Articles Tagged with: Eric W. Swanson

Penn Medicine Radnor Wins 2021 AIA Pennsylvania Architecture Honor Award

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Penn Medicine Radnor an Architecture Honor Award during the 5th Annual AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF ambulatory care center.

Honor awards recognize projects that exemplify distinguished achievement in their category. The jury acknowledged the seamless integration between the building and the surrounding landscape, which emphasizes “the role nature plays in health and well-being.”

AIA Pennsylvania represents nearly 3,000 members throughout Pennsylvania. This year’s awards jury was comprised of New York City architects and a panel representing AIA Committee on the Environment.

Watch the Honor Award segment here

Grand View Health Expansion Tops Out

Grand View Health celebrated a milestone in the construction of a 190,000 SF expansion in Sellersville, PA. The new six-floor pavilion connects to the existing hospital and will house private patient rooms, technologically advanced operating rooms, and a two-level lobby filled with natural light.

Ballinger provided planning, architecture, engineering, and interior design services for the state-of-the-art facility, designed to prioritize wellness for patients, visitors, and staff. Inspired by its site and the values Grand View Health has upheld since its founding in 1913, the building enables the hospital to expand its clinical services.

Representatives from Grand View Health and the design and construction teams gathered to celebrate the placing of the final steel beam of the structure. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Read more about the topping ceremony here.

Sketch of Grand View Health

Penn Medicine Radnor Wins National AIA Healthcare Design Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) recognized Penn Medicine Radnor as an example of the best of healthcare building design in the US.

One of six projects selected, Radnor was praised for its integration into the community and natural environment. The jury noted, “the building serves as an elegant but understated backdrop to its landscape with elements of delight that are impactful and purposeful.”    

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Penn Medicine Radnor selected as Finalist in Healthcare Design Showcase

Penn Medicine Radnor, designed by Ballinger, was a finalist in Healthcare Design (HCD) Magazine’s 2021 Healthcare Design Showcase. A jury appointed by the Center for Health Design, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) scored projects based on categories of innovation, aesthetics, experience, and operational performance. The jury, representing the design and healthcare industries, recognized Penn Medicine Radnor’s environmental stewardship and biophilia, commenting on its “aesthetics defined by light-filled spaces, a warm neutral palette, and nature-inspired graphics.”

The project was published in the August issue of the magazine. Click here to view the publication.

Welcome addition

The NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns was featured in the August issue of Healthcare Design Magazine. Writer Joann Plockova described its inviting environments for mothers and families.   

Excerpted from Healthcare Design:

As a whole, the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center in Manhattan houses three distinct programs: ambulatory care; an integrative health and wellbeing center; and the newest addition, a hospital for women and newborns. Largely constructed following the opening of the first two programs in 2018, the Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, which opened in August 2020, offers comprehensive care for mother and infant—before, during, and after birth, including specialized prenatal care and neonatal intensive care. However, it wasn’t a planned tenant from the beginning. Rather, the women’s hospital was considered along with the idea of additional ambulatory care to fill the building’s top six floors of shell space. But when neighboring NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Greenberg Pavilion sought to expand capacity for its women and newborn services, the organization looked to those Koch Center floors as a convenient and natural fit for a new women’s hospital. “Relocating to the building across the street allows us to grow the service and provide a physical environment that matches the exceptional patient care,” says Hillary Shaw, vice president of the Alexander Cohen Hospital for Woman and Newborns and the David H. Koch Center in New York.

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

Spanning 246,500 gross square feet, the new Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns includes ultrasound and antepartum outpatient services on the 12th floor; labor and delivery on the 14th floor; a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with MRI and an operating room on the 15th floor; and three floors dedicated to inpatient postpartum care on floors 16 to 18. Designed to accommodate 7,000 births per year, the hospital, which nearly triples the organization’s previous space for mother and infant care, includes 75 private antepartum and postpartum rooms (up from 68), 60 newborn intensive care beds (up from 50, and including 42 private units), and 16 labor and delivery rooms (up from 11). Clinical spaces include five C-section operating rooms, 20 triage/prep/recovery rooms, eight private antepartum testing rooms, and 15 ultrasound rooms on the 12th floor.

The project was a collaboration between several firms that delivered the earlier Koch Center projects, including HOK (New York) as project architect and Ballinger (Philadelphia), which served as medical architect and healthcare planner; interior design was by HOK with Ballinger.

