Articles Tagged with: Awards

American University Hall of Science wins IIDA award

The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored American University’s Hall of Science with an award in the ‘Best of Education/Institution under 30,000 SF’ category. Ballinger designed this vibrant, LEED Gold building to unify the University’s life sciences under one roof. The jury found “the focus on collaboration to be seamlessly integrated throughout the school’s design, with pockets supporting this around every corner. The use of natural light harmonizes with the finish palette, and is only further enhanced by the simplistic and clean lighting choices.”

Fascitelli Center Recognized with AIA Tri-State Design Award

The 2021 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tri-State Design Awards celebrated design excellence and impact on the built environment among three of the largest AIA chapters, with nearly 14,000 members across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The jury was comprised of thee accomplished architects from across the country.

The Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island received a Merit Award in the architecture category. The Ballinger-planned, designed, and engineered building is a vibrant place for interaction and innovation.

Ballinger collaborated with the university to develop a cross-discipline teaching and research complex to meet ever-changing tech demands and the global reach of engineering. Juror Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez noted the building “proposes an interesting solution” to the university’s growing engineering program and “works well with the existing buildings” to create quads and courtyards to ultimately “make a better campus” for students and teachers alike.

Watch the awards program here

Exterior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island illuminated at dusk.
Interior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island

Ballinger Projects Receive AIA Philadelphia Design Awards

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building and Penn Medicine Radnor were honored at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia 2021 Design Awards. The awards recognize achievements and quality architectural designs by member firms of AIA Philadelphia. The 2021 jury was comprised of three Detroit-based architects: Elizabeth Knibbe, AIA, Thomas Affeldt, AIA, and Chris Heine, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

Penn Medicine Radnor, a sustainable, community-focused ambulatory care center rooted in nature, received the Honor Award in the built category. The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, a center for research, active learning, innovation, and inspiration at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, received the Merit Award in the built category.

Interior view ILSB UMBC

Ballinger recognized for technological achievement

Ballinger received an ASHRAE Technology Award for the recently completed Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The 131,000 SF building was recognized in the Educational Facilities/New Construction category by the Philadelphia Chapter of ASHRAE.

ILSB is a model for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and ease of maintenance. The building’s overall annual energy usage is over 40% less than ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. The facility includes wet bench research space, shared scientific research cores, multidisciplinary teaching labs, office space and active learning classrooms. ILSB provides new opportunities for integrating learning and discovery across departments and colleges in support of the University’s mission of student success and expanding research. Collaboration areas for formal and informal exchanges support cross-fertilization of ideas as teams pursue novel and promising leads in life science discovery.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize successful applications of innovative design that incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality, and good mechanical design. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The society focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability by conducting research, writing standards, and fostering continuing education.

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.

Ballinger’s Mike Radio Named Virtual Environment Global User of the Year

Ballinger Associate Principal Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C was named 2020 Virtual Environment (VE) Global User of the Year. Launched this year by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), the competition recognizes innovative use of VE technology.

In his role as Ballinger’s lead energy analyst Mike has employed the IES VE suite to elevate the quality, speed and precision of energy and system load modeling for healthcare and academic clients throughout the country. He uses it to rapidly generate comprehensive scenario and architectural design variation analyses beginning at the earliest stages of planning. He integrates that data with analyses of multiple site infrastructure/central plant options, giving owners the most comprehensive set of data possible upon which to make key capital spending decisions. 

IES Vice President Liam Buckley praised “the analytical range of Mike’s submission. From simple curtainwall assessments, to sizing chilled beams and onto integrating on-site cogeneration with central plants, all coupled with the IESVE VistaPro graphics, demonstrated the highest level of performance modeling excellence. A well-deserved winner.”

As global winner, Mike received a $1,000 prize which he’s donating to the ASHRAE Philadelphia Debra H. Kennoy Scholarship Fund, a fund he helped establish, intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering.  

