Articles Tagged with: Craig Spangler
Ballinger Leads SCUP Mid-Atlantic tour

Ballinger Senior Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, joined by fellow leaders in college and university planning, lead a tour of Swarthmore College’s newest addition, Maxine Frank Singer ‘52 Hall. The event was part of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Mid-Atlantic Symposium held October 16.

Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore’s Jan Semler, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, described the College’s intent to create a collaborative environment that combines the departments of biology, engineering, and psychology and how Ballinger translated that intent into a design. Ballinger provided planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF building, which will house expanded, modern space for science research and teaching, including classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons areas.

Ballinger Leads Architecture Students on Tour of Clark Hall

Ballinger Senior Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA and senior associate Nicholas Hollot, AIA, LEED AP gave a lecture and tour recently to students of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. They presented an overview of A. James Clark Hall, the new bio engineering building on the University of Maryland College Park campus, and led a tour through the building.

Clark Hall ExteriorBallinger designed the 184,000 SF state-of-the-art facility and provided architecture and engineering services. It opened in the fall of 2017 and is home to the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and Leidos Innovation Lab.

The tour was an opportunity for architecture students to see a physical result of the craft that they are studying, and to receive insight first hand from college planning professionals on their own college campus.

Ballinger Senior Principal Serves as Jury for Excellence Awards

scupThe Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence Awards showcase strategic, integrated planning processes resulting in exemplary projects that contribute to institutional success. Ballinger Senior Principal Craig Spangler, AIA served as 2019 Jury Chair for the annual competition, now in its 19th year. This year’s submissions represented 135 institutions, all demonstrating how strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary building, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire.

The jury also included Niraj Dangoria, Associate Dean for Facilities Planning and Management at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Arthur Frazier, AIA, Director of Facilities Management and Services at Spelman College, Laura Tenny, ASLA, LEED-AP, Senior Campus Planner in the Office of Campus Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Karen Wolfert, AIA, Senior Architect and Campus Planner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). The jury presented entry trends and themes in a session at the SCUP 2019 Annual Conference in Seattle, and celebrated the 29 award winners.

A. James Clark Hall featured in Context

Ballinger’s A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park was featured in the spring issue of Context, a quarterly magazine published by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

The 184,000 SF Clark Hall facilitates world class learning and discovery by bringing together students and faculty across the spectrum of engineering disciplines into a vibrant innovation environment. A “working commons” promotes student team-based collaboration, and flexible, transparent research laboratories enable world class convergent bioengineering research. In addition to active learning classrooms and dynamic laboratory environments, the inclusion of the Leidos Innovation Lab and Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices results in a unique co-mingling of education and entrepreneurship that facilitates the transition of research from the lab to the marketplace.

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Ballinger Presents Environments for Next-Generation Engineering Innovation

Ballinger principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEEP presented “Environments for Next-Generation Engineering Innovation” at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Engineering has increasingly become central to convergent scholarship for solving societal challenges and fostering student creativity and entrepreneurship, which demand profound transformations in engineering teaching and research environments. In the session held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Craig and Jonathon overviewed Ballinger’s transformational academic facilities plan and the recently opened A. James Clark Hall for the University’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Craig and Jonathan coached attendees on how to plan effective processes for campus district transformations and to qualitatively evaluate the effectiveness of facilities for next-generation engineering learning and discovery.

SCUP is a community of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. Their 5000+ members represent the areas of planning, finance, administration, research, and IT who are charged with planning for the future of colleges and universities and the success of students.

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Ballinger Leads Tour of A. James Clark Hall at University of Maryland, College Park

Ballinger led a tour of the A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park as part of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The 184,000 SF Clark Hall facilitates world class learning and discovery by bringing together students and faculty across the spectrum of engineering disciplines into a vibrant innovation environment. A “working commons” promotes student team-based collaboration, and flexible, transparent research laboratories enable world class convergent bioengineering research. In addition to active learning classrooms and dynamic laboratory environments, the inclusion of the Leidos Innovation Lab and Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices results in a unique co-mingling of education and entrepreneurship that facilitates the transition of research from the lab to the marketplace.

