New technologies and construction methods are breathing new life into older buildings, enabling multidisciplinary translational research, teaching, and clinical programs in spaces previously considered unsuitable.
Ballinger worked with the Perelman School of Medicine to transform Stemmler Hall, a 1970s era biomedical research and teaching facility in the heart of Penn’s campus. Primarily a laboratory facility, the building also contains a large lecture hall, office and classrooms areas, a morgue, a portion of the School of Medicine’s library, and a vivarium.
After 40 years of servicing Penn, annual energy costs were high for the 230,000 SF building and faulty systems and equipment required continual repair.
Part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Century Bond initiative, the phased renovation improved overall building system performance and energy efficiency, provided flexible infrastructure for future reconfiguration, addressed deferred maintenance, and optimized space utilization. The renovation included replacing the systems infrastructure while simultaneously renovating floors for program and research flexibility. Next generation building systems, including chilled beams and neutral air and high performance fume hoods, created parity between Stemmler Hall and neighboring new campus facilities.