Similar to the Koch Center’s existing design, the women’s hospital offers an oasis from the urban environment while addressing the specific needs of its patients and families. “[For mothers and their families] it’s an exciting situation to be in, but quite stressful,” says Sara Ridenour, associate principal at Ballinger. To help address that, the project team crafted a clear path to help patients get from start to finish with ease. “We choreographed the experience for all parties via flow mapping,” says Ridenour. After arriving at the drop-off area—designed as a quiet, internal avenue where patients can avoid the stress of a busy city street—patients are greeted in the main lobby of the Koch Center and directed to dedicated elevators that stop only on floors 12 through 18. Notified that a patient is on the way, a staff member will be waiting upon arrival in the sky lobby, located in the corner on each floor and offering views of the city, to escort the patient to either a prep/recovery room for a scheduled C-section or triage. After giving birth, mothers are then transported to the postpartum unit via dedicated elevators within the hospital.

Another connection between the new hospital and the established Koch Center is the continuation of the onstage/offstage operational flow. The building’s L-shaped floor plate provided a natural split to place offstage services, including the staff corridor, on the inside of the L, while public and patient spaces are on the periphery with access to views of New York and plenty of natural light (with the exception of the 12th floor, where the corridor is on the perimeter).

A focus on patient-centered care, including private patient rooms and family support amenities, was among five “Departmental Visions and Goals for Maternity and NICU” outlined for the project by NewYork-Presbyterian, Shaw says. Every patient room has three zones, including a caregiver zone from the entrance to the bed; a patient zone at the headwall; and a family zone, which is typically against the window. “We were very deliberate in moving to a private model,” she says. “Private rooms allow for greater bonding between the new family unit where the mother, partner, and newborn can bond together in the postpartum or NICU rooms. Partners or parents can sleep over and be more involved with the care of their loved ones.”

Ridenour says private areas for family are prioritized, too. “Sometimes family members need respite, too; and reducing stress and providing comfort for mother, baby, and family is part of the project vision,” she says. For example, every floor has a family lounge, which is centrally located near the entrance for easy access, while on the labor and delivery floor, there’s a partner’s lounge that offers a place for retreat when needed. The NICU floor houses a shower, laundry, and a sibling child life room. The postpartum floors include multipurpose education rooms and a family dining room on the 16th floor where families can have a celebration dinner.

Staff spaces in the core include a layered zone of three adjoined areas including a nurses’ station/administrative area, a large team room/ touchdown area, and a smaller dictation room for physicians in the back. These three connected spaces are encased in glass, which allows staff to have access to natural daylight coming in through the patient rooms. A sliding glass door between the spaces allows the team to open up the rooms for larger meetings. “There are levels of privacy and collaboration that we made as flexible as possible,” says Ridenour. Decentralized nurses’ stations are located between every two rooms throughout the hospital and between every room on the NICU floor.

The NICU patient rooms are arranged to operate as distinct neighborhoods, with 12 rooms on the west side that can be divided into one or two neighborhoods and 38 rooms on the east side, which can be organized into two or three neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has a dedicated entry point to eliminate travel through one neighborhood to get to another. In addition, an offstage corridor is provided for staff and supplies to reduce noise levels in the patient area and minimize conflicts with family flow. “I think one thing that’s really great about our NICU is we brought all of the services to the floor, so we don’t have to transport these critically ill babies except for in very unique circumstances,” says Shaw. “By bringing the MRI and operating room to the floor, we’ve really integrated care into one location for the family.”

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Although some of the communal spaces, like the multipurpose education rooms and the family dining space, have been “sitting vacant for the time being” due to COVID-19, Shaw says, feedback on the hospitality approach has been positive.

Specifically, patients are appreciative of the privacy, large rooms, art program, an abundant light incorporated throughout—insight that confirms the organization’s decision to fill the shell floors with the women’s hospital was the right one. “[It’s] allowed us to offer the very best care for our patients in a bright and nurturing environment that prioritizes comfort, safety, and privacy,” Shaw says.

Ballinger at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design

Ballinger is proud to be participating in this year’s Forum on Architecture + Design, AIA Philadelphia’s regional education conference. The event will be held October 2-4 at Philadelphia’s Convene at 30 South 17th Street, and will include keynote and break-out sessions as well as networking opportunities. Ballinger creators will present at three sessions, covering diverse topics spanning modern approaches to sustainability, the evolution of science building design, and the “secret” to winning national AIA awards.

Ballinger Senior Project Architect David Hincher, AIA, LEED BD+C, along with peers, will present “The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit: Closing the Information Gap” on Thursday, October 3. The panel will discuss the Toolkit, a new design tool created to help make all types of projects more sustainable. The goal of the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Toolkit is to demonstrate how sustainability is a practice that can and should be enacted in all kinds of projects, regardless of scale or intensity.