The tour was led by Ballinger’s principal-in-charge Craig Spangler, AIA, engineering principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, project architect Nicholas Hollot, AIA, LEED AP, mechanical engineer Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP and University of Maryland’s deputy director of operations and maintenance Rob Hermstein.

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Ballinger on Executive Leaders Radio

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA was interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio, a program on Biz Talk Radio that aired November 16. Each show includes interviews with four prominent business leaders in an informal, conversational format. Guests included Kareem Thomas, Chief Financial Officer of American Reading Company, Bruce Foulke, CEO and President of American Heritage Federal Credit Union, and Mathieu J. Shapiro, Managing Partner of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

Craig discussed his path to architecture and the influences that his family had on his career trajectory. He reflected on his evolution from a technical focus to a creative profession, and on his current role in the practice.

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Ballinger presents at Forum on Architecture + Design

On Thursday Ballinger presented two talks at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design.

Associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate Don Semler, AIA, LEED AP, and associate Shawn Billiard, RA presented a case study of the David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian. Opened in April, the 740,000 SF ambulatory care center includes surgery, interventional radiology, and endoscopy procedures in standardized rooms.

Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, and associate principals Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP presented “How Does Architecture Impact Population Health?” The talk explored the complex relationships between cause and effect in healthcare environments and how we, as architects, can design environments that contribute to improving health in the larger community.

The Forum on Architecture + Design is a Philadelphia conference focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers, and real estate developers – all the industries that contribute to shaping our built environment. Held at South Philadelphia’s Bok, the event included over 30 accredited continuing education programs and tours as well as keynotes by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Michael Ford of Hip Hop Architecture.

 

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Ballinger’s Craig S. Spangler, AIA serves on SCUP Awards Jury

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA served on the jury for the 2018 SCUP Excellence Awards. The program, organized by the Society for College and University Planning, recognizes comprehensive campus design and planning as a collaborative effort that involves campus architects, planners, administrators, faculty, processional consultants and many stakeholders in higher education. This year the program received submissions representing 156 institutions.

In addition to Craig, the jury included Dean Gregory, BCSLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Campus Landscape Architect at University of British Columbia and jury chair; Vuk Vujovic, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President and Director of Sustainability and Energy at Legat Architects; Wendy Hills, AIA, University Architect at Tulane University; and Laura Cruickshank, FAIA, Master Planner, Chief Architect, and Associate Vice President for University Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Connecticut. Winners will be announced at the SCUP 2018 Annual Conference in Nashville on July 16th. Craig and his fellow jurors will present “Observed Themes in Higher Education Planning and Design From the 2018 Excellence Award Entries and Recognition of Winners” at the conference.

Swarthmore College Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building Steel Topping Out

Tswarthmore topping outhe design and construction team for the Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building at Swarthmore College celebrated the building’s topping out April 20. The milestone was marked with an invitation for team members to sign the uppermost beam. The steel beam was then hoisted into place accompanied by an American flag and evergreen tree, a topping out tradition of construction workers for decades.

The Ballinger team was joined by representatives from Skanska, the construction manager, Aegis Property Group, the client representative, and subcontractors.

Ballinger is providing architecture and engineering services for the Biology, Engineering and Psychology Building, an interdisciplinary building designed as a new gateway for the north side of Swarthmore’s campus. Phase I is anticipated to be complete in 2019 followed by Phase 2 completion in 2020.

 

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig Spangler and Terry Steelman Present at Tradeline

The “Engineer of the Future” must be creative, entrepreneurial, and adaptable. Engineering is increasingly focused on application of scientific discoveries to solve real-world issues, a dynamic that requires a “next generation” of engineering facilities capable of supporting these interdisciplinary convergent trends.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA explored this topic at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on College and University Science and Engineering Facilities. Their talk, titled “Next Generation Engineering Facilities: Features That Support a New Skill Set for the ‘Engineer of the Future,’” described how new models for teaching and research facilities can support future engineers.

