic, compared to a 50-city average of 4.3%

As a member of the Task Force Subcommittee on Regulating Preservation Outcomes and a community representative for Chinatown, Fon will focus on review of regulations to facilitate growth while retaining what makes Philadelphia unique.

In addition to her roles as Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse at Ballinger, Fon is a Board Member for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and a lecturer at PennDesign’s Historic Preservation Studio.

Ballinger’s Christina Grimes wins HCD 10 Team MVP Award

Senior Project Healthcare Planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC was named a winner of the HDC 10, an annual awards program organized by Healthcare Design magazine honoring contributions to the healthcare industry. She received the “Team MVP” Award for her work with Tower Health System and her role on the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care. The “Team MVP” category recognizes individuals whose contribution to team projects proved invaluable. Christina accepted the award during the Healthcare Design Forum and is recognized in a special feature article in the September 2017 issue of Healthcare Design.

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Healthcare Facilities Management Covers Engagement Process at Tower Health System

Ballinger Senior Project Architect Robert P. Goss, Jr., AIA was interviewed for two pieces in the August issue of Healthcare Facilities Management. The article “Six steps for planning low-voltage systems” outlines a process for planning the advanced technology integration now required in hospital design.  Drawing on his experience working on the Reading Healthplex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, Rob describes Ballinger’s user engagement process.

The sidebar article “User input and planning informs high-tech facility” dives deeper into the Reading HealthPlex process, highlighting the 60 user group meetings Ballinger conducted as part of the planning phase. 

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Reading HealthPlex Selected as Finalist for Healthcare Design (HCD) Showcase

The Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care was a finalist in Healthcare Design (HCD) Magazine’s 2017 Healthcare Design Showcase. A jury made up of representatives of from HCD, the Center for Health Design, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) scored projects based on categories of innovation, community collaboration, aesthetics, and operational performance.

The project was published in the August issue of the magazine. Click here to view the publication.

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

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

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

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

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

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation White Paper Published by the American College of Healthcare Architects

A white paper by Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Healthcare Planner Debbie Phillips, AIA, ACHA, EDAC was published by the American College of Healthcare Architects and appeared in the Summer 2017 ACHA Quarterly Newsletter.

The Ballinger team conducted a post-occupancy evaluation at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital (PMCCH) comparing the recently completed Lasko Tower, designed by Ballinger, to a unit in the neighboring West Building.

Since the move from West Building to Lasko Tower, the hospital has seen significant improvements in HCAHPS and staff satisfaction. The results from this study informed Ballinger’s design for PMCCH’s next bed tower, currently under construction.

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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.”

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Quadruple Aim and the Importance of Place

MCDQuadruple Aim and the Importance of Place, an article by Ballinger’s Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, was published in the March/April 2017 issue of Medical Construction and Design Magazine. The article suggests that health networks and architects must act together to put forth a diversity of healthcare facility solutions, thereby delivering the right care, at the right time, with the right price, in the right place.

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Reading HealthPlex: Q&A with Senior Electrical Engineer Ben Medich

In January 2017, construction was completed on Tower Health System’s new Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care. At first glance, the Ballinger-designed 465,000 SF facility is notable for its 88,000 SF green roof, which serves to visually minimize the massive 115,000 SF operating platform footprint and provide patients with an environment that promotes healing. Equally important to patient experience, however, are the advanced systems employed by Ballinger’s engineers to ensure that the hospital is able to provide seamless care under any circumstances. We sat down with Ballinger Engineer on the project, Ben Medich, PE to learn about how the engineering team approached the unique challenges of this project:

What factors need to be considered when designing a power system for a hospital as large as the Reading HealthPlex?

BM: It’s crucial for all hospitals to have reliable power supplies in case of power outage. At Reading HealthPlex, everything from the technologically advanced machines in the surgical suites to the lights in the patient rooms are critically important to patient care. We drew from our previous hospital experience and also considered reliability strategies employed in data centers when designing this power platform.

What sort of solutions did you come up with?

BM: Our system employs fully-redundant UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) systems. Each UPS has N+1 flywheels for energy storage to back-up all of the lighting and receptacle power in the building and ensure no disruption to the medical equipment or patient care during a power outage. The systems are employed in conjunction with the paralleled backup-generators to provide both short-time ride-through of transients and intermediate-term power backup.

