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American University Hall of Science Project Awarded LEED Gold

Ballinger’s Hall of Science at American University in Washington, DC was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Hall of Science is a state-of-the-art, centralized hub for the biology, chemistry, neuroscience and environmental sciences at American University. The building design is characterized by extensive transparency, putting science and research on display, and linking occupants to newly created gardens in the lush arboretum campus outside.

Sustainable design features include bioswales to capture roof and site stormwater, neutral-air chilled beam mechanical system, and daylight harvesting throughout. The building is served by AU’s campus micro-turbine cogeneration plant, which lowers the building’s carbon footprint.

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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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.

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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 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.

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.

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Evans Building receives lighting award from Philadelphia Illuminating Engineering Society

The Evans Building at the University of Pennsylvania received a Certificate of Merit at the 2019 Philament Awards hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Philadelphia. Ballinger collaborated with lighting consultant The Lighting Practice on the historic renovation project for Penn Dental Medicine.

The building was constructed in 1915 with funds provided by the school’s benefactor, Thomas W. Evans, dentist to the royalty of Europe, and has been home to the dental school for over a century. Ballinger’s recent renovation preserved the building’s architectural language while converting teaching and clinical practice spaces to 21st century functionality. The clinical spaces feature cool white light to emphasize cleaner, whiter teeth, while round decorative fixtures provide visual relief in the offices, lounges, and reception spaces. Linear fixtures highlight vibrant accent walls in student spaces, including classrooms, teaching laboratories, and lounges. Daylight in offices, student lounges and public-facing spaces create a warm and inviting environment.

The mission of the IES, founded in 1906, is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. The IES publishes reference documents on the lighting profession and works cooperatively with related organizations on the development of programs and standards.

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.

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Fon Wang among the 20 Women Changing the Philadelphia Landscape

Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP, was recognized as one of ‘20 Women Changing the Philadelphia Landscape.’ The honor was presented by the Philadelphia chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), during their 20th annual fall luncheon.

Over the course of her career, Fon has led projects ranging from the restoration of a late 19th century station house to state-of-the-art academic facilities. She contributes to the preservation community with her work on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force and teaching in PennDesign’s Historic Preservation Program. She has been recognized widely for her commitment to her field: she received the Young Architect Award from AIA Philadelphia in 2015, was named to the 40 under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal and 20 under 40 list by the CREW Network Foundation. Fon earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

The luncheon was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and recognized leaders from Liberty Property Trust, the City of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Main Line Health and others. Net proceeds are distributed among the CREW Philadelphia Scholarship Fund, CREW Network Foundation and the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA.

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Reading HealthPlex receives Building Berks Award

The Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care received a Building Berks Award from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. The first annual Building Berks Awards program honors outstanding companies who are helping to lift up the Reading economy through development and construction. A total of 30 building and renovation projects were nominated in 13 categories from agriculture, health and education to historic restoration, residential, retail, office and manufacturing.

In attendance to receive the award were Ballinger associate principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA and senior associate Robert P. Goss, Jr., AIA, as well as David J. Major, Mark McNash, Robert Brigham and Julie Schlappich from Tower Health, and Bob Miller from LF Driscoll.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF Reading HealthPlex, which opened in 2017. It’s home to an 88,000 SF accessible roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

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.

Roberts Center Wins GBCA Award

The Roberts Center for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) received a Construction Excellence Award from the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA). The building was selected as the Best Clinical Health Project for 2017. Team members Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, LF Driscoll, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and Ballinger were recognized at a ceremony November 14.

Ballinger Engineering for Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Featured in ASHRAE Journal

The July 2017 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal, features an article written by Ballinger Associate Principal, Brad Crowley, PE, LEED AP about the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The article, entitled “University Lab Model for Energy Efficiency”, highlights Ballinger’s design for this interdisciplinary research building which recently won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility.

The article explains that Ballinger engineers faced an enormous challenge in designing a sustainable laboratory environment, and especially one that can quickly convert from a wet to dry lab, such as was required for this 105,000 SF teaching and research building addition. The resulting Undergraduate Teaching Labs met the University’s sustainability goals, achieved a 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline, and earned LEED Platinum certification. The engineering team designed the building to maximize laboratory safety, indoor environmental quality, and energy efficiency, all while complementing and enhancing the architectural design of the renovation. Energy-efficient measures such as enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels, chilled-beams, roof insulation, high performance fume hoods, and a neutral air displacement system harmonize with Ballinger’s design and facilitate active learning for students of biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics at the University.

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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.

Ballinger’s Structural Engineering Recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers

Ballinger’s work on the Pennovation Center was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at its annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Ceremony May 18. The project received the award for Outstanding Structural Engineering Project in the category of Buildings $10M to $30M.

The event was held at the National Museum of American Jewish History and included presentations by Andrew Blasetti of Thornton Tomasetti and John S. Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust.

The Pennovation Center is a 62,000 SF incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster start-ups.  Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility.