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The Fascitelli Center Wins AIA Rhode Island Design Honor Award


The Rhode Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering a Design Honor Award in the Commercial Architecture: Higher Education category.

The AIA Rhode Island Design Awards recognize achievements in design within the state and honor the project teams and the clients who help to create and enhance the built environment.

The five-story building was planned, designed, and engineered by Ballinger and serves as a bridge between the sciences and humanities precincts of the campus. The interdisciplinary hub helps attract the best faculty, students, and industry partners to the University of Rhode Island.

Exterior of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island
Interior view of the Fascitelli Center at the University of Rhode Island

Cohen Hospital Shortlisted for Interior Design Best of Year Award

The NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, designed as a collaboration between Ballinger and HOK, was a finalist for Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Awards in the Healthcare category. The 246,500 SF facility is dedicated to the healthcare needs of mothers and babies, offering the full range of services women and infants may need before, during, and after childbirth—including specialized prenatal care and neonatal intensive care for newborns in need of extra support. The hospital is designed to provide patient‐focused care to reduce maternal stress and incorporate the family in the healing process with serene individual rooms and support areas.

The virtual, multi-part Best of Year Awards ceremony was a part of “Best of Design 2020,” a virtual festival honoring this year’s design highlights and outstanding achievements.

Link to ceremony details

Stemmler Hall Wins BD+C Reconstruction Award

Edward J. Stemmler Hall at the University of Pennsylvania was selected as a Bronze winner in the 2020 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Reconstruction Awards competition.  Awards are given to the best historic preservation, reuse, renovation, and reconstruction projects nationwide. Winners are selected based on design, engineering, and construction quality.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and lab planning services for this comprehensive renovation of Stemmler Hall, built in 1978. Rather than the simple systems-based retrofit that the University originally planned, Ballinger proposed a holistic, LEED Gold renovation to completely transform the building, providing new Class A laboratory space, and strategically replacing all building systems to significantly reduce ongoing energy and maintenance costs.

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Wins Interior Design Award

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was  recognized by the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) with the Best of Education/Institution >30,000 SF Award. The award was presented during the IIDA NJ/PA/DE virtual Design Awards ceremony on December 16. The program recognizes outstanding interior environments and noteworthy projects.

The jury gave the project the top prize and complimented on its strong sustainability story. “The space integrates stunning original artwork and an exciting pop of color, and a tangible energy is felt from the photography,” they commented. 

Ballinger Honored with Prestigious AIA Firm of the Year Award

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Ballinger with the 2020 Firm of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a firm whose passion and practice has produced notable architecture for at least a decade.

The honor was announced during the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards broadcast on November 19. Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA described the recognition as “a testimony to our unwavering commitment to quality at every level of practice. It takes a talented team collaborating with great clients to create quality work. We are privileged to have both.”

“We’re guided by our core values of design excellence, environmental stewardship and commitment to community. These values align with those of the AIA and industry professional organizations for which our firm staff associate to remain at the leading edge of our profession,” said Senior Principal Keith C.H. Mock, AIA.   

Ballinger also received the chapter’s EPiC Firm Recognition for support and development of emerging professionals in 2020.

Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering Wins DVASE Outstanding Project Award

Ballinger’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI) was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) with the 2020 Outstanding Project Award. DVASE’s annual Excellence in Structural Engineering program highlights engineering feats that display inventive and artful tackling of difficult project challenges.

Constructed on the former site of five demolished buildings on URI’s main South Kingstown campus, the Fascitelli Center serves as a “bridge” between the liberal arts programs at campus south and the basic sciences at campus north. To create a literal bridge, the central bar of the building is supported by three four-story tall architecturally exposed steel trusses, each with 160-foot center spans. This layout allows the first floor commons area to be an unobstructed, all-glass pass-through from campus south to north, with no need for visible supports. To support engineering education, the major truss members are clearly evident, cutting diagonally through each floor in a large “X” to be viewed by all approaching the building.