So what would happen if there was a power outage?

BM: Our design allows for 96-hours of on-site fuel storage for the generators. The system will function without interruption to the power of emergency and life-support systems. Even if the UPS units were not online, the power system would still meet The Joint Commission’s requirements for back-up power to critical and life safety systems within 10 seconds of power loss. This allows us to design the system without requiring the UPS units to have a UL 1008 listing, which is not available in large sizes.

In the event of a natural or man-made disaster that could impact the power supply, the hospital can continue to fulfill its commitment to emergency preparedness and patient safety.

The Pennovation Center: Q&A with Chief Structural Engineer Angela Fante

The 62,000 SF Pennovation Center is an incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster tech start-ups.  Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS Architects to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility into a flexible laboratory and co-working office space.  Building operations and tenant occupancy started in Fall 2016 with positive reviews from the design and engineering community and the building’s occupants.

We caught up with Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP.

One of the building’s most striking features is the dramatic faceted glass outcrop.  Can you tell us about what went in to engineering that?

ANGELA FANTE:  Through collaboration with the architect and University, we were able to meet an incredibly complex structural challenge with an elegant solution. The addition of the north elevation ‘faceted façade’ had an immensely complex effect on the existing building frame.

It is not structured with cantilevers, a misnomer many are giving the north extension’s structure.

Pennovation exterior photo

If not a cantilever, what is it?

AF:  Because the architectural design required maintaining the same horizontal banding depth across the existing to new addition interface, there wasn’t enough depth to accommodate the structure needed to cantilever the addition.  Instead, we broke the north elevation into seven individual existing column frame elevations. From there, we designed new diagonal ‘column props’ and horizontal floor strut/tie beams, which impose either a horizontal tension or compression on the existing frame, at different levels throughout the geometry of the façade.

The effect on the frame was a series of ‘pushes and pulls’ on the existing building structure, none of which it was originally designed for when it was constructed in 1954.  (In that era, engineers barely considered wind and earthquake loading).

3D view of “pitch bleacher” structure

 How are those “pushes and pulls” supported by the existing building frame?

AF:  Although the appearance of the geometry of the addition looks complex, the interface between the new and existing building boils down to 28 unique connection points (seven existing grid lines x four floor levels), each custom-detailed to develop and complete the load path from the new to the existing frame.  Once the tension or compression at each of the 28 nodes transfers to the existing north column line, the ‘dots’ of the load path are connected back through the structure down to the foundation.  New horizontal bracing in the plane of the floors was inserted within the existing building where required to transfer the horizontal force through the respective floor levels and then into the three vertical braced frame lines.  The vertical braced frames are strategically hidden within the exterior walls or exposed to view in the co-working areas, as part of the raw, industrial aesthetic.

At the base of the braced frames, the accumulated collection of these load terminates  in two-foot thick x 22’-long x full basement story height walls, ballasting the new structure against uplift and preventing the structure from lifting out of the ground.

It was like designing for the weight of 50 elephants pulling on the north face of the building.

Pennovation Center Achieves LEED Gold

Pennovation Center, a groundbreaking incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania, was certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Ballinger served as structural and MEP engineer of record for the project.  Working hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS, Ballinger engineers helped transform a former DuPoint paint testing facility into the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.

View of room at PennovationThe design of the energy systems is high performance, but with a start-up developer’s sensibility.  A rooftop Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) unit with dual energy recovery wheels delivers dehumidified neutral air (63 degrees Fahrenheit) for ventilation of wet lab, dry lab and office work space without requiring any reheat.  Cooling is provided via Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) units in each space, and heating is via perimeter radiation powered by a prefabricated condensing boiler plant on the roof. According to Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, “The system minimizes pre-investment – VRF units can be added as needed.  It is also extremely flexible and able to accommodate a wide range of space uses without costly system modification or additions.” Sustainability and flexibility align with the project goal: to create an atmosphere for collaboration and creativity, with a “cool factor” to attract innovators from diverse disciplines.

