Articles Tagged with: Angela M. Fante

Ballinger participates in national workplace dialogue

Ballinger principal Angela Fante, PE, LEED AP will be a panelist at the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Structural Engineering Summit in New York City on February 16. The panel discussion, titled “Flexible or Rigid? Rethinking Workplace Flexibility,” will explore the challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic workplace.

Angela will be joined on the panel by Cervente Sudduth, PE, president of DuBois Consultants in Kansas City and Jennifer Ridd, PE, principal at JQ Engineering in Dallas. The discussion will be moderated by Marcus Freeman, PE of Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle.

Angela is a member of NCSEA’s national Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Committee, which captures and shares metrics on career advancement and work-life balance, to support engagement, equity, diversity and retention within the industry.

In 2016 Ballinger launched B::Flex, a program enabling remote work and allowing employees to customize work schedules. Established digital tools for collaborating remotely enabled Ballinger to rapidly adapt to remote work at the onset of COVID-19.

Elevating Engineering

Angela Fante, PE, LEED AP provides an in-depth look into the engineering achievements of the University of Rhode Island Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering in the January 2022 edition of Modern Steel Construction.

Excerpted from Modern Steel Construction:

Engineering is rooted in practicality and principles, but its promise is transformational and inspiring.

This was the mindset of University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright when it came to the school’s new Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. The project represents Wright’s ambitious mission to create a “transformational building that fosters a vibrant and innovative environment by attracting the best faculty, students, and industry partners.”

Constructed on the former site of five demolished engineering buildings on the university’s main South Kingstown campus, the new engineering building serves as a “bridge” between the liberal arts programs at campus south and the basic sciences at campus north.

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Grand View Health Expansion Tops Out

Grand View Health celebrated a milestone in the construction of a 190,000 SF expansion in Sellersville, PA. The new six-floor pavilion connects to the existing hospital and will house private patient rooms, technologically advanced operating rooms, and a two-level lobby filled with natural light.

Ballinger provided planning, architecture, engineering, and interior design services for the state-of-the-art facility, designed to prioritize wellness for patients, visitors, and staff. Inspired by its site and the values Grand View Health has upheld since its founding in 1913, the building enables the hospital to expand its clinical services.

Representatives from Grand View Health and the design and construction teams gathered to celebrate the placing of the final steel beam of the structure. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Read more about the topping ceremony here.

Sketch of Grand View Health

DVASE Outstanding Project Award

Ballinger won an Outstanding Project Award from the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at the annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards ceremony held May 12.

The honor was awarded to a confidential Philadelphia project with complex structural and logistical challenges.

Angela Fante to Speak at Engineering Mentoring Event

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer, Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, will participate in a virtual mentoring event hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE). WiSE Philadelphia is an affiliate of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) and provides a community for female structural engineers.

The event, scheduled for Thursday, January 28th at 4:30 PM, will include a formal Q&A followed by questions from attendees.  

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Ballinger on the Structural Engineering Channel Podcast

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP was a guest on the Structural Engineering Channel, a podcast from the Engineering Management Institute. Co-hosts Mathew Picardal, PE and Alexis Clark, PE interviewed Angie about the structural engineering walking tour of St. Louis she recently developed with support from the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). Angie researched and recorded the tour as a way to highlight and explain notable engineering achievements.

Listen to the podcast https://engineeringmanagementinstitute.org/tsec-22-structural-engineering-city-walking-tour-app/

Ballinger’s Angela Fante Authors Structural Engineering Walking Tour

Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, created a walking tour of structural engineering sights in downtown St. Louis, MO. Available on the PocketSights mobile app, the tour is designed for professional engineers as well as a general audience and highlights structural engineering feats throughout the city.

Angela serves as Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE SEI) and with SEI support, created the three-mile tour for the upcoming Structures Congress scheduled to take place in St. Louis April 5-8. The tour includes stops at Union Station Hotel (the conference venue and a historic former train station containing what was once the world’s longest truss span), the iconic Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, and the Wainwright Building, a Louis Sullivan building which is often referred to as the first successful utilization of steel construction.

Available for download now, the tour will officially debut at a Structures Congress networking event on April 5.

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Ballinger Announces Expanded Firm Leadership

In the spirit of continued firm growth and evolution, Ballinger is proud to expand our leadership. We are delighted to announce seven new Principals and shareholders of the firm.

STEPHEN BARTLETT, AIA, LEED AP
Since joining Ballinger in 1999, Steve has served in a variety of firm leadership roles including Architectural Studio Leader and Senior Project Designer. He has worked in diverse market sectors and collaboratively led the design of some of the firm’s most prestigious commissions. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country and will continue to advance the firm’s design portfolio in higher education.

ERIN NUNES COOPER, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
Erin joined Ballinger in 2011 and has served as Director of Project Management as well as Senior Project Manager for many of the firm’s most significant healthcare projects.  Erin has been a spokesperson for Ballinger and the healthcare industry in print and on-air forums, and a mentor for women in design. This year she was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HCD 10. In her role as Principal, Erin will continue to cultivate the firm’s healthcare practice.

ANGELA M. FANTE, PE, SECB, LEED AP
Angie joined Ballinger in 2000 and emerged as a leader within the firm, first as the Structural Group Manager and now as Chief Structural Engineer.  Her focus on technical expertise, interdisciplinary coordination, and quality control has been key to the successful completion of many complex building and renovation projects. In addition to her engineering leadership, Angie will be expanding her role in client engagement across market sectors.

THOMAS J. PARR, JR., AIA
Tom joined Ballinger in 1997 and has served in leadership roles including Architectural Studio Manager and Senior Project Manager. He has guided diverse healthcare clients through complex renovation and expansion initiatives, orchestrating project teams and facilitating creative design solutions. Tom will continue to manage important client relationships while furthering the expansion and evolution of Ballinger’s healthcare portfolio.

DENNIS POTTER, PE, LEED AP
Since joining Ballinger in 1996, Dennis has become a leader in sustainable systems design, applying his expertise to the corporate, academic and healthcare sectors.  Having served as Director of Engineering, he has cultivated the skills of junior engineers, promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration, and been a champion of flexible, efficient engineering solutions. As Principal, Dennis will be expanding the firm’s engineering portfolio across market sectors.

DAVID MARK RIZ, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
David joined Ballinger in 2019 as Principal after 20 years with KieranTimberlake, where he led many award-winning projects at colleges and universities across the country. He has been published widely, is a frequent lecturer, and has been a juror for multiple award programs. David will concentrate his efforts in the firm’s higher education sector with particular emphasis on client relationship and design management.

ROB W. VOSS, AIA, LEED AP
Rob joined Ballinger in 1996 and as Associate Principal and Studio Leader has provided leadership through innovation in design and project delivery for some of the firm’s most prestigious academic commissions. His approach to design balances aesthetics and functionality with local context to create enduring solutions. Recognized by clients as a collaborative and engaging leader, Rob will be continuing to advance and expand the firm’s higher education practice.

Learn more at http://www.ballinger.com/leadership/

 

Angela Fante Presents at ASCE-RI Meeting

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

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

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month, we asked Ballinger staff members to share advice and their perspectives as women in architecture, engineering and interior design. We’ll be sharing more thoughts from the remarkable women of Ballinger throughout the year.

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.