Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE was interviewed by Healthcare Design magazine about how rapidly evolving technology is impacting the planning and design of healthcare environments. He will present “The Spectrum of Technologies: The Current and Future State of Healthcare” with Ballinger Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP at this year’s HCD Virtual conference.
How can we design healthcare buildings to be flexible in the face of uncertainty? In a webinar hosted by the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP will address trends in patient-centered care and technology that drive the need for flexibility.
Their presentation, “The Big 5: Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future,” will focus on the impact of floor to floor heights, column spacing, fixed vertical elements, targeted zones of flexibility, and resiliency on a healthcare facility’s future adaptability.
The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was officially honored today with the Healthcare Design (HCD) 2019 Award of Merit. This award, part of the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase, is the highest honor that a project can receive in the program.
The 734,000 SF world-class ambulatory facility, completed in 2018, was designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The state-of-the-art facility pushes the boundaries of innovation to provide exceptional care and a seamless patient experience for all.
Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE, and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, along with Scott Rawlings, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Director of Healthcare at HOK, accepted the award on behalf of all the team members who contributed to the project.
Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP will present a lecture tomorrow to a delegation from China representing the healthcare and design industries.
Their talk, “The Spectrum of Technologies: Current + Future State of Healthcare,” will explore the ways technology is changing the healthcare environment. The event was organized by The Center for Healthcare Design, in conjunction with the Healthcare Design (HCD) Conference in New Orleans. This is the third year Ballinger has served as faculty for this annual education program, which seeks to promote exchange and education about healthcare design.
Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP was recently named to Healthcare Design’s HCD 10, recognizing contributors to the healthcare design community who have made significant achievements and innovations in the field.
Healthcare Design published in their magazine a full spread on each of this year’s winners. Erin’s profile includes key insights to her industry presence both professionally and personally and includes interesting discussion of her mission statements, biography, year in review, future plans, and more.
HCD 10 award winners across ten categories were recognized at a dinner on September 5, part of the HCD Forum in Asheville, NC, and at the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans.
In the spirit of continued firm growth and evolution, Ballinger is proud to expand our leadership. We are delighted to announce seven new Principals and shareholders of the firm.
STEPHEN BARTLETT, AIA, LEED AP
Since joining Ballinger in 1999, Steve has served in a variety of firm leadership roles including Architectural Studio Leader and Senior Project Designer. He has worked in diverse market sectors and collaboratively led the design of some of the firm’s most prestigious commissions. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country and will continue to advance the firm’s design portfolio in higher education.
ERIN NUNES COOPER, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
Erin joined Ballinger in 2011 and has served as Director of Project Management as well as Senior Project Manager for many of the firm’s most significant healthcare projects. Erin has been a spokesperson for Ballinger and the healthcare industry in print and on-air forums, and a mentor for women in design. This year she was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HCD 10. In her role as Principal, Erin will continue to cultivate the firm’s healthcare practice.
ANGELA M. FANTE, PE, SECB, LEED AP
Angie joined Ballinger in 2000 and emerged as a leader within the firm, first as the Structural Group Manager and now as Chief Structural Engineer. Her focus on technical expertise, interdisciplinary coordination, and quality control has been key to the successful completion of many complex building and renovation projects. In addition to her engineering leadership, Angie will be expanding her role in client engagement across market sectors.
THOMAS J. PARR, JR., AIA
Tom joined Ballinger in 1997 and has served in leadership roles including Architectural Studio Manager and Senior Project Manager. He has guided diverse healthcare clients through complex renovation and expansion initiatives, orchestrating project teams and facilitating creative design solutions. Tom will continue to manage important client relationships while furthering the expansion and evolution of Ballinger’s healthcare portfolio.
DENNIS POTTER, PE, LEED AP
Since joining Ballinger in 1996, Dennis has become a leader in sustainable systems design, applying his expertise to the corporate, academic and healthcare sectors. Having served as Director of Engineering, he has cultivated the skills of junior engineers, promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration, and been a champion of flexible, efficient engineering solutions. As Principal, Dennis will be expanding the firm’s engineering portfolio across market sectors.
DAVID MARK RIZ, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
David joined Ballinger in 2019 as Principal after 20 years with KieranTimberlake, where he led many award-winning projects at colleges and universities across the country. He has been published widely, is a frequent lecturer, and has been a juror for multiple award programs. David will concentrate his efforts in the firm’s higher education sector with particular emphasis on client relationship and design management.
ROB W. VOSS, AIA, LEED AP
Rob joined Ballinger in 1996 and as Associate Principal and Studio Leader has provided leadership through innovation in design and project delivery for some of the firm’s most prestigious academic commissions. His approach to design balances aesthetics and functionality with local context to create enduring solutions. Recognized by clients as a collaborative and engaging leader, Rob will be continuing to advance and expand the firm’s higher education practice.