Winners were honored at a virtual awards program.

ILSB Recognized for Collaborative Process

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was selected for a Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Project Leadership Award.

The ILSB received the 2020 COAA Way Award. The COAA Way Award recognizes successfully completed projects, a desire to continuously improve, and a belief that working collaboratively will lead to greater success. It is based on the principle that a team of people sharing best practices, in a culture built on trust and respect, will complete better projects.

The ILSB is a center for research, active learning, innovation, and inspiration, supporting UMBC’s mission of student success and research discoveries. Located on a pivotal corner, the ILSB is visually open to the campus, a symbol of the vibrant research conducted at UMBC. The building is clad predominantly in red brick to integrate with its context, but also includes large areas of glass that showcase research and teaching laboratories to the campus community.

COAA a national organization of public and private owners who manage facilities development and capital improvement projects. The ISLB team was honored at COAA’s Fall Virtual Leadership Conference yesterday, November 12.

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.

Ballinger Named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2020 MEP Giants List

Ballinger was named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s list of 2020 MEP Giants. The annual list identifies the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States and Canada. The firms recognized by the peer-reviewed publication continuously push boundaries in engineering, providing the top engineered systems in the building industry. Balligner was recognized in the August 2020 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer and will be honored at a virtual awards event in October.

DHK Center Wins BD+C Building Team Award

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch (DHK) Center, a 734,000 SF ambulatory care center designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, received a 2020 Building Team Award from Building Design + Construction.

The national awards program honors building projects for their architectural excellence as well as for successful collaboration between owners, architects, engineers and contractors. A jury of 17 experts selected the DHK Center for silver recognition.

Opened in 2018 on New York City’s Upper East Side, the building was designed to provide patient and family-centered care in a healing environment.

Winners were published in the May/June issue of Building Design + Construction magazine.

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.

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper named to Healthcare Design’s HCD 10

Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP was named to Healthcare Design’s prestigious HCD 10. The HCD 10 is a professional awards program that honors members of the healthcare design community who have demonstrated significant recent accomplishments and contributions to the field.

Erin is a Principal and Director of Project Management at Ballinger. She continues to advance Ballinger’s academic medical center portfolio and regularly presents within the office and at healthcare conferences nationwide.

In her project work, Erin is passionate about improving the quality of the built environment and the patient, family, and care team experience. She developed a formal process, in collaboration with the team, for guiding project stakeholders through decision-making using role-playing workshops with 3D printed model pieces. The process continues be a key part of Ballinger’s process for engaging users during design.

Erin’s understanding of the complexity of healthcare projects balances forward thinking design concepts with the realities of clinical requirements and regulatory approvals. She is both strategic and tactical in her leadership and synthesizes complex information to help clients come to informed decisions.

HCD 10 award winners across ten categories will be recognized at a dinner on September 5, part of the HCD Forum in Asheville, NC, and at the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans.

Link to Healthcare Design announcement

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center wins European Healthcare Design Awards

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was recognized at the European Healthcare Design Awards in London June 18. The project received the prestigious Healthcare Design over 25,000 SM award as well as the Design Innovation for Quality Improvement award. The program, organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, celebrate professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world. The awards were presented at a ceremony during the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London.

Link to announcement 

Cooper University Health Care MD Anderson Cancer Center Oncology In-Patient Unit Wins IIDA Award

Ballinger’s design of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Oncology In-Patient Unit at Cooper University Health Care received a Design Award in the Healthcare (under 30,000 SF) category from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) PA|NJ|DE Chapter. The unit is designed to offer a clean, contemporary, calming and spacious feeling to patients, staff and families. Environmental graphics, illustrating flowers native to New Jersey, add touches of serene beauty to the space.

The annual Interior Design Awards competition recognizes outstanding interior environments designed by IIDA members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The award ceremony, held at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, included a presentation and exhibit of project entries.