Evaluating the Benefits of Decentralized Stations Beyond Patient Visibility

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

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

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

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Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative Recognizes B::Engaged

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tradeline: Hospital Expansion Inspires Workplace Redesign and Cultural Change

Tradeline published a report “Hospital Expansion Inspires Workplace Redesign and Cultural Change,” based on a talk by Douglas E. Carney, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate and Capital Programs for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Ballinger’s Keith C.H. Mock, AIA and Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP. It describes the rigorous, research-based approach Ballinger employed, in partnership with CHOP, to redesign CHOP’s workspaces. The “Test of Change” informed the design of CHOP’s Schuylkill Avenue Phase 1, currently under construction.

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Tradeline Report: Retrofit or Renovate?

Tradeline has published a report entitled “Penn Renovation Yields Class A Laboratory Space for Half the Cost of New Construction: Weighing the Cost/Benefit of Retrofit vs. Gut Renovation.”

The article was inspired by a Tradeline conference talk delivered by Ballinger’s Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, and Eric Swanson, AIA, along with Perelman School of Medicine’s Eric Weckel, AIA, Executive Director for Space Planning and Operations. It presents the strategy, phased approach, and cost-saving steps behind the major renovation of Stemmler Hall, a 1970s research, classroom and administrative building in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Ballinger’s Jonathan Friedan is quoted: “When you just do system replacements, you can get good, but not optimal, energy reductions. But you also get people complaining, ‘We spent millions of dollars, and what did we get?’ They’re still in aged compartmentalized labs, and wishing instead that they were in the brand-new lab down the street. We didn’t want to retrofit Stemmler Hall’s systems without doing something transformative to the building.”

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Ballinger’s design approach to interdisciplinary buildings featured in Tradeline Report

Can architecture create a culture of collaboration? Tradeline’s recent article “Transforming Organizational Culture through Building Design” explores the goals and challenges faced by Dr. Peter Gillies, Founding Director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers University, as he launched the Institute and imagined an open environment that would foster such a culture.

Ballinger’s approach to interdisciplinary facility design fosters cross-discipline collaborations and emergent outcomes. Our design for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, opened in July 2015, reflects the ambitious goal of the barrier-breaking Institute: connect a wide range of disciplines to solve the childhood obesity epidemic. Co-located within the building are a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research center, a healthy eating courtyard and a pre-school, as well as wet and dry labs, workspaces and outreach meeting spaces. An open stair integrates the building vertically and features New Jersey’s largest indoor living wall.

The article, based on a conference talk given by Ballinger principals Jeffrey S. French, FAIA and Craig S. Spangler, AIA, along with Dr. Gillies, also examines convergent environments at the University of Wisconsin and George Washington University, whose characteristics of transparency and visual access informed some of the IFNH design strategies.

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VP Joe Biden Visits Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center

Kicking off the Obama Administration’s national initiative to find a cure for cancer, VP Joe Biden visited Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center yesterday. Ballinger engineering designed the Mechanical & Electrical systems for the Abramson Cancer Center research facilities located in the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies in the new South Tower.

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Ballinger Featured in Interior Design Best of Office

Ballinger’s renovation of 98,000 SF for a corporate client in Branchburg, New Jersey is featured in Interior Design’s hardcover publication “Best of Office.” A two-page spread describes Ballinger’s unique solutions for converting a warehouse into an engaging workplace.

With a foreword by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen, the book features inspiring office interiors from around the world.

The Wistar Institute Featured in Modern Steel Construction

Modern Steel Construction, published by the American Institute of Steel Construction, features the Wistar Institute’s Robert and Penny Fox Tower on its cover. Associate Principal Edward J. Zinski wrote an article for the December issue describing Ballinger’s unique solutions for this complex urban project.

The Robert and Penny Fox Tower satisfies the Institute’s need for state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research space and a stronger, more unified visual identity.

The project comprises a seven-story research tower, a new entrance leading to a public Forum, and a central utility plant. In addition to the design and engineering of the research building, Ballinger provided existing facility assessment, master planning, and programming to determine the best solution for Wistar.