Learn more at http://www.ballinger.com/leadership/
Healthcare buildings of today must be flexible in order to remain relevant tomorrow. How can we design buildings that remain malleable in the face of uncertainty? Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, FAIA, ACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP will address these concerns at the New York Health Design Insights Networking Event on September 26. The talk, “The Big Five: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future,” will focus on the impact of floor to floor heights, column spacing, fixed vertical elements, targeted zones of flexibility, and resiliency on a healthcare facility’s future adaptability.
Ballinger’s Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP was named to Healthcare Design’s prestigious HCD 10. The HCD 10 is a professional awards program that honors members of the healthcare design community who have demonstrated significant recent accomplishments and contributions to the field.
Erin is a Principal and Director of Project Management at Ballinger. She continues to advance Ballinger’s academic medical center portfolio and regularly presents within the office and at healthcare conferences nationwide.
In her project work, Erin is passionate about improving the quality of the built environment and the patient, family, and care team experience. She developed a formal process, in collaboration with the team, for guiding project stakeholders through decision-making using role-playing workshops with 3D printed model pieces. The process continues be a key part of Ballinger’s process for engaging users during design.
Erin’s understanding of the complexity of healthcare projects balances forward thinking design concepts with the realities of clinical requirements and regulatory approvals. She is both strategic and tactical in her leadership and synthesizes complex information to help clients come to informed decisions.
HCD 10 award winners across ten categories will be recognized at a dinner on September 5, part of the HCD Forum in Asheville, NC, and at the 2019 Healthcare Design Conference in New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.
Recently celebrating one year in operation, the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center is a world-class ambulatory care facility that combines cutting-edge technology with innovative clinical approaches to ensure a seamless patient experience from diagnosis to treatment. The MRI/PET/Angiography Suite, which includes a first-of-its-kind procedure room integrating scanning and surgical procedures, is a prime example of the ideas and innovations that are central to the building’s design.
The suite combines key imaging technologies used for minimally-invasive procedures, including MRI/PET, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and rotational CT, with a fixed Angio C-arm in an operating room setting. A flexible central table design provides access to all of these technologies in a single room. In addition, procedure verification occurs through real-time advanced imaging registration technology, streamlining treatment and reducing the need for multiple patient visits.
“We are proud to have collaborated with NewYork-Presbyterian to create this unique space,” says Ballinger Project Architect Shawn Billiard, RA. “This co-location and arrangement of equipment allows clinicians to diagnose, plan, and precisely guide procedures all in one place, at one time.”
Ballinger, responsible for clinical planning and design within the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, utilized 3D-printed models of people, equipment and furniture to explore and rapidly assess possible room configurations in order to efficiently advance the suite’s design process with various NewYork-Presbyterian stakeholder groups. This highly-effective workshop style, used for clinical spaces throughout the hospital, helped clinicians quickly understand spatial and design issues and was critical to the room’s success.
The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was designed in a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, a 740,000 SF ambulatory care center completed in 2018 by Ballinger in collaboration with HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed, was featured on ArchDaily this month. The building combines innovative clinical approaches and cutting edge technology to create a seamless patient experience.
Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, ACHA, ACHE, and Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP were invited to speak at the spring 2019 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The televised series, “Health Systems and Networks: The New Clients,” is hosted by the College of Architecture and the Health Science Center School of Public Health.
The presentation examined the “Big Five” key design decisions that enable adaptability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. Described through case studies of recent projects, the presentation covered trends in health systems, patient-centered care and technology.
Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will participate in a speed mentoring event organized by AIA Philadelphia’s Women in Architecture (WIA) and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers Women In Structural Engineering (DVASE WiSE). The annual event is an opportunity for quick information exchange in small group settings, focused on goals and professional challenges. Participants rapidly build professional networks and share successful ways to excel in the design profession. This year’s event will be held at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design on Wednesday, April 10.
As a Principal and Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angie has been an integral team member on several significant building projects, while also leading Ballinger’s structural engineering department and consistently raising standards for Ballinger’s construction documents. “I was very fortunate to have had strong mentors during my early years in the profession. Had it not been for their patience and guidance, I may not still be a practicing engineer! It’s important for the next generation of architects and engineers to engage with those who have successfully emerged on the other side of those challenging first few years,” Angie said.
Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Project Management, Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was a mentor at the 2018 event. She described the experience as “a wonderful opportunity to connect with many exceptional women in the profession, all learning from each other.”
Healthcare Design magazine published a cover story about the 740,000 SF NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center. The article, titled “Vision Realized,” was written by Anne DiNardo about the unique collaboration that resulted in NewYork-Presbyterian’s award-winning ambulatory care center.
