Articles Tagged with: COVID-19
Outdoor Learning Spaces Competition Aides Local Schools During the Pandemic

Ballinger is proud to continue our support of Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative and their recently-launched Design Assistance In Demand (AID) program, created to tackle the urgent needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Design AID’s current focus is finding ways to safety return Philadelphia students to equitable, in-person learning.

To act on this focus, the Collaborative hosted a design competition seeking innovative and creative solutions for outdoor learning in a time of global crisis. Solutions are being compiled in a design guide that will serve as a resource for schools in Philadelphia and beyond.

Join the Design Competition Showcase October 1 via Zoom to learn more about the Collaborative’s exploration of outdoor learning spaces and to see Ballinger’s competition submission.

Pro Bono Work Featured in Context

The spring 2020 issue of Context, AIA Philadelphia’s quarterly publication, includes a profile of CoLab Philadelphia. Ballinger was part of a volunteer team organized by the Community Design Collaborative that converted an airstream trailer into a mobile healthcare outreach tool. Recently the trailer was used as a mobile COVID-19 testing site.

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Christina Grimes Interviewed on the Role of Architects in a COVID-19 World

How can architects play a role in meeting the urgent demands of the COVID-19 pandemic? Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED BD+ C, EDAC, ACHA, was interviewed by PlanPhilly, a reporting project of the public media organization WHYY, about remaking spaces for our new socially distanced lives.

Read the full article on WHYY Philadelphia

Philadelphia-Based Researchers Work Towards COVID-19 Vaccine in Ballinger-Designed Labs

Research scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute are responding to the coronavirus global outbreak by investigating the development of new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent infections. Researchers are conducting experiments in labs designed by the architects and engineers of Ballinger — The Robert and Penny Fox Tower, a seven-story, 100,000 SF addition to The Wistar Institute and Stemmler Hall, a 230,000 SF lab building at the University of Pennsylvania that recently underwent a transformative renovation.

Photo courtesy of Norbert Pardi

Photo courtesy of Norbert Pardi

Read more about how these institutions are working to speed the development and testing of a COVID-19 vaccine

Ballinger Aids in Printing Coronavirus Face Shields for Healthcare Workers

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ballinger has remobilized our Ultimaker 3D printers to produce face shields. Organized by our print partner, BluEdge, the effort will aid healthcare workers in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE). Ballinger is proud to join architecture firms across the US to manufacture supplies during this time of need.

Link to BlueEdge’s face shield 3D print farm

A message regarding Ballinger’s response to COVID-19

To our Clients, Collaborators, and Colleagues:

Ballinger remains steadfastly committed to our employees, clients, and colleagues as we navigate the uncertainties brought on by COVID-19.

We have undertaken a number of measures to protect our employees while continuing to meet the expectations of our clients. As of March 16, our teams are working remotely, accessible by phone, email and videoconference. We maintain a robust technology platform that enables us to continue to advance the work of our projects remotely. Our technological infrastructure provides full access to our network and enables teams to collaborate and communicate virtually, ensuring continuity of client service and team integration.

Our practice is focused on work that advances discovery, health and learning. As we confront this global pandemic, Ballinger is committed to doing our part to make a difference and to support those that carry the burden of containing this virus and caring for others.

On behalf of all of us at Ballinger, we encourage you to stay safe and well during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support and trust.