Articles Tagged with: Angela M. Fante

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.

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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.


Ballinger Structural Engineering Principal to Present at Summit

Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will be presenting today at the Structural Engineering Equity and Engagement Symposium in Anaheim, CA. The event, as part of the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit from November 12 to 15, is hosted annually by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and entails a variety of events including high-quality educational talks, industry exhibitors, and peer networking to advance the industry.

Angela’s will be joining the 2019 summit as a SE3 Committee Member and will be presenting on Performance Reviews and Feedback specifically. Her talk will focus on the necessity of feedback and the importance of always advocating for oneself in a performance review cycle. As an experienced structural engineer and leader in the field, Angela brings extensive insight on the industry and will engage the summit audience to be able to bring actionable knowledge back to their own practices.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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Ballinger Principal to Mentor Women in Engineering and Architecture

Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will participate in a speed mentoring event organized by AIA Philadelphia’s Women in Architecture (WIA) and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers Women In Structural Engineering (DVASE WiSE).  The annual event is an opportunity for quick information exchange in small group settings, focused on goals and professional challenges. Participants rapidly build professional networks and share successful ways to excel in the design profession. This year’s event will be held at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design on Wednesday, April 10.

As a Principal and Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angie has been an integral team member on several significant building projects, while also leading Ballinger’s structural engineering department and consistently raising standards for Ballinger’s construction documents. “I was very fortunate to have had strong mentors during my early years in the profession.  Had it not been for their patience and guidance, I may not still be a practicing engineer!  It’s important for the next generation of architects and engineers to engage with those who have successfully emerged on the other side of those challenging first few years,” Angie said.

Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Project Management, Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was a mentor at the 2018 event. She described the experience as “a wonderful opportunity to connect with many exceptional women in the profession, all learning from each other.”

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Ballinger Chief Structural Engineer Chair of ASCE SEI Public Relations Committee

As of October 1st, Ballinger associate principal Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP is Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE SEI). The national role entails collaborating with the president and board of governors of the Institute to elevate the role of the structural engineer – not just in practice, but in society as a whole.

Energized by the SEI president’s vision, Angie will address issues that relate to the public image of professional structural engineers and will work to encourage structural engineers to take their rightful place in today’s world through their ability to solve problems, lead, and innovate.

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.

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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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.

Angela Fante appointed Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer succeeding Ed Zinski

The architecture/engineering firm Ballinger is proud to announce the promotion of Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP to the position of Chief Structural Engineer.  Ms. Fante began at Ballinger in the year 2000 and is currently an Associate Principal and Structural Group Manager.  She succeeds Ed Zinski who has served as Chief Structural Engineer for 26 years and will continue to serve at Ballinger as a quality assurance advisor.

“Angela Fante brings to the role of Chief Structural Engineer a combination of vision, unrelenting drive, and passion for our clients. She has successfully led many of Ballinger’s most significant projects over the past decade,” Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan said.

Mr. Friedan continued: “She is a superb engineer.  She uses a full range of digital tools to make great design for exceptional buildings happen.  She guides every step of the process from initial concepts to value engineering, to well-integrated detailing to field consulting.  With a brilliant mind, worn steel-toed boots and a good heart, she makes everyone of us better.  Angie is the ideal Chief Structural Engineer to succeed Ed and will continue to lead Ballinger well into the 21st century.”

Ms. Fante will lead Ballinger’s structural engineering into the realm of new analysis and modeling technologies, delivery methods, and innovative ways of revisiting traditional building solutions.

In addition to her responsibilities within the firm, Ms. Fante is currently a member of the Delaware Valley Engineers Week PR committee.  In 2011, she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.  She earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is licensed in 18 states, including Washington, DC.

“It is both an honor and a great responsibility to carry on the legacy of structural engineering excellence at Ballinger,” Ms. Fante said. “I’m taking the lead at a time when our team’s ability to execute and deliver both consistent and innovative results for clients is strong. This is in no small part due to Ed’s prior leadership, his disciplined process and attention to detail, and instilling in the team the notion that anything is possible in structures if we remain vigilant in adhering to basic engineering principles.”

Mr. Zinski became Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer in 1990, having previously worked as vice-president of a national structural engineering consulting firm. During his tenure, Ed has led the advancement of the Quality Assurance / Quality Control (“QA/QC”) program across all disciplines throughout the firm, enhancing Ballinger’s reputation as one of the leading design firms in the country. Ed earned his Bachelors of Architectural Engineering from Penn State and Masters in Engineering from University of South Florida.

In recent years, Ballinger’s structural project engineering has been the recipient of the prestigious “Presidential Award of Excellence” from the American Institute of Steel Construction, as well as many other project awards from the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Architects, Engineering News Record, the Concrete Foundation Association, and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers.

Ballinger’s History of Chief Structural Engineers

Ballinger traces its founding to 1878, making it one of the first architecture/engineering firms in the United States. Excellence in structural engineering has a long tradition at Ballinger with a distinguished lineage of Chief Structural Engineers over the past 65 years including:

  • Angela Fante; 2016 –
  • Edward Zinski; 1990 – 2016
  • Felix “Phil” DiNicolantonio
  • Walter Bruhns
  • John DeMoll

Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs wins 2016 SCUP Award


The Ballinger-designed Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories is a 2016 Honor Award Recipient for SCUP/AIA/CAE Excellence in the category of Architecture-Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse. The jury selected ten Honor, fourteen Merit, and eleven Honorable Mention Awards this year.



On July 12th at SCUP-51, the Annual International Conference to be held in Vancouver, members of the jury will present a 90-minute session on observations from this year’s submittals, what was “excellent,” best practices and the challenges that lie ahead for higher education.

Established in 1965, The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a community of higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. 

For the full list of SCUP winners, click here.


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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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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