Ballinger Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP was a guest on the Structural Engineering Channel, a podcast from the Engineering Management Institute. Co-hosts Mathew Picardal, PE and Alexis Clark, PE interviewed Angie about the structural engineering walking tour of St. Louis she recently developed with support from the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). Angie researched and recorded the tour as a way to highlight and explain notable engineering achievements.
Ballinger’s Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP will be presenting today at the Structural Engineering Equity and Engagement Symposium in Anaheim, CA. The event, as part of the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit from November 12 to 15, is hosted annually by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and entails a variety of events including high-quality educational talks, industry exhibitors, and peer networking to advance the industry.
Angela’s will be joining the 2019 summit as a SE3 Committee Member and will be presenting on Performance Reviews and Feedback specifically. Her talk will focus on the necessity of feedback and the importance of always advocating for oneself in a performance review cycle. As an experienced structural engineer and leader in the field, Angela brings extensive insight on the industry and will engage the summit audience to be able to bring actionable knowledge back to their own practices.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) held a groundbreaking celebration today for a new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, PA. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF facility, which will significantly expand the services and offerings of CHOP’s current King of Prussia campus. During her remarks, CHOP President and CEO, Madeline Bell, described how the new location will provide convenient access to the highest quality hospital services available.
This new 6-story, 52-room inpatient facility will be the first standalone hospital in the CHOP network not located on the main Philadelphia campus. The facility was specifically designed to offer modern innovation while creating a family-friendly environment. Design features such as open and bright waiting areas, playrooms, ample parking, sun-filled spaces, child life services, and a concierge-like welcome experience bring this intent to life.
As of October 1st, Ballinger associate principal Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP is Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE SEI). The national role entails collaborating with the president and board of governors of the Institute to elevate the role of the structural engineer – not just in practice, but in society as a whole.
Energized by the SEI president’s vision, Angie will address issues that relate to the public image of professional structural engineers and will work to encourage structural engineers to take their rightful place in today’s world through their ability to solve problems, lead, and innovate.
Ballinger Associate Principal and Chief Structural Engineer, Angela M. Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, co-presented a talk titled “Thinking Big: Structuring the Future of URI Engineering” with David Odeh of Odeh Engineers. The presentation was given at the monthly meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Rhode Island Section. Ballinger and Odeh are collaborating on the structural engineering of the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering. The presentation focused on the unique structural design challenges associated with the design of the building. Topics included the high capacity pile foundation system, lateral force resisting system, and the exposed-to-view steel trusses and connection detailing.
As partners on the project, Angie and David discussed the collaboration between OEI and Ballinger structural engineers and the importance of communication between the design team, construction manager, steel fabricator, and special inspectors on site.
Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP, wrote the cover story for this month’s Modern Steel Construction, published by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The article, “Centered on Innovation,” describes how Ballinger engineers brought to life the vision of design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS. The building’s most striking feature is the dramatic ‘faceted façade’ at the north elevation, which had an immensely complex effect on the existing building frame.
Ballinger’s work on the Pennovation Center was recognized by the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) at its annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Ceremony May 18. The project received the award for Outstanding Structural Engineering Project in the category of Buildings $10M to $30M.
The event was held at the National Museum of American Jewish History and included presentations by Andrew Blasetti of Thornton Tomasetti and John S. Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust.
The Pennovation Center is a 62,000 SF incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster start-ups. Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility.
The design called for a glass addition “bursting” through the north elevation of the existing building. To make the design a reality Ballinger developed a highly complex framing system, with the requirement that the same thickness of existing horizontal banding created by the perimeter concrete-encased steel floor beams be carried northward into the “bursting” north addition. No beams deeper than 10″ depth were permitted to structure the entire north addition, which was to appear to cantilever 32′ at its longest point.
The resulting building is now the centerpiece of Pennovation Works, Penn’s innovation district.
The 62,000 SF Pennovation Center is an incubator space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster tech start-ups. Ballinger engineers worked hand-in-hand with design architect HWKN and architect-of-record KSS Architects to transform a former DuPont paint testing facility into a flexible laboratory and co-working office space. Building operations and tenant occupancy started in Fall 2016 with positive reviews from the design and engineering community and the building’s occupants.
We caught up with Ballinger’s Chief Structural Engineer, Angela Fante, PE, SECB, LEED AP.
One of the building’s most striking features is the dramatic faceted glass outcrop. Can you tell us about what went in to engineering that?
ANGELA FANTE: Through collaboration with the architect and University, we were able to meet an incredibly complex structural challenge with an elegant solution. The addition of the north elevation ‘faceted façade’ had an immensely complex effect on the existing building frame.
It is not structured with cantilevers, a misnomer many are giving the north extension’s structure.
If not a cantilever, what is it?
AF: Because the architectural design required maintaining the same horizontal banding depth across the existing to new addition interface, there wasn’t enough depth to accommodate the structure needed to cantilever the addition. Instead, we broke the north elevation into seven individual existing column frame elevations. From there, we designed new diagonal ‘column props’ and horizontal floor strut/tie beams, which impose either a horizontal tension or compression on the existing frame, at different levels throughout the geometry of the façade.
The effect on the frame was a series of ‘pushes and pulls’ on the existing building structure, none of which it was originally designed for when it was constructed in 1954. (In that era, engineers barely considered wind and earthquake loading).
How are those “pushes and pulls” supported by the existing building frame?
AF: Although the appearance of the geometry of the addition looks complex, the interface between the new and existing building boils down to 28 unique connection points (seven existing grid lines x four floor levels), each custom-detailed to develop and complete the load path from the new to the existing frame. Once the tension or compression at each of the 28 nodes transfers to the existing north column line, the ‘dots’ of the load path are connected back through the structure down to the foundation. New horizontal bracing in the plane of the floors was inserted within the existing building where required to transfer the horizontal force through the respective floor levels and then into the three vertical braced frame lines. The vertical braced frames are strategically hidden within the exterior walls or exposed to view in the co-working areas, as part of the raw, industrial aesthetic.
At the base of the braced frames, the accumulated collection of these load terminates in two-foot thick x 22’-long x full basement story height walls, ballasting the new structure against uplift and preventing the structure from lifting out of the ground.
It was like designing for the weight of 50 elephants pulling on the north face of the building.
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