Articles Tagged with: Jonathan Friedan

The Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity Opens

The Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity (ASHE) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 27, and officially opened its doors on Wednesday, November 3. Located in the Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia, ASHE’s goal is to offer equal healthcare to all, specifically underserved communities in Philadelphia.

The Black Doctors Consortium, founded as The Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium by Dr. Ala Stanford in April 2020, provides care at the clinic to all patients, infants to adults, and accepts all forms of insurance. “For us, it doesn’t matter what type of insurance you have or don’t have. You’re going to see the same people, you’re going to get the same level of care, and that’s what we plan to deliver for everyone who comes into the door,” Dr. Stanford said.

The primary care clinic includes eight exam rooms and three private behavioral health spaces and will offer a range of services, including adult and pediatric well check-ups, OB/GYN, and phlebotomy labs. A small team from Ballinger, led by Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, with Jonathan Friedan and Courtney Petrella, donated initial planning and design services for the healthcare facility. The group evaluated the existing layout and mechanical systems and presented design options to Dr. Stanford to create a permanent home for the group within the church.

Learn more about the Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity.

Photo courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer (Thomas Hengge, staff photographer).

Ballinger recognized for technological achievement

Ballinger received an ASHRAE Technology Award for the recently completed Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  The 131,000 SF building was recognized in the Educational Facilities/New Construction category by the Philadelphia Chapter of ASHRAE.

ILSB is a model for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and ease of maintenance. The building’s overall annual energy usage is over 40% less than ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. The facility includes wet bench research space, shared scientific research cores, multidisciplinary teaching labs, office space and active learning classrooms. ILSB provides new opportunities for integrating learning and discovery across departments and colleges in support of the University’s mission of student success and expanding research. Collaboration areas for formal and informal exchanges support cross-fertilization of ideas as teams pursue novel and promising leads in life science discovery.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize successful applications of innovative design that incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality, and good mechanical design. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The society focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability by conducting research, writing standards, and fostering continuing education.

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.

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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Innovation Hubs and Incubators Drive Academic Research to Commercialization

Tradeline published a report on the evolving model of innovation hubs in higher education. Based on a presentation by Ballinger principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, associate principal Steve Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP and Paul Sehnert, director of real estate development at the University of Pennsylvania, the report describes the benefits of innovation hubs. Often referred to as incubators, innovation hubs are entrepreneurial ecosystems that offer low-cost rents to startups and access to talent for universities. The report includes examples such as A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park and Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The best way to maximize capital and ensure that future renovations will be cost-efficient is to make smart choices when selecting mechanical and operating systems at the beginning of a project,” writes author Tracy Carbasho. Ballinger designed the MEP systems at Pennovation Center with a developer’s mindset – prioritizing flexibility and limiting pre-investment. The result is a “rough and ready” space that attracts start-ups and fosters a spirit of innovation.

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Ballinger and Penn Lead Tradeline Session on R&D Maker Spaces

Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP and Associate Principal Stephen M. Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP, along with Director of Real Estate Development at the University of Pennsylvania, Paul Sehnert, gave a lecture at the Tradeline Research Facilities 2018 Conference in Boston. Their talk “R&D Maker Spaces Reinvented: What types of space move the dial on innovation and creativity?” gave historical context to the current maker space trend, and showcased recent examples and best practices. Their presentation explained the business models that can support innovation spaces, and illustrated design and systems solutions to consider when contemplating a maker space.

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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Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs Achieves LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (UTL) was recently awarded LEED Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). Platinum is USGBC’s highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which serves as the foremost standard in sustainable building and design.

Ballinger provided architecture, programming, planning, and engineering services in the development of this light-filled learning and research facility that supports Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics departments. The design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Report, which called for an aggressive 51% reduction in carbon emissions.

A multitude of sustainability features were woven into the building’s framework. Ballinger’s design placed emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable site development, and interior environmental quality. The facility is designed to use 50% less energy than similar lab buildings, by employing decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and dual energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air.  As a result, the project has been recognized with sustainability awards as well as design awards.

As an integrated architecture and engineering firm, Ballinger is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable design. This month, Ballinger Associate Principal Brad Crowley will accept a 1st place Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at the Annual ASHRAE Winter Conference for the advanced energy-efficient solutions utilized in this building.

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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Ballinger Presents Post-Occupancy Data at Tradeline

Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP and Associate Principal Stephen M. Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP presented a talk at Tradeline Research Facilities 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The session, titled “Post-Occupancy: Lab Functionality, Flexibility, Energy,” reviewed post-occupancy findings from three high profile science facilities at Johns Hopkins University, the Wistar Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh.

They presented data on modeled-vs-actual building performance, real-world use of interchangeable features, amenities for collaboration and interaction, and operating details. The presenters explained how end-user feedback can inform decisions on next-generation research facilities to maximize return on investment.

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The New Research Facility Value Metrics: Interaction, Sustainability, Project Quality

At the 2013 Tradeline International Conference on Research Facilities, Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Jonathan, PE, LEED AP, and Associate Principal Steve Bartlett, AIA, presented on emerging performance metrics for science and engineering research. An overview of the presentation is as follows:

Building performance measures have been slowly evolving. Efforts to modify these metrics have largely been hidden from view. This talk seeks to fill this intellectual void by exploring three different aspects of building performance:

  • How far can the traditional metrics take us?
  • What should a human factor model of performance be?
  • What are the potentials to go beyond LEED in terms of technology performance.

The premise of this talk is a building performance dashboard that combines these three elements to create a more balanced view of a building. Underlying this model must be post occupancy evaluations that go back to validate the original premises. The 2012 lab of the Year will provide just such a test case.

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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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