Ballinger was named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s list of 2020 MEP Giants. The annual list identifies the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States and Canada. The firms recognized by the peer-reviewed publication continuously push boundaries in engineering, providing the top engineered systems in the building industry. Balligner was recognized in the August 2020 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer and will be honored at a virtual awards event in October.
Instant Museum, a concept by Ballinger designers Philip Claghorn and Ray Lai, made the shortlist of the Archhive Books’ Portable Reading Rooms competition, representing the US on the global list. The international architecture competition invited designers to create a modular book-sharing structure to encourage reading and provide a community space for citizens of all ages.
The Instant Museum concept is a dynamic installation that aims to change the static and exclusive perception of the traditional museum. In contrast, the public is encouraged to ‘play’ with the modular structure. Throughout their concept, the designers prioritized public accessibility. The installation makes classic works of art and architectural literature available in an instant, in communities that may not have easy access to museums.
Archhive Books, the competition sponsor, is a print publication that connects architects with social issues and engagement opportunities.
Healthcare environments offer unique challenges for interior designers, with issues of durability, cleanability and code compliance impacting product selection. Ballinger senior interior designer Gina Weckel shared her go-to healthcare products in the June issue of Contract magazine.
The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch (DHK) Center, a 734,000 SF ambulatory care center designed through a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, received a 2020 Building Team Award from Building Design + Construction.
The national awards program honors building projects for their architectural excellence as well as for successful collaboration between owners, architects, engineers and contractors. A jury of 17 experts selected the DHK Center for silver recognition.
Opened in 2018 on New York City’s Upper East Side, the building was designed to provide patient and family-centered care in a healing environment.
Winners were published in the May/June issue of Building Design + Construction magazine.
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.
Senior Project Healthcare Planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC was named a winner of the HDC 10, an annual awards program organized by Healthcare Design magazine honoring contributions to the healthcare industry. She received the “Team MVP” Award for her work with Tower Health System and her role on the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care. The “Team MVP” category recognizes individuals whose contribution to team projects proved invaluable. Christina accepted the award during the Healthcare Design Forum and is recognized in a special feature article in the September 2017 issue of Healthcare Design.
The architecture/engineering firm Ballinger is proud to announce the promotion of Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP to the position of Chief Structural Engineer. Ms. Fante began at Ballinger in the year 2000 and is currently an Associate Principal and Structural Group Manager. She succeeds Ed Zinski who has served as Chief Structural Engineer for 26 years and will continue to serve at Ballinger as a quality assurance advisor.
“Angela Fante brings to the role of Chief Structural Engineer a combination of vision, unrelenting drive, and passion for our clients. She has successfully led many of Ballinger’s most significant projects over the past decade,” Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan said.
Mr. Friedan continued: “She is a superb engineer. She uses a full range of digital tools to make great design for exceptional buildings happen. She guides every step of the process from initial concepts to value engineering, to well-integrated detailing to field consulting. With a brilliant mind, worn steel-toed boots and a good heart, she makes everyone of us better. Angie is the ideal Chief Structural Engineer to succeed Ed and will continue to lead Ballinger well into the 21st century.”
Ms. Fante will lead Ballinger’s structural engineering into the realm of new analysis and modeling technologies, delivery methods, and innovative ways of revisiting traditional building solutions.
In addition to her responsibilities within the firm, Ms. Fante is currently a member of the Delaware Valley Engineers Week PR committee. In 2011, she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is licensed in 18 states, including Washington, DC.
“It is both an honor and a great responsibility to carry on the legacy of structural engineering excellence at Ballinger,” Ms. Fante said. “I’m taking the lead at a time when our team’s ability to execute and deliver both consistent and innovative results for clients is strong. This is in no small part due to Ed’s prior leadership, his disciplined process and attention to detail, and instilling in the team the notion that anything is possible in structures if we remain vigilant in adhering to basic engineering principles.”
Mr. Zinski became Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer in 1990, having previously worked as vice-president of a national structural engineering consulting firm. During his tenure, Ed has led the advancement of the Quality Assurance / Quality Control (“QA/QC”) program across all disciplines throughout the firm, enhancing Ballinger’s reputation as one of the leading design firms in the country. Ed earned his Bachelors of Architectural Engineering from Penn State and Masters in Engineering from University of South Florida.
In recent years, Ballinger’s structural project engineering has been the recipient of the prestigious “Presidential Award of Excellence” from the American Institute of Steel Construction, as well as many other project awards from the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Architects, Engineering News Record, the Concrete Foundation Association, and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers.