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Reading Hospital 7th Avenue Building Drone Footage


Focused on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus, the design of Reading Hospital’s new 465,000 SF 7th Avenue building turns the site and program challenges into opportunities for connectivity, enhanced green space and advanced medical care. Fully 72% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof and part of a two-acre public garden. The change in grade of the sloping site provides a perfect opportunity to integrate the lower levels of the building with the topography. The large footprint – 110,000 SF dedicated to surgical services – is partially contained beneath the vast network of green spaces accessible to patients, visitors and staff. A patient tower rises from this landscaped plinth and connects to existing adjacent buildings to complete a major public circulation axis extending across the campus. The new facility maximizes daylighting and takes advantage of views of the neighboring public gardens and art museum.

in::sync media recently completed the fly around of the new building under construction.

Ballinger Helps Academic Medical Centers Move Beyond State-of-the-Art to Anticipate the Road Ahead

In the Sept-Oct 2015 issue of Medical Construction and Design, Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, discusses the future of Academic Medical Centers (AMC).  AMCs account for 6 percent of care providers, but contribute 20 percent of all hospital care and 40 percent of the uncompensated charity care in the US.  With a disproportionately large market share, AMCs are the first to feel the impact of regulatory and market pressures.  To neutralize pressures without sacrificing mission or quality of care, AMCs must identify strategies to ensure regenerative institutional growth.  Forward-thinking planning and design can contribute directly to the agility of these institutions.

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Tradeline Report: Convergence Drives New Approaches to Strategic Planning

Tradeline published a report featuring Ballinger’s design for a new engineering teaching and research building at the University of Maryland, College Park. Designed to facilitate the practical integration of bioscience, medicine and engineering, the building will serve as a national center for innovation.

The report is based on presentations at Tradeline’s College and University Science Facilities 2014 conference, given by Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler; lab planner Jeffrey Schantz; Founding Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, Bill Bentley; and Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Darryll Pines.

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Ballinger’s Central Utility Plant powers CHOP’s New Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

 

Long-time Ballinger client, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, opened its doors at the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Monday. The Buerger Center is a major part of the new Raymond G. Perelman Campus, master planned by Ballinger. It’s powered by the Central Utility Plant, which maintains 24-hour utility generation. Utilities produced and distributed include compressed air, chilled water, hot water and electricity, among others.

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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’s Design for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center Featured in SNAP

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center, designed by Ballinger, is the subject of a case study in SNAP, a bi-monthly publication covering new building products and trends for architects and building designers.

In it Ballinger Principal Eric W. Swanson, AIA describes the design aspiration to “change how people felt about cancer care by setting a different tone.” Focused on regeneration and reconnection to living systems, the two-story building extends on a radial grid from a courtyard healing garden. Glazed skins and multiple points of access provide a continuous dialogue between interior and exterior, creating a visually open and calming environment for patients.

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A World of Research Under One Roof

The opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall is the cover story of the Winter 2015 edition of GW Magazine. “It’s an impressive building in an impressive location,” says Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor at GW’s School for Engineering and Applied Science.

Chemistry professor Susan Gillmor described the experience of students working in the new building, “Instead of this being a drag that you have to go to lab for four hours, you are going into a lab that inspires you, a lab where you want to learn.”

Completed in 2014, Science and Engineering Hall 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.

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Inspired by Data Centers, Ballinger Engineers Protect the Power Supply for Patients

An article by Ballinger’s Benjamin O. Medich, PE and Reading Health System’s David J. Major, PE, CHC, CHFM was published by Medical Construction + Design Magazine (MCD). The piece describes the power supply design for the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, which applies techniques from modern data centers. High quality and highly reliable power is critical in healthcare environments.

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Ballinger Among Top A/E Firms for BD+C Giants 300

Ballinger is pleased to be recognized in this year’s Building Design and Construction Giants 300 Report for Top Architecture/Engineering Firms. In addition to the firm’s overall ranking (#32), Ballinger ranked #26 in the Top BIM Architecture Firms category, #22 in the Top University Sector Architecture Firms category and #23 in the Top Healthcare Sector Architecture Firms category.

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Ballinger Makes Distinguished ARCHITECT 50

Each year, ARCHITECT magazine conducts an in-depth survey to produce a qualitative ranking of the top 50 architecture firms across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. Based on factors such as net revenue per employee, profits invested in research, and energy efficient metrics in conjunction with the AIA 2030 challenge, Ballinger was ranked #39 overall. Ballinger’s commitment to sustainable design was recognized with a rank of 25 in the sustainability category.

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