The presentation featured case studies of Ballinger’s work on the campuses of the University of Rhode Island, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

University of Maryland A. James Clark Hall Dedication

Ballinger attended the dedication for  A. James Clark Hall, a transformative bioengineering hub at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 184,000 SF building was designed by Ballinger to facilitate world class research and support Maryland’s growing population of engineering students. It will serve as a home for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and shared instructional space for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. This unique integration of education, discovery and entrepreneurship enhances the student experience and facilitates the translation of research from the lab to the marketplace.

In addition to a tour for media, the dedication program included remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; Wallace D. Loh, President of the University of Maryland;  Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Maryland Senate President;  Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates; Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; and Darryll Pines, Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

The Ballinger architects, engineers and designers who led the project and were in attendance at the ceremony included: Principal-in-Charge William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Design Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA; Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE; Project Manager Steve Wittry, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA and Nicholas Hollot, AIA.  “The building is a very unique campus place that we hope will inspire excellence in engineering learning, discovery and entrepreneurship for many generations to come,” said Spangler.

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

Ballinger Flexible Working Program Turns 1

November marks the one year anniversary of Ballinger B::Flex, a formal program allowing employees to customize their work schedule. Observing that staff members were working beyond 9 to 5, and recognizing the importance of work/life balance, in 2016 Ballinger leadership developed a framework for working in and outside of the office, within and outside of core workday hours. The program enables Ballinger to meet client milestones and deadlines while providing opportunities for employees to exercise, teach, handle family commitments, or simply work at times of the day when they are most productive.

Ballinger principal Craig Spangler, AIA, who co-led the initiative, said, “B::Flex provides greater flexibility to better balance work and personal commitments.  Our culture is based on collaboration, and effective communication is key to producing exceptional work. We have invested heavily in the firm’s infrastructure to enable our collaboration to remain effective in the context of a more flexible work environment where we are working in different places and at different times.”

B::Flex was implemented following a 4-month trial period. Staff and leadership have embraced the change, applauding the care that went into designing the framework. Web-based tools such as Mitel MiCollab and Teradici PCoIP technology help nurture the ethos of collaboration that is the firm’s signature.

“B:Flex makes it easier to do something that’s really important to me: teach architecture students,” said Ballinger designer Marc Krawitz. He’s an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture Design and Urbanism at Drexel University and teaches on Wednesday mornings. “The firm has always encouraged staff to engage with the community, but now that there’s a formal program it’s easier to schedule daytime classes. I’m free to embrace my role as teacher while making sure that office deadlines are met,” he said.

Ballinger Presents at 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference

Ballinger Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP presented at this year’s International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference in Boston, MA. The I2SL annual conference is a technical forum focused on strategies to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities.

Their presentation, “Share the Air: Cascading Air Strategies Using Neutral Temperature Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems” explores how cascading air strategies can be applied to the design of complex buildings to optimize energy savings from first costs to continued maintenance.

Illustrated with examples from Ballinger’s portfolio, the presentation highlighted successful design and engineering strategies to minimize energy use and reduce costs through the use of neutral temperature dedicated outdoor air systems.

 

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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.

The Emerging Open Scientific Environment

Ballinger Principals Jeffrey S. French, FAIA and Craig S. Spangler, AIA participated in Tradeline’s College and University Science and Engineering Facilities 2016 Conference. Their presentation “The Emerging Open Scientific Environment: Challenges, Solutions, and Lessons Learned” examined Ballinger’s recent and ongoing science and engineering projects at Swarthmore College, the University of Wisconsin, the George Washington University, and Rutgers University.

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’s design approach to interdisciplinary buildings featured in Tradeline Report

Can architecture create a culture of collaboration? Tradeline’s recent article “Transforming Organizational Culture through Building Design” explores the goals and challenges faced by Dr. Peter Gillies, Founding Director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers University, as he launched the Institute and imagined an open environment that would foster such a culture.