“Secrets of Success: Stories of our recent AIA National Award Winners” will be presented by Ballinger Senior Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and retired architect Christopher Gray, along with colleagues from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and ISA on Friday, October 4. Moderated by Maureen A. Ward, AIA, Senior Director of Facilities Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the discussion will analyze recent successful award submissions and outline the “secrets of their success.”

“20 Years of Design Evolution: Exceptional science teaching and research buildings on college campuses and in dense urban areas from 1999 to 2019” will be presented by Ballinger Principal Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP, Architect Alexa Hansford, RA, and Ajay Prasad, PE of Jensen Hughes on Friday, October 4. The presentation will include an analysis of science building designs, codes, and trends that lead to successful discovery and learning.

Stemmler Hall named Groundbreaker Award finalist

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stemmler Hall was named a Green Building United 2019 Groundbreaker Award project finalist. The Groundbreaker Awards recognize and celebrate green building leadership, innovation, and impact in the Philadelphia area.

Ballinger worked with Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine to transform the 230,000 SF Stemmler Hall, a 1970s era biomedical research and teaching facility in the heart of the campus. Ballinger designed  infrastructure to maximize energy performance and floorplans that enable program and research flexibility. The outcome is an open, flexible 21st century magnet facility.

Winners will be announced at the Groundbreaker Awards Ceremony on September 25th at the Comcast Technology Center. Green Building United promotes the development of buildings that are sustainable, healthy for inhabitants, resilient, and cost effective. Through education, advocacy, and strategic initiatives, Green Building United’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center wins European Healthcare Design Awards

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was recognized at the European Healthcare Design Awards in London June 18. The project received the prestigious Healthcare Design over 25,000 SM award as well as the Design Innovation for Quality Improvement award. The program, organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, celebrate professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world. The awards were presented at a ceremony during the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London.

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center Receives Top Award

Healthcare Design (HCD) magazine selected the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center to receive an Award of Merit, the highest level of recognition, in the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase.

The 734,000 SF David H. Koch Center is designed to house innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge technology, resulting in exceptional care and a seamless patient experience. Characterized by warmth and transparency, the design features clear circulation, light-filled spaces, and standardized procedure rooms and patient areas that enable adaptability as requirements and technologies evolve.

The annual Healthcare Design awards program, now in its 19th year, honors the best design and architecture in the healthcare industry. Seventeen jurors, appointed by HCD’s partner organizations (The Center for Health Design, IIDA, and ASID), evaluated the submissions. Awards will be presented during the 2019 HCD Conference and published in the August 2019 issue of Healthcare Design.

The project was a design collaboration between Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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European Healthcare Design Awards recognize NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was shortlisted for two European Healthcare Design Awards. The project is a finalist in the Healthcare Design over 25,000 SM and Design Innovation for Quality Improvement categories. The awards, organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, celebrate professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world. The awards will be presented at a ceremony during the European Healthcare Design 2019 Congress in London on June 18.

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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.

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Reading HealthPlex October cover story in Healthcare Design

Healthcare Design magazine published a cover story about the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care. The article, titled “Shaped by Nature,” was written by Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, AIA, ACHA, ACHE and associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC. It describes how a new surgical platform for Tower Health resulted in an 88,000 SF roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF hospital, which opened in 2017. The project is one of several Ballinger has designed for the hospital system, now called Tower Health, over the past 35 years.

Healthcare Design magazine is a monthly publication covering architecture, interior design, facility planning, healthcare engineering and construction, relevant research, and the most recent projects opening their doors.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Sets the Bar for Contemporary Hospital Design

The David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian appeared in the October issue of the Conde Nast publication Architectural Digest. The piece, written by Elizabeth Fazzare, focuses on innovations that improve the patient experience: “Prep rooms double as recovery rooms, providing continuity for patients and their companions. Hallways run along the perimeter, taking in sunshine and city views. And MRI facilities are above-ground, rather than relegated to the basement, as is usually the case,” she writes. Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, who was interviewed for the article, explains, “A lot of it is focused on reducing anxiety.”

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NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center Featured in Metropolis

The David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian was featured in the September issue of Metropolis magazine. Writer Liz Stinson profiled the 740,000 SF ambulatory care center and its focus on the patient experience. She described the “patient-centered design choices at the finish and product scale: clinical rooms with sofas large enough to seat two, so family members can comfortably accompany patients; dimmable overhead fixtures that double as exam lighting, reducing clutter and the need for additional equipment.” The project, opened in 2018, was designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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NYP’s David H. Koch Center named Best Healthcare Project of 2018 by ENR

The New York chapter of Engineering News-Record (ENR) named the David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian the Best Healthcare Project of 2018. The 740,000 SF project was a design collaboration between Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

ENR’s annual awards program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them. NYP’s David H. Koch Center was submitted for the award by construction manager Turner Construction.

