The Nexus Building at Adelphi University was certified LEED Silver by the United States Green Building Council. Completed in 2016, the state-of-the-art campus hub features a green roof and terrace as well as energy efficient systems. The Adelphi campus is an arboretum, so landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers. The 100,000 SF building is a visual representation of Adelphi’s commitment to community, collaboration and academic excellence.
In May 2018, the University of Pennsylvania’s recently renovated Evans Building was awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is home to Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library.
Anticipating the structure’s 100th anniversary in 2015, Penn commissioned Ballinger to program, plan, and redesign the historic building for their “Evans Building Centennial Renaissance” initiative. With the goal of bringing the School of Dental Medicine into the 21st century, the space was re-envisioned to optimize patient care, expand academic and clinical spaces, and improve circulation flows.
Ballinger’s designers, engineers, and historic preservation team were tasked with preserving the building’s historic character while also modernizing infrastructure and systems to improve occupant comfort and operating efficiencies. USGBC awarded the LEED Gold certification based on the building’s optimized energy performance, green power, enhanced commissioning, reduced water usage, and innovative design.
A “topping out” ceremony was hosted on Tuesday for the expansion project at Chester County Hospital. The event marks the completion of steel work for the largest expansion in the hospital’s 125-year history.
A topping out ceremony is one of the oldest customs in the construction industry. It is celebrated when the last beam is placed at the top of a new building and traditionally involves placing an evergreen tree and U.S. flag on top of the structure, along with the final piece of steel. Chester County Hospital’s final beam was signed by hundreds of employees, leadership, and tradesmen.
Ballinger provided architecture and interior design services for the building, which, when completed, will feature a new main entry, procedural platform, emergency department, parking garage, green roof, and bed tower. The 250,000 SF expansion is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Pennovation Center, a groundbreaking incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania, was certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Ballinger served as structural and MEP engineer of record for the project. Working hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS, Ballinger engineers helped transform a former DuPoint paint testing facility into the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.
The design of the energy systems is high performance, but with a start-up developer’s sensibility. A rooftop Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) unit with dual energy recovery wheels delivers dehumidified neutral air (63 degrees Fahrenheit) for ventilation of wet lab, dry lab and office work space without requiring any reheat. Cooling is provided via Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) units in each space, and heating is via perimeter radiation powered by a prefabricated condensing boiler plant on the roof. According to Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP, “The system minimizes pre-investment – VRF units can be added as needed. It is also extremely flexible and able to accommodate a wide range of space uses without costly system modification or additions.” Sustainability and flexibility align with the project goal: to create an atmosphere for collaboration and creativity, with a “cool factor” to attract innovators from diverse disciplines.
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.
Ballinger’s design for the new Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility. Each year, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recognizes firms whose innovative designs have provided solutions to the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency goals of their clients.
The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories serves as an active learning and research facility for Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics departments. In addition to developing light-filled and open learning spaces that engage a tree-filled garden alongside the building, Ballinger’s design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Final Report, which called for a 51% reduction in carbon emissions. By employing numerous innovative strategies for diminishing energy consumption, including decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air, the facility achieved an over 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline and a LEED Platinum certification is anticipated.
Ballinger Principal Engineer on the project, Jonathan Friedan, LEED AP, said of the project, “I am proud to have collaborated with Brad Crowley who engineered this project, which has changed significantly the way we think about creating high-performance physical environments for learning, teaching, investigation, and collaboration.”
Brad Crowley will be accepting the award from the Society at their Annual Winter Conference January 28 – February 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. In March, the project will be the cover story of the ASHRAE Journal.
Click here for more information about the 2017 Awardees.
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