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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.

Ballinger’s Mike Radio Named Virtual Environment Global User of the Year

Ballinger Associate Principal Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C was named 2020 Virtual Environment (VE) Global User of the Year. Launched this year by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), the competition recognizes innovative use of VE technology.

In his role as Ballinger’s lead energy analyst Mike has employed the IES VE suite to elevate the quality, speed and precision of energy and system load modeling for healthcare and academic clients throughout the country. He uses it to rapidly generate comprehensive scenario and architectural design variation analyses beginning at the earliest stages of planning. He integrates that data with analyses of multiple site infrastructure/central plant options, giving owners the most comprehensive set of data possible upon which to make key capital spending decisions. 

IES Vice President Liam Buckley praised “the analytical range of Mike’s submission. From simple curtainwall assessments, to sizing chilled beams and onto integrating on-site cogeneration with central plants, all coupled with the IESVE VistaPro graphics, demonstrated the highest level of performance modeling excellence. A well-deserved winner.”

As global winner, Mike received a $1,000 prize which he’s donating to the ASHRAE Philadelphia Debra H. Kennoy Scholarship Fund, a fund he helped establish, intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering.  

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Ballinger engineers recognized by ASHRAE

Ballinger engineers were recognized for their commitment to ASHRAE’s mission at the ASHRAE Region III Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Ballinger senior associate and 2018-2019 ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter President, Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, received the Presidential Award of Excellence. It is awarded for significant improvement in membership, attendance, research promotion, education, chapter programs and technology. Ballinger mechanical engineer Anthony Scaccia, PE won the “Majority Whip” Award for his work as the Grassroots Government Affairs Chair. As Chair, Anthony established and maintained relationships with state, local, and municipal officials with responsibilities related to energy policy.

The Philadelphia Chapter, led by Chapter President Michael Radio and Sustainability Committee Chair Anthony Scaccia, received the Region III Sustainability Award.  This award is given to the chapter most effective during the 2018-2019 period in supporting ASHRAE’s mission to promote a sustainable world.

With more than 57,000 members from over 130 countries, ASHRAE is the leading industry organization representing building system design. Region III includes Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Lehigh Valley, Roanoke and Anthracite chapters. The Chapters’ Regional Conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia August 15-17.

Ballinger engineer brings fresh ideas to professional industry group

Ballinger senior associate Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP served as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter for the 2018-2019 term. As president, he increased meeting attendance by 75% by introducing new programming, and varying monthly meeting times and locations. Citing ASHRAE members’ focus on work-life balance, he introduced lunchtime instead of dinnertime meetings. Meeting topics centered around big-picture technology innovations and data usage trends that are revolutionizing the field and he invited a variety of professionals to present, including Dr. Stephanie Taylor, a former physician scientist who consults on safety in healthcare environments, and Gary Fechter, General Manager at UGI Performance Solutions.

Reflecting on the end of his term as president, Mike described his family’s reaction when he told them he would pursue MEP engineering. “When I graduated from Drexel University and decided to enter the MEP consulting field, my mom looked outside at the air conditioning unit and said, ‘That’s what you’re going to be doing for a living?’  I laughed, and explained that the HVAC field is so much more than that. I’m proud that my work as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia chapter has advanced understanding of our field.”

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. Members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Several Ballinger staff members serve on the board of governors and ASHRAE Philadelphia committees.

SCUP members tour Ballinger-designed Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at UMBC

Ballinger co-led a tour of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Located in the center of campus, the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ISBL) will be a shared hub for research and teaching and home to multi-disciplinary instructional laboratories. Ballinger provided architectural and engineering services for the 130,000 SF building, which is scheduled to open in summer 2019.

The tour was led by UMCB, Ballinger and Whiting Turner. Tour guides from UMBC included Project Manager Tom Argasinski, Director and University Architect Joe Rexing, and Associate Director for Quality Management Larry Hennessey. Ballinger was represented by Project Designer Steve Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP, Project Director Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect Edward Strockbine, RA, LEED AP and Project Engineer Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP. Whiting-Turner tour guides included Senior Project Manager Andrew Light, Project Manager Stephen Chesko and Senior Superintendent Eric Gresham.

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’s Michael Radio leads formation of scholarship fund

As current president of the Philadelphia chapter of ASHRAE, Ballinger senior associate Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP led the formation of a scholarship fund intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering. The ASHRAE Philadelphia Debra H. Kennoy Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a full time student in the Philadelphia area interested in a profession in the heating, refrigerating and air conditioning industry. “Debra’s work in the refrigeration market was transformational in fighting global warming.  We are honored that ASHRAE Philadelphia can help fulfill her desire to promote engineering careers among women,” said Michael.

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. Members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Several Ballinger staff members serve on the board of governors and ASHRAE Philadelphia committees.