Ballinger Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP is quoted in the article, describing the role-playing workshops Ballinger organized to engage stakeholders. With 3D-printed models, users were able to explore room layouts and equipment arrangements. “Using the models was a simple but effective way to bring the rooms to life, building excitement for the project with stakeholders and involving them early on in key design decisions.”
The project was a collaboration among Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
The latest episode of WHYY’s health and science program, The Pulse, includes a segment on hospital design, featuring Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP. Host Maiken Scott interviewed Erin about why healthcare facilities can be confusing, and the tools architects use to improve wayfinding and increase efficiency. They also explored the themes of flexibility and warmth in healthcare environments. “A current and modern hospital should send a message that it’s a welcoming place – a place to heal, rather than a place to be sick,” Erin explained.
The Pulse is recorded at WHYY in Philadelphia and broadcasts on over 50 local NPR stations nationwide.
Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Associate Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP presented “The Big 5: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future” at the 2018 Healthcare Design Conference in Phoenix. The presentation examined the key design decisions that enable adaptability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. Utilizing digital audience polling, the presenters facilitated real-time information exchange among attendees about key planning decisions and perceptions. Produced by Healthcare Design magazine in association with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, the conference showcases research, trends and strategies in the healthcare design industry.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
The recently opened David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian is the subject of a profile by Tom Stabile in Engineering New-Record (ENR). The project was designed as a collaboration among Ballinger, HOK and Pei Cobb Freed. The article includes interviews with Ballinger associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper and other leaders from the design and engineering teams who took the project from concept to reality.
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.
NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center
Medical Architect: Ballinger
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
March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month, we asked Ballinger staff members to share advice and their perspectives as women in architecture, engineering and interior design. We’ll be sharing more thoughts from the remarkable women of Ballinger throughout the year.
On March 19, at this year’s Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, Ballinger Associate Principal, Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED AP and Senior Project Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC presented their talk entitled “Beyond Green: Design of the Built Environment and Its Impact on Healthy Communities”. Their session explored the significance of design in improving overall wellness for communities and patient care spaces. They illustrated the role design can play within population health using examples from recent Ballinger projects, Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute; Tower Health, Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care; and Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition + Health.
The annual Population Health Colloquium brings together healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical executives, leading technology and solutions companies, academia, and government to highlight advances in population health. The conference is an opportunity for leaders within the industry to share best practices, case studies, expert insights, and industry trends.
Three Ballinger projects were featured in a recent article published by Building Design + Construction magazine. In a survey of trends in the design of cancer research and treatment centers, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center, and the MD Anderson Center Oncology In-Patient Unit at Cooper University Hospital were praised for their innovative approaches to cancer care.
Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was extensively quoted regarding her expertise in the field. She emphasized Ballinger’s family- and patient-focused design approach, as well as her commitment to creating spaces capable of adapting to new healthcare technologies — all fundamental values to the development of the three named projects.
A photograph of the Ballinger-designed meditation pavilion, overlooking a garden and pond at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, accompanied the piece. As noted in the article, Ballinger remains at the forefront of adaptive design solutions for the research and treatment challenges of our time.
Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Associate Principal Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED AP gave a presentation to a Chinese delegation of 30 people from healthcare institutions and the design industry. The event was organized by The Center for Healthcare Design, in conjunction with the Healthcare Design (HCD) Conference in Orlando, Florida. Louis and Erin gave an overview of recent operating/procedure room platform designs, highlighting Ballinger’s projects for Penn Medicine, Tower Health and NewYork-Presbyterian.
“Sharing our work and engaging in dialog with our healthcare design colleagues from China is an opportunity to broaden our knowledge base. This is the second year we’ve presented to the Special Delegation, and we have found that through the exchange of ideas, we gain an elevated appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on design,” said Cooper.
The presentation was interpreted into Mandarin by Dr. Zhipeng Lu of Texas A&M University and presentation slides were translated by Coco Wang.
This month Ballinger staff members attended a luncheon organized by Turner Construction at a project site in New York City. Approximately 70 team members, including more than 30 woman trade contractors, attended. The appreciation event highlighted the progress made by Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a workforce development program that prepares women for careers in the construction, transportation, energy, and facilities maintenance industries.
Turner Construction, a frequent Ballinger collaborator, also showed their support of women in the field by helping to fund to a feature-length documentary, “Hard Hatted Woman.” The film, about women who work in construction trades, is set to premiere in 2018.
The women and men of Ballinger are proud to support our industry colleagues during Women’s History Month and throughout the year.
A Japanese delegation of 35 architects and healthcare administrators traveled to Pennsylvania today to tour the Ballinger-designed Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and to visit Ballinger’s office in downtown Philadelphia.
