Ballinger Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC moderated a panel discussion organized by AIA Philadelphia and SMPS Philadelphia. Panelists Diana Henkel, Assistant Director of Infrastructure at NYU Langone Health; Kelly Miller, Architect and Project Manager at RWJBarnabas Health; and Suzanne Morris, Director of Construction Management at Nemours Children’s Health System discussed topics driving facilities decision-making.
Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, ACHA, ACHE and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP were invited to speak at the spring 2021 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The series, “Design & Construction of Health and Healthcare Facilities in the Context of Continuum of Care,” is hosted by the College of Architecture and the Health Science Center School of Public Health.
The presentation, to be broadcast on Zoom Friday, April 9 at 12 noon, includes case studies of heart and cancer centers, ranging from New York City to the Great Plains. Louis and Erin will also participate in a virtual critique of student work, furthering the exchange of ideas between academia and practice.
Experts from Ballinger, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and IPS gave a presentation at the ISPE 2020 Facilities of the Future Conference. Their talk “Manufacturing Cell and Gene Therapies within the Academic Medical Center Environment” explored the road to a fully validated drug development facility and how architecture and engineering can support the translational research continuum from bench to bedside.
Ballinger Principal Dennis Potter, PE, LEED AP joined Johannes van der Loo, PhD of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Anthony Relvas of IPS to share a case study of a new 15,000 SF cGMP facility on CHOP’s West Philadelphia campus. The presentation covered early planning stages through design, construction, commissioning and qualification, with a focus on how a fully integrated team developed a space that is helping to realize the enormous promise of gene transfer therapy to address unmet medical needs.
The mission of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is to connect pharmaceutical knowledge to deliver manufacturing and supply chain innovation, operational excellence and regulatory insights. Their annual Facilities of the Future Conference, held this year in San Francisco, brings together professionals involved in all facets of the pharmaceutical manufacturing lifecycle.
Ballinger participated in the Fall 2019 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series, hosted by the Texas A&M University College of Architecture and the University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health and College of Medicine.
Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, along with Peter D. Trice, Partner at The Innova Group and Douglas Carney, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Construction at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), presented “Challenges and Opportunities of Designing in a Urban Environment, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, New Patient Tower Project.” The televised presentation described the planning and design of a new patient tower on CHOP’s campus.
The virtual, multi-part Best of Year Awards ceremony was a part of “Best of Design 2020,” a virtual festival honoring this year’s design highlights and outstanding achievements.
Healthcare buildings of today must be flexible in order to remain relevant tomorrow. How can we design buildings that remain malleable in the face of uncertainty? Ballinger Senior Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr, FAIA, ACHA, ACHE and Principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP will address these concerns at the New York Health Design Insights Networking Event on September 26. The talk, “The Big Five: Healthcare Planning and Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future,” will focus on the impact of floor to floor heights, column spacing, fixed vertical elements, targeted zones of flexibility, and resiliency on a healthcare facility’s future adaptability.
On display at this year’s European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition, Ballinger presented an infographic poster analyzing the current state of population health in the United States and a case study of the Ballinger-designed 88,000 SF green roof at Tower Health System as a solution to space limitations and strategy to improve the patient experience.
Well-trained and effective clinical staff are in high demand around the world. In the United States, primary care physicians are out-numbered 3:1 by specialists, leaving the neediest populations in remote areas without physicians to address chronic and primary care. Staff at large institutions are increasingly asked to see patients in multiple locations across a number of campuses, stretching their time and resources.
Telemedicine presents an unprecedented opportunity to extend the reach of existing staff into rural and remote locations and prolong the careers of experienced nurses and physicians by reducing the physical demands of providing care. In their presentation to the European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition on June 11, “Telemedicine and the Future of Disruption”, Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Senior Project Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC explored the increasing implementation of telehealth technologies and ways in which space planning can evolve to support these changes.
The topic was in keeping with the theme of the 4th annual conference, “Utopia or dystopia? Visioning the future for health” focused on the effects of environmental changes and technological advancement on modern healthcare systems and how institutions and designers can adjust to take advantage of advances such as AI, remote and algorithmic diagnosis, nanotechnology, and virtual reality. Held in London, this year’s event was organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange and hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.
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.
At the PDC Summit 2016 in San Diego, CA, Ballinger’s Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., along with healthcare planners’ Christina Grimes & Debbie Phillips, and Chester County Hospital’s Director of Medical Services Cathy Weidman presented a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital’s new 24-bed Lasko Tower. Although the primary goal was to gather insights for another bed tower in design, it also offered an opportunity to compare patient satisfaction and operational performance against an existing 20 bed unit, the West Building (built in 1962 and renovated in 1998).
The most significant changes between the existing unit and the new unit included a much larger floor area and a racetrack organization of patient beds rather than a single corridor. In addition, the new Lasko Tower’s design includes decentralized care stations between every 2 patient rooms and more locations for staff charting. The analysis reviewed multiple items including:
- Patient satisfaction with the new room and other amenities,
- Staff operations relative to charting and patient care, and
- Housekeeping operations relative to material selection and ongoing maintenance.
Because both units had private patient rooms, there was a more direct comparison between fall rates, HCAHPS scores (noise & cleanliness), and rates of hospital acquired infections (HAI). Since the move, the hospital has seen significant improvements in all categories.
The study assigned a cost/benefit metric to key design considerations including private rooms, decentralized care stations, supply locations, and family amenities. The study also included a Proximity Index charting the travel distances between staff care stations, patient rooms and supplies. Insights gained will directly inform plans for the future 96-room patient bed tower design scheduled to be built in 2018.
Data collection method: 117 staff and 50 patient survey responses, onsite observation and onsite interviews with staff (December 2015).
The Ballinger presentation at the PDC Summit 2016 utilized live polling software to gauge the audience’s perspectives on several healthcare design topics. When asked the question “Which intervention had the Highest Impact for the Least Cost?” the audience made up of architects /engineers and healthcare staff responded: 70% Decentralized Station; 18% Noise Reducing Measures; 9% Décor + Material; 3% Size of the Patient Room.