Congratulations to the team!

 

NewYork-Presbyterian’s Operating Room of the Future featured in The Wall Street Journal

NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center is home to cutting-edge technology and thoughtful design solutions. Healthcare journalist Laura Landro profiled the evolution of operating rooms for The Wall Street Journal and highlighted the state-of-the-art ORs designed by Ballinger.

The 740,000 SF David H. Koch Center, designed in collaboration with HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, opened in April 2018.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Opens a World-Class Center for Ambulatory Care

A Seamless Patient Experience, Designed to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Keeps the Focus on Healing

On April 24, 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) celebrated the opening of the David H. Koch Center, a world-class ambulatory care center that combines innovative clinical approaches and cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional care and a seamless patient experience.

The design is a collaboration among Ballinger as Medical Architect, HOK as Architect, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as Consulting Architect for building envelope and lobby.

The approximately 740,000-sq.-ft. facility, located at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center campus on York Avenue and 68th Street, is home to a wide range of ambulatory care services, including outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging and infusion services, as well as an Integrative Health and Wellbeing program that will open in June.

“Our goal in creating the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was to develop a new vision for what ambulatory care could be by focusing first and foremost on patients’ needs and the delivery of exceptional care,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “Every decision about the design and operation of this building was made with the patient in mind, from the quick and easy check-in to the private prep and recovery rooms, light-filled treatment areas and real-time status updates. This is truly an environment that was designed for healing, and we believe it represents the future of ambulatory care.”

For patients, the NYP David H. Koch Center will serve as a one-stop destination for individualized, coordinated care from diagnosis to treatment. Multidisciplinary teams of physicians from Weill Cornell Medicine, working collaboratively under one roof, will consider each patient holistically, whether they are being treated for digestive diseases, cancer or other conditions, or coming for outpatient surgery, interventional radiology or diagnostic imaging.

Smart technology and smart spaces are central to the design and function of the building to make patient visits as smooth and pleasant as possible. For example, patients can complete their paperwork remotely and securely before their visit, on their mobile phone or online. Upon arrival, they will be offered a personalized “smartband” that provides access to the building and receive information about their visit and step-by-step directions to their room through the NYP app. Each patient’s visit has a clear, planned flow that begins and ends in the same space for patients having a procedure — a private prep and recovery room that serves as “home base” for them and their companions throughout their visit.

Technology is central to delivering exceptional, cutting-edge care. A prime example is the NYP David H. Koch Center’s MRI/PET/Angiography suite, the first of its kind in the world. Combining all of the key imaging technologies used for minimally-invasive procedures, including MRI/PET, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and rotational CT, it enables clinicians to diagnose, plan, and precisely guide procedures and verify their completeness. The NYP David H. Koch Center features three linear accelerators, including New York’s first MRI-guided linear accelerator for precision radiation treatment of tumors.

Additional clinical features include:

  • 12 operating suites, 6 interventional radiology procedure rooms, and 11 endoscopic procedure rooms, including an operating room dedicated to breast surgery with mammography and ultrasound equipment.
  • Decentralized clinical care with stations directly outside private patient rooms, offering patients easier access to their care team.
  • Radiation oncology services located on the light-filled 4th floor, thanks to the building’s unique engineering. Unlike many institutions, there are no basement treatment areas here.
  • Easy access to discharge instructions, test results and video follow-up appointments with physicians through the NYP app.

Sustainability and Resiliency
The NYP David H. Koch Center is designed to be highly sustainable, from its green roof, which can detain up to six inches of storm water, to its high-performance building envelope. The distinctive “skin” consists of triple-paned insulated glazing with a slatted wood screen, which significantly reduces solar glare, building heat gain, and the need for solar and privacy shading.

The building is also resilient in the case of an extreme weather event or disruption to city power, with heating equipment, air handling units, emergency generators and other key operational equipment located on higher floors above potential flood levels.

Enhanced Care for Patients
The design features a soothing palette of materials including wood and stone. A typical procedure floor has a sky lobby, 12 flexible procedure rooms, and 36 private prep and recovery rooms. Procedure preparation and recovery occur in the same dedicated room, which helps minimize patient movements and provides peace of mind for the patient, family, and care team.

Circulation is clear, with a separation of “on-stage” and “off-stage” flows so patients and families can travel along the light-filled perimeter corridors with clear wayfinding, and staff can move efficiently throughout the building, minimizing disruption to guests.

