Articles Tagged with: Louis Meilink, Jr.

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Kicks Off Expansion with Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday, marking the start of a 250,000 SF expansion project. Ballinger has worked with the hospital since 1996, providing architectural and engineering services to support the hospital’s growth.

The expansion to their West Chester, PA campus was designed by Ballinger, and was inspired by the Mediterranean heritage of the hospital’s original 1920’s building. New glass elements and courtyards will compliment the white stucco and tile roofs of the existing campus. The ambitious project includes modern surgical suites and Cath/EP labs, new emergency rooms, more patient care areas and a spacious front entrance.

“This construction project is the largest ever for the hospital and propels it into the vanguard of 21st century health care,” said Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE.

Ballinger Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and Associate Principal Tom Parr, AIA joined hospital leadership to mark the landmark day in the hospital’s 125-year history. Since opening their doors in 1892 as a ten-bed dispensary, Chester County has expanded into a 243-bed inpatient complex with five satellite locations.


See also Ballinger’s Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County.

Japanese Delegation Tours Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and Visits Ballinger Office

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.

Ballinger Applies 3D Printing Technology as a Hands-On Tool for Streamlining Healthcare Design

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.

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.

People photographing models

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.

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute Featured in Architectural Design Showcase

Each quarter, the Advisory Board Company showcases the innovative work of their Facility Planning Forum members’ in front of 100,000 executives through their Daily Briefing: Architectural Design Showcase.

Last quarter’s edition featured cancer centers. The award-winning Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health: Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute was featured among 22 other cancer centers.

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Reading Hospital 7th Avenue Building Drone Footage

Focused on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus, the design of Reading Hospital’s new 465,000 SF 7th Avenue building turns the site and program challenges into opportunities for connectivity, enhanced green space and advanced medical care. Fully 72% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof and part of a two-acre public garden. The change in grade of the sloping site provides a perfect opportunity to integrate the lower levels of the building with the topography. The large footprint – 110,000 SF dedicated to surgical services – is partially contained beneath the vast network of green spaces accessible to patients, visitors and staff. A patient tower rises from this landscaped plinth and connects to existing adjacent buildings to complete a major public circulation axis extending across the campus. The new facility maximizes daylighting and takes advantage of views of the neighboring public gardens and art museum.

in::sync media recently completed the fly around of the new building under construction.

NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Wins Adaptive Reuse Award

Ballinger’s design for the NYU Langone Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) won a Healthcare Facilities Symposium Distinction Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse.

NYU Langone Ambulatory Care_Nurse Station

The project transformed an inward-focused 50-year-old Verizon telecommunications office building into a vibrant new center for outpatient care. The 15 floors acquired by NYU Langone of the 24-story building have been fully renovated for outpatient use, and are served by modernized and expanded building infrastructure located on three common equipment floors. Constructed in 1966-67, the original building had minimal public presence, and public access to the existing privately-owned public space at the ground floor had been discontinued. The renovation of the ground floor and adjacent north and south plazas created an open and welcoming arrival sequence. Off-street vehicular queuing at the north is now visually connected to interior lobby waiting and amenity areas. The lobby and café look out to reimagined outdoor public space at the south.

In addition to the economic and environmental benefits of adaptive reuse, Ballinger’s design consolidated different parts of the outpatient programs into a single location. By improving patient access and creating a cohesive image, the project elevates NYU Langone’s brand identity.

The Healthcare Facilities Symposium was established in 1987 as a forum exploring how the design of the physical environment can positively affect healing and promote well-being. The annual awards program recognizes design teams and projects that have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.

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

Ballinger Supports the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation

Ballinger Principal Louis Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Associate Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED BD+C attended the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation’s 2015 Founders Ball.

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

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Ballinger’s Design for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center Featured in SNAP

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center, designed by Ballinger, is the subject of a case study in SNAP, a bi-monthly publication covering new building products and trends for architects and building designers.

In it Ballinger Principal Eric W. Swanson, AIA describes the design aspiration to “change how people felt about cancer care by setting a different tone.” Focused on regeneration and reconnection to living systems, the two-story building extends on a radial grid from a courtyard healing garden. Glazed skins and multiple points of access provide a continuous dialogue between interior and exterior, creating a visually open and calming environment for patients.

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