Articles Tagged with: education

Celebrating Engineers Week

February 16-22 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. As one of the first firms in the country to merge the disciplines of architecture and engineering into a professional practice, we take pride in creating inspiring environments for engineering learning and discovery.

In honor of Engineers Week, we’re profiling the recently completed A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Conceived to foster broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic hub for innovation, it brings together students from various engineering and technology disciplines with a common interest in enhancing lives through medical advancement. A Student Innovation Lab serves as the building’s “working commons,” a highly-flexible team-based makerspace for both small and large projects.

An adjacent forum with operable walls hosts classes and serves as a campus-wide events venue.

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Exposed systems throughout the building provide didactic opportunities for the School of Engineering. These functional systems are compositionally orchestrated to be central to the architectural experience.

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“Clark Hall embodies the future of multidisciplinary engineering with human impact,” Darryll J. Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the next University of Maryland president, said at Clark Hall’s ribbon-cutting. “These state-of-the-art facilities will create the next generation of engineers who will advance human health worldwide, transforming millions of lives.”

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Ballinger Senior Principal Presents Course on Cope and Stewardson

Ballinger Senior Principal William Gustafson, FAIA recently taught a course titled Inspiring Campus Architecture: Bryn Mawr College and the Evolution of Collegiate Gothic. It was presented as part of the Main Line School Night, a local educational initiative that hosts publicly accessible classes covering a wide range of topics on design and the arts.

The course, which included three lectures and a tour of Bryn Mawr College, centered around two Philadelphia architects, Walter Cope and John Stewardson, who gave birth to the Collegiate Gothic movement in architecture. The program analyzed examples of the work of these two architects at institutions such as Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, Washington University of Saint Louis and the University of Pennsylvania, and examined intersections of history, landscape, architecture and preservation.

Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of New URI Engineering Center

The new Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI), designed and engineered by Ballinger, officially opens on Monday, October 7. The opening event will kick off with a speaking program at 11am, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and building tours.

The new five-story engineering teaching and research building, the largest construction project in URI’s history, was designed as a new interdisciplinary hub to attract faculty, students and industry partners. A key design feature of the building is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted floor plates. Visible from the exterior, the innovative structural solution evokes the discipline of engineering and engages the campus.