Articles Tagged with: Academic

Celebrating Engineers Week

February 16-22 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. As one of the first firms in the country to merge the disciplines of architecture and engineering into a professional practice, we take pride in creating inspiring environments for engineering learning and discovery.

In honor of Engineers Week, we’re profiling the recently completed A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Conceived to foster broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic hub for innovation, it brings together students from various engineering and technology disciplines with a common interest in enhancing lives through medical advancement. A Student Innovation Lab serves as the building’s “working commons,” a highly-flexible team-based makerspace for both small and large projects.

An adjacent forum with operable walls hosts classes and serves as a campus-wide events venue.

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Exposed systems throughout the building provide didactic opportunities for the School of Engineering. These functional systems are compositionally orchestrated to be central to the architectural experience.

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“Clark Hall embodies the future of multidisciplinary engineering with human impact,” Darryll J. Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the next University of Maryland president, said at Clark Hall’s ribbon-cutting. “These state-of-the-art facilities will create the next generation of engineers who will advance human health worldwide, transforming millions of lives.”

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Adelphi Nexus Building Wins 2019 Honor Award

Ballinger’s design for the Adelphi University Nexus Building was awarded the 2019 AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award. Winners were selected based on significant contributions toward a better and more sustainable built environment in the categories of architecture, historic preservation, interior architecture, regional and urban design, and impact design.

The Nexus Building serves at the University’s welcome center and houses training and teaching spaces for the School of Nursing as well as innovative learning environments. As the Adelphi campus is an arboretum, landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers, and combined with other sustainable features, contributed to LEED Silver certification.

The award ceremony was broadcast live at a variety of viewing parties in the Philadelphia region.

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 Leads SCUP Mid-Atlantic tour

Ballinger Senior Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, joined by fellow leaders in college and university planning, lead a tour of Swarthmore College’s newest addition, Maxine Frank Singer ‘52 Hall. The event was part of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Mid-Atlantic Symposium held October 16.

Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore’s Jan Semler, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, described the College’s intent to create a collaborative environment that combines the departments of biology, engineering, and psychology and how Ballinger translated that intent into a design. Ballinger provided planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF building, which will house expanded, modern space for science research and teaching, including classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons areas.

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.

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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

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building at Berea College Awarded LEED Gold

Natual & Health Sciences Building The recently completed Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building (MAC) at Berea College was awarded LEED Gold certification and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification. Ballinger served as architect and engineer for the highly-visible 125,000 SF new building, designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of science and health.

Energy consumption in a laboratory is driven by outdoor air requirements, the heating and cooling to condition this air, and high internal heat gains from laboratory equipment. Ballinger designed sustainable systems within MAC to mitigate the energy impact of these drivers. Enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels deliver neutral temperature ventilation air. The design decouples ventilation requirements from heating and cooling demands. Active chilled beams provide sensible cooling throughout the building.

The project also received the Forest Stewardship Council’s Full Project Certification. This certification requires a full audit of all wood products used in construction and verification that they were sourced with ecological responsibility. Low-tech horse-logging techniques were used to sustainably harvest timber from ash trees at risk by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Once the timber was milled, Berea College Woodcraft students designed and constructed the native-ash panels that now sheathe the building’s atrium. Berea is now home to five of eight FSC certified projects in the US and one of only 85 worldwide.

Swarthmore’s Singer Hall Named in Honor of Scientist Alumna

Swarthmore College’s new biology, engineering and psychology building, currently under construction, will be named Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall, becoming one of the first science buildings named for a woman on an American college campus.

Swarthmore CollegeAfter graduating from Swarthmore in 1952, Maxine Frank Singer earned a PhD in biochemistry from Yale University and went on to make significant scientific breakthroughs, including helping to decipher the human genetic code. In addition to conducting research and serving as a science administrator, she helped formulate the National Institutes of Health’s guidelines about how research in genetic engineering should be carried out.

The naming in Singer’s honor was proposed by the family of Eugene Lang, who donated $50 million to the building project.

Ballinger led the planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF interdisciplinary hub, which will promote synergies between engineering and other academic disciplines. The building will include classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons.

Link to details: Swarthmore College Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall

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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