Ballinger’s approach to interdisciplinary facility design fosters cross-discipline collaborations and emergent outcomes. Our design for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, opened in July 2015, reflects the ambitious goal of the barrier-breaking Institute: connect a wide range of disciplines to solve the childhood obesity epidemic. Co-located within the building are a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research center, a healthy eating courtyard and a pre-school, as well as wet and dry labs, workspaces and outreach meeting spaces. An open stair integrates the building vertically and features New Jersey’s largest indoor living wall.

The article, based on a conference talk given by Ballinger principals Jeffrey S. French, FAIA and Craig S. Spangler, AIA, along with Dr. Gillies, also examines convergent environments at the University of Wisconsin and George Washington University, whose characteristics of transparency and visual access informed some of the IFNH design strategies.

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Ballinger Designed Natural Sciences and Health Building Breaks Ground at Berea College

(Image Above – Berea College President Lyle Roelofs second to the left, Ballinger Principal Jeff French far right)

On Thursday, April 21st, Berea College broke ground on the Ballinger-designed Natural Sciences and Health Building.

At the ceremony, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs stated about the building, “This new 125,000 square foot building will provide an interdisciplinary learning environment, space for enhanced collaboration among disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and Berea’s well-known nursing program, the oldest college-affiliated nursing program west of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Upon approaching the Berea campus from the north, the new building provides a landmark presence blending a contextual Georgian exterior character with a daylight-infused, transparent, contemporary interior environment of flexible pedagogy.

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To read more about Berea’s Natural Sciences and Health Building, click here.

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Interior Design’s Best of Year: GW Science & Engineering Hall

Ballinger joined the design industry’s best and brightest last night to celebrate Interior Design’s 10th annual Best of Year Awards, held at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York.

The Science and Engineering Hall at George Washington University received an Honor Award in the Education category. The design of the building creates a new paradigm for inter- and multi-disciplinary research and learning, providing research and instructional labs, office space, team rooms and dedicated interaction space. A neutral palette is accented with bursts of color to energize the space and assist in wayfinding. A continuous flow of materials – terrazzo, granite, concrete and maple – from the common spaces into the teaching and research spaces creates a gradual transition and highlights the building’s mission: groundbreaking science.

Ballinger Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA, Associate Principal Rob W. Voss, AIA, LEED BD+C and Senior Interior Designer Gina M. Weckel attended the ceremony.

GW Science and Engineering Hall Achieves LEED Gold

George Washington University’s Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) was awarded LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). At the start of schematic design GW challenged Ballinger to design SEH without multiplying the University’s carbon footprint. The resulting design is an academic building that is unparalleled at GW in scope and function, as well as eco-friendly. The building’s sustainable strategies were an interdisciplinary collaboration between Ballinger’s architecture and engineering studios. Sustainable strategies include:

Power from a Co-Generation System
The project sponsored the creation of and receives its power from a new co-generation power system that will reduce the building’s carbon footprint by more than half, saving 8,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

Enthalpy Wheels
Enthalpy Wheels are incorporated into all air handling units for the building. This technology recycles the once wasted energy from the exhausted air of the building in order to heat or cool incoming air, reducing energy needs. The savings are expected to pay for the system in less than three years.

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Chilled Beams
Chilled Beams, suspended from the ceiling, are utilized throughout the project and use water to cool the air more efficiently than a conventional air-conditioning system.

Green Roof
Vegetation covers more than 10,000 SF of the roof, keeping the building cool by absorbing heat from the sun while also reducing rainwater runoff. The remaining upper roof area is a light-colored, high albedo roof to further maximize heat reflectance. Rain from the roof areas drains into a 42,000-gallon cistern where it is filtered and then used to flush toilets, saving roughly 850,000 gallons of water per year.

Rutgers Dedicates New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health


A dedication ceremony for the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health took place Tuesday. The IFNH is a signature initiative by Rutgers University to provide research and education related to society’s pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer and obesity.