Infusion and radiation oncology areas – typically located on lower levels – are co-located on the 4th floor of the building. This allows patients and staff access to natural light, an example of the extraordinary accommodations made at the NYP David H. Koch Center to prioritize patient-centered care. The infusion area features a variety of treatment environments ranging from private rooms to warm and inviting community spaces.

NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns
Beginning in 2020, the top five-and-a-half floors of the building will become home to the NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, the first of its kind in the tri-state area, offering compassionate, personalized care to pregnant women, newborn babies and their families. The 220,000-square-foot hospital within a hospital will feature 75 private rooms, 16 labor and delivery rooms, five cesarean section operative suites, 20 maternal critical assessment and treatment unit rooms and 15 ultrasound rooms, which will offer state-of-the-art visualization. The neonatal intensive care unit features 60 positions in private rooms, and is set to be the first facility in New York City to have MRI capabilities and an operating room in its neonatal intensive care unit.

 Team
NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center
Medical Architect: Ballinger
Architect: HOK
Consulting Architect (building envelope and lobby): Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Interior Design: Ballinger and HOK
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP: Syska Hennesy Group
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company
Lobby Art: Paqutá (2018) by Beatriz Milhazes

Ballinger Recognized at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

Ballinger’s work was recognized at the Design + Health International Academy Awards held in Vienna, Austria during the Design + Health World Congress.

Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute won an award for its use of art in public and private spaces and was the overall winner in the Interior Design category. Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care won an award in the category of Sustainable Urban and Built Environment.

The Design + Health International Academy Awards is a leading advocacy program recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy built environments.

Ballinger principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the awards at a gala dinner at Vienna’s historical City Hall, chaired by Professor Alan Dilani, founder of the International Academy for Design + Health.

Ballinger Presents at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

Ballinger principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Eric Swanson, AIA attended the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) Design + Health World Congress held in Vienna, Austria July 12-16. The program for the conference and exhibition explored public health on a global scale.

Louis and Eric presented the recently completed Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care in a talk titled “A Closer Look at the U.S. Healthcare Built Environment.”

With experts from the UK, Italy, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil and others, the conference was an opportunity to exchange ideas and review progress to improve patient care.

Ballinger’s Partnership with the Community Design Collaborative Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal

In recognition of our sustained investment in the work of the Community Design Collaborative, Ballinger was selected as one of Philadelphia’s Faces of Philanthropy by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Principal Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the award on behalf of Ballinger at an event on April 6 at the Ballroom at the Ben.

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. Over 80 Ballinger employees have volunteered with the Collaborative over the years, and 14 employees are currently working on three projects. Ballinger Designer Bonnie Netel, who leads one of the projects said, “It’s been great to watch Ballinger’s participation gain momentum. Our work with the Collaborative is supported internally, and it’s horizontal; employees at every level contribute. Now that we have three ongoing Collaborative projects, we have the opportunity to exchange ideas between groups and create buzz around the office.”

The Faces of Philanthropy award is an endorsement of B::Engaged, Ballinger’s employee-run community service initiative founded in 2015. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective. The group brings together various volunteer efforts throughout the office, and provides a home for staff members interested in enriching the built and social fabric of our community.

Tradeline Report: Retrofit or Renovate?

Tradeline has published a report entitled “Penn Renovation Yields Class A Laboratory Space for Half the Cost of New Construction: Weighing the Cost/Benefit of Retrofit vs. Gut Renovation.”

The article was inspired by a Tradeline conference talk delivered by Ballinger’s Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, and Eric Swanson, AIA, along with Perelman School of Medicine’s Eric Weckel, AIA, Executive Director for Space Planning and Operations. It presents the strategy, phased approach, and cost-saving steps behind the major renovation of Stemmler Hall, a 1970s research, classroom and administrative building in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Ballinger’s Jonathan Friedan is quoted: “When you just do system replacements, you can get good, but not optimal, energy reductions. But you also get people complaining, ‘We spent millions of dollars, and what did we get?’ They’re still in aged compartmentalized labs, and wishing instead that they were in the brand-new lab down the street. We didn’t want to retrofit Stemmler Hall’s systems without doing something transformative to the building.”

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UMMC Shock Trauma Achieves LEED Gold

The Shock Trauma Critical Tower at the University of Maryland Medical Center was awarded LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Ballinger provided planning, architecture, engineering and interior design services for this expansion of the University of Maryland Medical Center. The project increases capacity for the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and the adjacent emergency and general surgery departments.

The design incorporates sustainable building materials, a high performance envelope and energy efficient building systems that benefit not just this building but the campus as a whole.  Specific strategies include:

  • 100% storm water reclaimed for use in chillers and landscape irrigation
  • Wind turbines for local sourced green power
  • Building materials with 30% recycled content