Articles Tagged with: Biophilia

Reading Hospital named among the most beautiful in the US

Reading Hospital was recently named one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication covering hospital and health system news. Reading Hospital has served the Berks County, PA community since 1867 and Ballinger has been instrumental in the design and growth of its 46 acre campus.

Ballinger’s design of the recently opened 500,000 SF Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care enhanced campus connectivity, increased green space, and improved staff and patient flows. Over 70% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof, achieved by employing a 30-foot grade change on the building site. The roof garden is accessible to the public with links to local running paths, bringing community members to the site. Hospital staff are encouraged to take breaks in the shade of the garden, and patients are frequently seen outside experiencing nature just steps away from their rooms.

Link to Becker’s Hospital Review list of 20 most beautiful hospitals


Feel the Biophilia: Humanizing Healthcare Design

Ballinger principals Eric Swanson, AIA and Louis Meilink, AIA, ACHA, ACHE, along with landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, presented “Feel the Biophilia: Humanizing Healthcare Design” at the annual Healthcare Design Conference. Their talk explored how nature in healthcare design promotes physical, social and mental well-being, as well as tactical considerations for implementing biophilic design concepts. The presentation included case studies of Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Tower Health’s Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care. The conference, held this year in Phoenix, showcases research, trends and strategies in the healthcare design industry.

Link to slides