Ballinger’s History of Chief Structural Engineers
Ballinger traces its founding to 1878, making it one of the first architecture/engineering firms in the United States. Excellence in structural engineering has a long tradition at Ballinger with a distinguished lineage of Chief Structural Engineers over the past 65 years including:
- Angela Fante; 2016 –
- Edward Zinski; 1990 – 2016
- Felix “Phil” DiNicolantonio
- Walter Bruhns
- John DeMoll
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was awarded the 2016 Twenty-five Year Award by the AIA. This award, recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, is conferred on a project that has stood the test of time for 30+ years to date. The aquarium opened in 1984 and continues to be one of California’s most-visited tourist attractions. The aquarium is located directly on Monterey Bay, where seawater, airborne salts, and the marine environment, both internally and externally, take a significant toll on the facility’s infrastructure. Key to the Aquarium’s durability has been a commitment to ongoing investment in infrastructure renewal. Every 5 years since 1999, Ballinger has sent an expert team to comprehensively assess every aspect of the facility – from the roofs and concrete decks to the huge seawater tank exhibits to the life support systems infrastructure. Working closely with the Aquarium’s planning and physical plant staff, a comprehensive 5-year renewal spending plan results. Ballinger is very proud of our role in helping the Monterey Bay Aquarium fulfill its ever evolving mission to protect our marine environment.
The AIA jury called the project “a brilliant, gritty adaptive reuse, and still at the forefront of interactive museum space.”
Ballinger joined the design industry’s best and brightest last night to celebrate Interior Design’s 10th annual Best of Year Awards, held at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York.
The Science and Engineering Hall at George Washington University received an Honor Award in the Education category. The design of the building creates a new paradigm for inter- and multi-disciplinary research and learning, providing research and instructional labs, office space, team rooms and dedicated interaction space. A neutral palette is accented with bursts of color to energize the space and assist in wayfinding. A continuous flow of materials – terrazzo, granite, concrete and maple – from the common spaces into the teaching and research spaces creates a gradual transition and highlights the building’s mission: groundbreaking science.
George Washington University’s Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) was awarded LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). At the start of schematic design GW challenged Ballinger to design SEH without multiplying the University’s carbon footprint. The resulting design is an academic building that is unparalleled at GW in scope and function, as well as eco-friendly. The building’s sustainable strategies were an interdisciplinary collaboration between Ballinger’s architecture and engineering studios. Sustainable strategies include:
Power from a Co-Generation System
The project sponsored the creation of and receives its power from a new co-generation power system that will reduce the building’s carbon footprint by more than half, saving 8,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Enthalpy Wheels are incorporated into all air handling units for the building. This technology recycles the once wasted energy from the exhausted air of the building in order to heat or cool incoming air, reducing energy needs. The savings are expected to pay for the system in less than three years.
Chilled Beams, suspended from the ceiling, are utilized throughout the project and use water to cool the air more efficiently than a conventional air-conditioning system.
Vegetation covers more than 10,000 SF of the roof, keeping the building cool by absorbing heat from the sun while also reducing rainwater runoff. The remaining upper roof area is a light-colored, high albedo roof to further maximize heat reflectance. Rain from the roof areas drains into a 42,000-gallon cistern where it is filtered and then used to flush toilets, saving roughly 850,000 gallons of water per year.
Engineering News-Record (ENR) announced the winning entries for the ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects of 2015. Ballinger’s Science and Engineering Hall at George Washington University received the Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category.
The 750,000 SF Science and Engineering Hall is the focal point of GW’s rapidly expanding research emphasis, and was designed to transform the university’s capabilities and reputation in key areas of academic pursuit. The building brings together research and teaching spaces previously spread across a dozen buildings, and nearly doubles the space on campus available to a variety of science and engineering programs.
The ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects competition recognizes the year’s top projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
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.
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.
Ballinger is pleased to be recognized in this year’s Building Design and Construction Giants 300 Report for Top Architecture/Engineering Firms. In addition to the firm’s overall ranking (#32), Ballinger ranked #26 in the Top BIM Architecture Firms category, #22 in the Top University Sector Architecture Firms category and #23 in the Top Healthcare Sector Architecture Firms category.
Each year, ARCHITECT magazine conducts an in-depth survey to produce a qualitative ranking of the top 50 architecture firms across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. Based on factors such as net revenue per employee, profits invested in research, and energy efficient metrics in conjunction with the AIA 2030 challenge, Ballinger was ranked #39 overall. Ballinger’s commitment to sustainable design was recognized with a rank of 25 in the sustainability category.
Design Principal Craig Spangler, AIA was named the 2012 Kea Distinguished Professorship at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Kea Professors, eminent of practitioners and scholars in the field of architecture, serve as critics and lecturers for the architecture program. Craig, an alumnus of the University of Maryland, was selected for his unique design solutions that address the rapidly changing nature of university campuses.
R&D Magazine has bestowed this year’s annual Lab of the Year award upon the Ballinger-designed Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. This prestigious awards program is an international competition recognizing excellence in laboratory design. Situated at the heart of the University of Wisonsin-Madison campus, this unique 330,000 SF biomedical research facility is home to twin institutes, the private, nonprofit Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To engage both the local and campus community with the science happening in the building, an unusually large part of the program is dedicated to public activity. A ground floor Town Center serves as a civic science place and a living room for the surrounding science and engineering campus quadrant. The secure research floors located above the public realm embrace the concepts of transparency and openness to promote interaction, collaboration and discovery within the lab environment.