The Ballinger-designed interdisciplinary research building is the centerpiece of the Institute. 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” becomes the organizing feature of the design.

New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition & Health at Rutgers College: New Brunswick, NJ, Architect: Ballinger Architects

The building 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.

Ceremony attendees included New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Rutgers president Dr. Robert Barchi, the Institute’s Director Dr. Peter Gillies, and Ballinger’s own Jeff French and Craig Spangler, among others.

Ballinger and GW Lead Tradeline Session on Effective Interdisciplinary Facilities

Ballinger Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Associate Principal Rob W. Voss, AIA, LEED BD+C joined George Washington University’s Dr. Can Korman on stage at Tradeline’s 27th annual College and University Science Facilities Conference. Their talk, titled “Mixing Bowls for Science and Engineering: Recipes and Ingredients For Inspiring Interdisciplinary Learning and Discovery Environments,” compared four academic building designs.

By exploring how openness and transparency relate to cost, code, culture and program, Ballinger provided attendees with tools and metrics for planning future interdisciplinary learning environments.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s College and University Science Facilities conference was held in Boston, MA.

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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.

Tradeline Report: Convergence Drives New Approaches to Strategic Planning

Tradeline published a report featuring Ballinger’s design for a new engineering teaching and research building at the University of Maryland, College Park. Designed to facilitate the practical integration of bioscience, medicine and engineering, the building will serve as a national center for innovation.

The report is based on presentations at Tradeline’s College and University Science Facilities 2014 conference, given by Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler; lab planner Jeffrey Schantz; Founding Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, Bill Bentley; and Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Darryll Pines.

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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.

A World of Research Under One Roof

The opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall is the cover story of the Winter 2015 edition of GW Magazine. “It’s an impressive building in an impressive location,” says Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor at GW’s School for Engineering and Applied Science.

Chemistry professor Susan Gillmor described the experience of students working in the new building, “Instead of this being a drag that you have to go to lab for four hours, you are going into a lab that inspires you, a lab where you want to learn.”

Completed in 2014, Science and Engineering Hall 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.

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Ballinger Explores Convergent Environments at Tradeline Conference

Ballinger principal Craig S. Spangler, along with lab planner Jeffrey Schantz and Bill Bentley, Founding Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, presented a case study at the Tradeline College and University Science Facilities 2014 conference. Their talk, titled “Bioengineering and Convergence Science at the University of Maryland,” described the cultural evolution of research themes and planning metrics, and how they’re embodied at A. James Clark Hall, a new engineering building at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Craig Spangler Named 2012 Kea Distinguished Professor

Design Principal Craig Spangler, AIA was named the 2012 Kea Distinguished Professorship at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Kea Professors, eminent of practitioners and scholars in the field of architecture, serve as critics and lecturers for the architecture program. Craig, an alumnus of the University of Maryland, was selected for his unique design solutions that address the rapidly changing nature of university campuses.

Repurposing Existing Facilities for Modern Science

At the 2012 Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference, Principals Craig Spangler, AIA, Jeff French, FAIA, and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP explored the challenges associated with making the judgment to invest in an existing facility struggling to retain its functionality.  It is easy to wipe the slate clean and start with a blank piece of paper.  Each Principal approached this from the opposite perspective, working on the fundamental premise that extending the life of a building is the ideal outcome, even if modest additions are key to unlocking success.

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Ballinger Senior Principals Present Successful Models for Co-Locating Science + Engineering Programs

At Tradeline’s 23rd Annual College and University Science Facilities Conference, Senior Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Craig S. Spangler, AIA, and Jeffrey French, FAIA presented recent trends in science and engineering facilities. They reviewed a series of recent projects that reflect three planning trends: the research / teaching neighborhood, the emphasis on collaborative spaces, and the disappearance of boundaries both physical and psychological. The underlying principles that drive these trends are measurable: higher utilization of space, higher research productivity, and greater emphasis on shared resources, both space and equipment. Ballinger provided university leaders with measurable benchmarks for these complex phenomena.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s College and University Science Facilities conference was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

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