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Ballinger presents at COAA Spring Leadership Conference

Ballinger Associate Principal Steve Wittry, AIA will present at the Construction Owners Association of America’s Spring Owners Leadership Conference on May 8, alongside Terry Cook,  Senior Associate VP for Administrative Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), John Zahor, Director of Operations + Maintenance at UMBC, and Charles KonKolics, Project Executive and Vice President at Whiting-Turner.

The presentation, “Quality: You Can’t Afford NOT to Do This” will focus on quality assurance and quality control best practices from project inception to completion. The presentation draws on lessons from UMBC’s new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, scheduled to open this year.


University of Maryland A. James Clark Hall Dedication

Ballinger attended the dedication for  A. James Clark Hall, a transformative bioengineering hub at the University of Maryland, College Park. The 184,000 SF building was designed by Ballinger to facilitate world class research and support Maryland’s growing population of engineering students. It will serve as a home for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices and shared instructional space for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. This unique integration of education, discovery and entrepreneurship enhances the student experience and facilitates the translation of research from the lab to the marketplace.

In addition to a tour for media, the dedication program included remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; Wallace D. Loh, President of the University of Maryland;  Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Maryland Senate President;  Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates; Courtney Clark Pastrick, Board Chair of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; and Darryll Pines, Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

The Ballinger architects, engineers and designers who led the project and were in attendance at the ceremony included: Principal-in-Charge William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Design Principal Craig S. Spangler, AIA; Engineering Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE; Project Manager Steve Wittry, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA and Nicholas Hollot, AIA.  “The building is a very unique campus place that we hope will inspire excellence in engineering learning, discovery and entrepreneurship for many generations to come,” said Spangler.

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

Left to right: Steve Wittry, AIA; Nicholas Hollot, AIA; Ben Patane, AIA; William R. Gustafson, FAIA; Arshad Mughal, University of Maryland Associate Director of Capital Budgeting; Daniel Pierce, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Design and Construction; Craig S. Spangler, AIA

GW Science and Engineering Hall Achieves LEED Gold

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
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
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.

Green Roof
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.

GW Science and Engineering Hall Among ENR’s Best Projects of 2015

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.

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

A World of Research Under One Roof

The opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall is the cover story of the Winter 2015 edition of GW Magazine. “It’s an impressive building in an impressive location,” says Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor at GW’s School for Engineering and Applied Science.

Chemistry professor Susan Gillmor described the experience of students working in the new building, “Instead of this being a drag that you have to go to lab for four hours, you are going into a lab that inspires you, a lab where you want to learn.”

Completed in 2014, Science and Engineering Hall is the largest academic building of its kind in Washington, DC and the first new major laboratory building on the campus in over 50 years.

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The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery named 2012 Lab of the Year

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.

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