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Celebrating Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” Ballinger is proud to join in acknowledging the “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

Ballinger is committed to supporting the continued advancement of women in the industry. In 2016 we implemented B::Flex, a formal program allowing employees to customize their work schedules. According to the Pew Research Center, among parents, women are much more likely than men to experience family-related career interruptions, and 51% of women report that being a working parent has made career advancement more difficult. A flexible schedule with the ability to work remotely helps women balance family responsibilities while excelling at work.

Highlighting our success in attracting, retaining and supporting women, Ballinger was recently recognized by Architect Magazine as among the “Biggest Movers in % of Women Designers.”

Listed among prominent peers, Ballinger was highlighted for a 22% increase in female designer employment from 2017 to 2018, representative of our firm’s effort to support the continued advancement of women in the industry.

Ballinger Supports Future Innovators in STEM

Ballinger was a sponsor of the annual Philadelphia Region Future City Competition, an educational engineering program for middle-school students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Using the engineering design process as a framework, students develop a virtual city with SimCity, write an essay, build a scale model, and deliver a presentation. This year’s theme, which students had to incorporate into their cities, was providing a reliable water source for all citizens.

Part of a national initiative to engage students in STEM, the Philadelphia program culminates in a live event judged by professional engineers. Numerous volunteers gathered at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the competition on January 18, including a group from Ballinger. Throughout the day, budding engineers in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades presented their cities to judges.

East Norriton Middle School was the proud recipient of the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award,” made possible by Ballinger’s financial contribution to the event. Their creative methods of sourcing water through desalination and fog capture, sustainable modes of transit via magnet trains, and care for their citizens’ health through music therapy won the award. The innovative and environmentally-friendly design of the team’s city connected to the firm-sponsored award’s goal of “hope for the future”.

Celebrating National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and we’re proud to continue our relationship with Spark in Philadelphia, a non-profit dedicated to helping middle school students achieve successful futures. Spark views the transition from young teens to young adults as an important time to show students what’s possible, especially since middle school is a time in which students risk academic disengagement. Spark in Philadelphia has created over 800 transformative mentorships since launching in 2013. The organization currently partners with 6 schools in Philadelphia and 18 corporate partners, including Ballinger.

Ballinger has supported Spark through donations and volunteerism since 2015, providing individual mentorships for over 25 students as well as hosting Spark Lab workshops for 20+ students each fall and participating in peer-to-peer fundraising. In 2018 Ballinger Associate Principal Sara Ridenour joined Spark’s Advisory Board and Ballinger designer Fränc Luu was recognized with Spark’s Veteran Mentor Award for his commitment to the program. In 2019 the Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Ballinger’s partnership with Spark in their annual Faces of Philanthropy round-up.

Ballinger’s employee-run community engagement group, B::Engaged, leads the mentorship efforts, in addition to organizing short and long term service projects.

Reflecting on a Year of B:ENGAGED

As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on another successful year of B::Engaged. B::Engaged is a community engagement group at Ballinger that connects with and impacts Greater Philadelphia through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. Thank you to our staff members for their dedication and willingness to serve our community, our firm leaders for their support of B::Engaged, and our community partners for welcoming us and providing opportunities to give back. We look forward to a great 2020!

Historic Preservation in Philadelphia Just Got a Bit Easier

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This past Wednesday Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law three bills that would add incentives to protect the city’s historic buildings, as part of his effort to improve and expand preservation efforts across the city. Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Fon S. Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation, the group responsible for developing and executing this legislation.

Historic preservation and adaptive reuse are not only financially and environmentally friendly practices to Philadelphia communities, but they help to maintain the historic culture of the city. Legislation like this encourages reuse for historically designated structures ensuring that their                                                                                                         beauty, history, culture, and stories can be carried on as part of the city for                                                                                                         years to come.

As a Philadelphia-based firm that does a variety of historic preservation and adaptive reuse work, as well as advocating for effective and proper preservation of historic properties in the region, we are proud to see Philadelphia’s mayor prioritize these processes in law.

Link to article in the Philadelphia Inquirer


Ballinger at the Penn Medicine Radnor Run

Ballinger staff members participated in the annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run today, raising money for the American Lung Association. The event included a 5-mile timed running race and 1-mile walk/fun run. Despite wind and rain, Ballinger team runners won first place in two divisions.

Ballinger was among the top fundraising companies and helped exceed the event’s $120,000 fundraising goal. We’re proud to support our client, Penn Medicine, and the American Lung Association.