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ILSB Recognized by AIA Maryland

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was recognized by the AIA Maryland Excellence in Design awards program. The project received a Jury Citation for Institutional Architecture during a virtual awards ceremony held September 24.

Designed and engineered by Ballinger, the ILSB creates a highly visible home for the sciences on campus and furthers UMBC’s vision of inclusive academic excellence. Teaching and research laboratories line a north-facing glass wall looking onto a flowing campus walkway, creating a living billboard for the sciences. The glass-clad laboratory volume attaches to a brick clad mass that blends with the campus in scale and materiality. Pedestrian walkways flow around bioretention areas capturing site and roof water to visibly link science and sustainability while creating a memorable campus landscape. A double-height commons creates a central meeting and interaction space immediately accessible to the teaching portion of the building. A monumental public art installation designed by artist Volkan Alkanoglu, “In Flight”, is featured to both join art with science and also to elevate the public experience of the student commons on campus.

University of Maryland Baltimore County Project Featured in Context Magazine

Ballinger’s Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The issue is dedicated to the concept of collaboration.

The design profile focuses on the collaboration between UMBC, Ballinger and Volkan Alkanoglu, the artist responsible for “In Flight”, a dynamic installation in the building commons.

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Ballinger Recognized as a 2019 EPiC Firm

Ballinger was officially recognized as a 2019 EPiC (Emerging Professionals in the Community) Firm at the AIA Pennsylvania Chapter awards broadcast last evening. The award honors Pennsylvania firms that support EPiC’s mission to promote the professional development of emerging professionals through leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. Emerging professionals include architecture students, Associate AIA members, and architects licensed for 10 years or less.

EPiC firms commit to not only develop future leaders in architecture and design but offer them opportunity to grow as leaders, innovate their approaches, advocate for themselves and their profession, and expand their professional networks.

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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.

Closing the information gap with the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

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

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

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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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Louis Meilink Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr. was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture.

Since joining the firm in 1987, Lou’s design solutions have helped shape the future of healthcare. He led the design of significant buildings for NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical College, Tower Health System, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, NYU Langone Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, among others. Lou is an author, speaker and active member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

Lou was nominated by Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA who described Lou as “a talented architect with a unique ability to balance the programmatic, budget and schedule demands of the healthcare client while aspiring to create noteworthy buildings with innovative healing environments. Consequently, he has become a trusted advisor to some of the nation’s top academic medical center leaders.”

Ballinger colleague William R. Gustafson, FAIA served as Lou’s sponsor. “I have been working with Lou for his entire 31-year career at Ballinger, and have watched him balance firm leadership, project responsibilities, and knowledge-sharing, all with humility and grace,” Gustafson said.

The Fellowship program recognizes architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Fellows are selected by a seven-member jury of peers. Stringent requirements result in only three percent of the AIA’s more than 91,000 members being recognized as fellows, among them current Ballinger principals William R. Gustafson, FAIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA.

Fellows will be honored at a ceremony on June 7, 2019 at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.

Ballinger: Fostering Emerging Professionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Timeline Wall: A Reflection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballinger: Fostering Emerging Professionals

Ballinger was proud to be recognized as a 2016 Pennsylvania Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals. The AIA PA Fostering Emerging Professionals designation attests to a firm’s commitment to developing the careers of young professionals. The three main criteria for the designation are: the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), the role of leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm throughout the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) process.

Ballinger principal Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the award with senior designer Charlotte DiGiorgio at the AIA Pennsylvania Design Awards Gala.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monterey Bay Aquarium wins AIA 25 Year Award

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was awarded the 2016 Twenty-five Year Award by the AIA. This award, recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, is conferred on a project that has stood the test of time for 30+ years to date. The aquarium opened in 1984 and continues to be one of California’s most-visited tourist attractions. The aquarium is located directly on Monterey Bay, where seawater, airborne salts, and the marine environment, both internally and externally, take a significant toll on the facility’s infrastructure. Key to the Aquarium’s durability has been a commitment to ongoing investment in infrastructure renewal.  Every 5 years since 1999, Ballinger has sent an expert team to comprehensively assess every aspect of the facility – from the roofs and concrete decks to the huge seawater tank exhibits to the life support systems infrastructure.  Working closely with the Aquarium’s planning and physical plant staff, a comprehensive 5-year renewal spending plan results.  Ballinger is very proud of our role in helping the Monterey Bay Aquarium fulfill its ever evolving mission to protect our marine environment.

Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte

Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte

The AIA jury called the project “a brilliant, gritty adaptive reuse, and still at the forefront of interactive museum space.”

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Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation Fon S. Wang Wins AIA Philadelphia’s 2015 Young Architect Award

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP received the 2015 Young Architect Award at the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Gala held on October 14th at the National Museum of American Jewish History. One of the highest honors presented by AIA Philadelphia, the Young Architect Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the architectural profession in the categories of leadership, practice and service.

Over the course of her 17-year career, Fon has led projects ranging from state-of-the-art academic facilities to the restoration of a late 19th century station house. Her practical knowledge in sensitive interventions to existing heritage structures, as well as new construction in a historic context, is attuned to the evolving requirements of today’s occupants. Her designs adhere to the guidelines of the preservation community and building codes while recognizing the importance of evolving environmental and cultural concerns. 

Fon is a Board Member for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Co-chair of Community Outreach Committee for CREW Philadelphia and volunteers her professional design services for the Community Design Collaborative. 

Fon holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the inaugural recipient of the David De Long Fellowship. She is a lecturer at PennDesign’s Historic Preservation Studio.

Ballinger’s Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs wins AIA PA Award

Ballinger’s addition and renovation of the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs received an Honor Award at Thursday’s AIA Pennsylvania Design Awards Gala. The 2015 Architectural Excellence Design Awards celebrate exceptional architecture and design.

Light-filled and open, the Undergraduate Teaching Labs put interdisciplinary learning on display. Ballinger designed the active learning and research facility for Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics departments.

 

Ballinger Wins Two Philadelphia AIA Awards

Two Ballinger projects were honored with Design Awards from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program recognizes the best in architectural design among AIA Philadelphia members.

Ballinger’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs at Johns Hopkins University received an Honor Award. Light-filled and open, the four-story building accommodates a variety of teaching methods and learning styles, and its flexible and open layout enables cross-disciplinary learning and research opportunities.

The Nexus Building at Adelphi University received a Silver Award, the highest honor in the Unbuilt category. Ballinger provided architecture, planning, interior design and engineering services for this innovative learning environment prominently located at the entrance to Adelphi’s campus.