The delegation became familiar with Lasko Tower and Ballinger’s design role when Principal Louis Meilink and Senior Healthcare Planners Christina Grimes and Debbie Phillips presented a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Lasko Tower at the 2016 PDC Summit in San Diego. The presentation piqued the Japanese delegation’s interest and inspired their trip to Philadelphia around this year’s PDC Summit.
The delegation explored the three floors of Lasko Tower with Louis Meilink and his Ballinger colleague’s Associate Principal Tom Parr and Junko Huang serving as tour guides.
Following the Lasko Tower tour, the delegation arrived at Ballinger’s office in Philadelphia where they gave a compelling presentation on the latest design trends and healthcare facilities in Japan.
Office-wide tours and four thought-provoking healthcare topics were then presented by Ballinger healthcare team members. The topics, conceived by the delegation, explored improving patient safety, increasing staff motivation in the workplace, ensuring flexibility for the future, and the importance of codes and guidelines when designing hospitals. The topics were presented by Ballinger healthcare team members: Erin Cooper, Amy Floresta, Rob Goss, Christina Grimes, Debbie Phillips, and Eric Swanson.
Three-dimensional printing capabilities are becoming a fixture in Ballinger’s healthcare planning and design process. In an effort to provide clients with the most effective means to collaborate and assess options, Ballinger’s design team employed 3D printed model pieces to design 28 procedure rooms in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP). The model pieces were used in interdisciplinary role playing workshops with users during Schematic Design and Design Development.
At the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in Houston, (left to right) Erin N. Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Ballinger, Louis Meilink, Jr. AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Principal, Ballinger Ellie Dalton, VP, Facilities Strategic Planning, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dwight Smith AIA, NCARB, EDAC, Senior Associate, Ballinger presented on the topic.
An abbreviated PDF version of the presentation entitled “How NewYork-Presbyterian Employed 3D Printing to Revamp the Planning Process” can be found here.
Rather than using 3D print technology for massing models or façade explorations, the Ballinger team took 3D printing to a new level, creating printed pieces of all the equipment in the procedure rooms; from surgical tables and anesthesia carts to fixed imaging equipment and waste bins. Over 250 moveable 3D printed pieces were made to cover 22 procedure case types.
In the user group workshops, the presence of model pieces generated excitement and cultivated a heightened level of focus and engagement – as well as fun – amongst the participants. A key advantage of this process was the ability to try various layouts quickly and efficiently, eliminating scenarios that did not work, and honing in on the details of the most promising scenarios. As a result of these sessions, room layouts were solidified early in the design process and a template design was developed for Ambulatory Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy procedure rooms. In a bold move, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy were designed to be OR-like, including applying clean flow, while improving operational and space efficiency.
Building on the success of the planning process for the NYP Ambulatory Care Center, Ballinger has continued to invest in 3D printing technologies and has applied this strategy on several other projects.
Three-dimensional printing capabilities are becoming a fixture in Ballinger’s healthcare planning and design process. In an effort to provide clients with the most effective means to collaborate and assess options, Ballinger’s NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Center team employed 3D printed model pieces to design 28 procedure rooms. The model pieces were used in interdisciplinary role playing workshops with users during schematic design and design development.
Rather than using 3D print technology for massing models or façade explorations, the ACC team took 3D printing to a new level, creating printed pieces of all the equipment in the procedure rooms; from surgical tables and anesthesia carts to fixed imaging equipment and waste bins. Over 250 moveable 3D printed pieces were made to cover 22 procedure case types.
The team made use of Ballinger’s in-house plastic and powder 3D printers, which allowed them to add to the fleet of pieces on-demand as the client investigated additional case types. In the user group workshops, the presence of model pieces generated excitement and cultivated a heightened level of focus and engagement – as well as fun – amongst the participants. A key advantage of this process was the ability to try various layouts quickly and efficiently, eliminating scenarios that did not work, and honing in on the details of the most promising scenarios. As a result of these sessions, room layouts were solidified early in the design process and a template design was developed for Ambulatory Surgery, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy procedure rooms. In a bold move, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy were designed to be OR-like, including applying clean flow, while improving operational and space efficiency.
Building on the success of the planning process for the Ambulatory Care Center, Ballinger has continued to invest in 3D printing technologies and has applied this strategy on several other projects. Recently Ballinger had the opportunity to bring the models back to NewYork-Presbyterian for a new Women’s Hospital project.
Held at the New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge, the event drew a crowd of over 1,000, including Brooklyn Hospital Center President and CEO Jonathan Weld and New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo. The event raised $1.4 million for the institution’s expansion of its pediatric emergency-care services.
Pictured left to right: Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED BD+C, Joan Clark, Brooklyn Hospital Center Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing & Communications