The design called for a glass addition “bursting” through the north elevation of the existing building. To make the design a reality Ballinger developed a highly complex framing system, with the requirement that the same thickness of existing horizontal banding created by the perimeter concrete-encased steel floor beams be carried northward into the “bursting” north addition. No beams deeper than 10″ depth were permitted to structure the entire north addition, which was to appear to cantilever 32′ at its longest point.

The resulting building is now the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.

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.

Ballinger Wins Wintergreen Award

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories project at the Johns Hopkins University won a Wintergreen Award in the Education Category. The Wintergreen Awards celebrate, promote and recognize excellence in high performance, healthy design and building; environmental stewardship and community impact; and serve to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of the USGBC Maryland region.

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 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.


GW Science and Engineering Hall Among ENR’s Best Projects of 2015

Engineering News-Record (ENR) announced the winning entries for the ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects of 2015. Ballinger’s Science and Engineering Hall at George Washington University received the Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category.

The 750,000 SF Science and Engineering Hall is the focal point of GW’s rapidly expanding research emphasis, and was designed to transform the university’s capabilities and reputation in key areas of academic pursuit. 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.

The ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects competition recognizes the year’s top projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Wins Adaptive Reuse Award

Ballinger’s design for the NYU Langone Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) won a Healthcare Facilities Symposium Distinction Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse.

NYU Langone Ambulatory Care_Nurse Station

The project transformed an inward-focused 50-year-old Verizon telecommunications office building into a vibrant new center for outpatient care. The 15 floors acquired by NYU Langone of the 24-story building have been fully renovated for outpatient use, and are served by modernized and expanded building infrastructure located on three common equipment floors. Constructed in 1966-67, the original building had minimal public presence, and public access to the existing privately-owned public space at the ground floor had been discontinued. The renovation of the ground floor and adjacent north and south plazas created an open and welcoming arrival sequence. Off-street vehicular queuing at the north is now visually connected to interior lobby waiting and amenity areas. The lobby and café look out to reimagined outdoor public space at the south.

In addition to the economic and environmental benefits of adaptive reuse, Ballinger’s design consolidated different parts of the outpatient programs into a single location. By improving patient access and creating a cohesive image, the project elevates NYU Langone’s brand identity.

The Healthcare Facilities Symposium was established in 1987 as a forum exploring how the design of the physical environment can positively affect healing and promote well-being. The annual awards program recognizes design teams and projects that have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.

Ballinger wins the 2015 IIDA “Best of Year” Award

From a pool of 38 projects submitted by 18 firms, Ballinger won the 2015 IIDA “Best of Year” Award for its interior design work on the George Washington University Science & Engineering Hall.  The award recognizes outstanding built work designed by IIDA members in PA, NJ and DE.

The new 500,000 sf, eight-story Science & Engineering Hall (SEH) is the focal point of George Washington University’s expanding research emphasis, and transforms the institution’s capabilities in the sciences.

The IIDA award judges highlighted the dynamic, integrated experiences of SEH’s architecture and interiors topped off by great accents of color and moments of surprise.

Transparency is a pervasive theme – a glass façade on the building exterior, glass fronts on all labs and offices, a double-height atrium space to open vertical sightlines, and a floating tower of teaching spaces that extends six floors up.  The abundance of glass allows natural light to penetrate the large floorplate while putting science on display both internally and externally.

To encourage interdisciplinary partnerships, departments are arranged in “research neighborhoods” that place lab and office space for different disciplines next to each other around a collaboration space, pantry, and spiral stair.  Gathering spaces can be found throughout the building: internal garden spaces highlighted by green walls, informal group spaces, a large commons area, meeting and study rooms.

The building’s neutral palette is accented with pops of color to energize the space and assist in wayfinding.  The maple underside of the teaching tower brings warmth to the scale of the atrium.  The continuous flow of materials – terrazzo, granite, concrete and maple – from the common spaces into the teaching and research spaces provides a gradual transition and allows the science happening in the building to play the central role.

3737 Science Center Wins ULI Award

3737 Science Center was one of seven winners of the Second Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence, organized by Philadelphia’s Urban Land Institute. The Awards for Excellence recognize the best real estate projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Ballinger provided MEP services for 3737 Science Center, located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. This $119 million, 13-story, 334,000 SF facility accommodates clinical, laboratory, research and office programs. Tenants include Penn Medicine and gene therapy startup Spark Therapeutics, as well as support for STEM/STEAM educational initiatives for low-income secondary school students.

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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.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery named 2012 Lab of the Year

R&D Magazine has bestowed this year’s annual Lab of the Year award upon the Ballinger-designed Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. This prestigious awards program is an international competition recognizing excellence in laboratory design. Situated at the heart of the University of Wisonsin-Madison campus, this unique 330,000 SF biomedical research facility is home to twin institutes, the private, nonprofit Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To engage both the local and campus community with the science happening in the building, an unusually large part of the program is dedicated to public activity. A ground floor Town Center serves as a civic science place and a living room for the surrounding science and engineering campus quadrant. The secure research floors located above the public realm embrace the concepts of transparency and openness to promote interaction, collaboration and discovery within the lab environment.

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