Articles Tagged with: sustainability

Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Certified LEED Gold

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently achieved a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The ILSB provides new opportunities for integrating research, teaching, and learning across departments and colleges in support of the university’s mission of student success and expanding research in areas of strategic importance. Seamless integration of energy-saving features with the architecture of the building separates the ILSB from traditional high-performance buildings. The orientation of the building’s glass façades, chilled beams, a green roof, stormwater management, and an innovative “air share” system that reduces energy consumption all contribute to the building’s sustainability.

With over 40% in projected energy savings as compared to a baseline building, this ILSB demonstrates the university’s commitment to sustainability. The building reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1,255 metric tons per year and decreases water use by 35%. Beyond the positive environmental impact of the facility, the annual energy cost savings of the ILSB, compared to a baseline building, is nearly $300,000.

Interior of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interior of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

State of New Jersey Taxation Building Achieves LEED Gold

The State of New Jersey Taxation Building was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Ballinger provided architecture and MEP/structural engineering services for the 210,000 SF office building located in Trenton, New Jersey.

The building received several perfect scores on categories evaluated in the LEED Scorecard, including Sensitive Land Protection, Light Pollution Reduction, Low-Emitting Materials, and Innovation.

The 8-story Taxation Building is located near the Delaware River waterfront and was designed to welcome visitors and state workers closer to Trenton’s downtown commercial corridor.

New Jersey Economic Development Agency | State of New Jersey Taxation Building illuminated at dusk.
New Jersey Economic Development Agency | State of New Jersey Taxation Building and the Delaware River.

Architects Declare

Ballinger is among over 300 architecture firms to declare a climate, justice, and biodiversity emergency. Environmental stewardship and energy utilization have always been fundamental to our firm and culture. As signatories, we reaffirm those values.

We’re proud to join Architects Declare in committing to:
• Raising awareness of climate and biodiversity emergencies
• Addressing the disproportionate impact of these crises on disadvantaged communities
• Including life cycle costing, whole-life carbon modeling, and post-occupancy evaluation in our work
• Upgrading existing buildings for extended use
• Advocating for detailed disclosure of material provenance and environmental impact
• Investing in research and technology
• Viewing climate change mitigation, biodiversity protection, and positive social impact as measures of success

Kraus Building Awarded LEED Gold

Ballinger’s Kraus Building Renovation project at the University of Michigan was recently certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Excerpted from the University of Michigan:

The School of Kinesiology Building renovation and addition project has earned LEED Gold building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of sustainability efforts.

The building, originally constructed in 1915 and formerly called the Edward Henry Kraus Building, includes research labs, a vivarium, classrooms, faculty offices and common space.

The renovation and addition include a number of features that will lead to a predicted energy cost savings of 41 percent, as compared with a code-compliant building per 2007 guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Energy-saving facets include:

  • New, well-insulated windows and doors at all exterior locations to provide improved thermal performance. The replacement assemblies have been tested in place to ensure minimal air infiltration.
  • A skylight in a new atrium area to bring natural light deep into the building. Advanced lighting controls, such as daylight dimming, also conserve energy.
  • LED lighting with occupancy sensors throughout the building. Historic fixtures at entrances were retrofitted with LED lamps.

The building also features low-flow plumbing fixtures and automatic sensor faucets, which are predicted to reduce water use by 34 percent compared to Michigan Plumbing Code standards. It also boasts close proximity to basic services and bus transportation.

The project included a 62,700-square-foot infill addition, featuring a three-story atrium and the aforementioned skylight. The addition enclosed the building’s courtyard, thereby reducing the climate cost of using new building materials.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It recognizes sustainability efforts to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings on one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The School of Kinesiology Building renovation and addition earned 62 points from the U.S. Green Business Council, out of 110 possible.

Since 2005, when U-M first received “green building” certifications, 18 projects have earned LEED designations. All new U-M buildings and additions with an estimated construction budget greater than $10 million are required to achieve at least LEED Silver certification.

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Penn Stemmler Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Stemmler Hall at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and lab planning services for this transformative renovation in the heart of campus. An important ambition of the project was to help fulfill the aspirations of Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan.

Ballinger designed a neutral air chilled beam system with dual heat recovery wheels coupled with demand-controlled ventilation. Calculations project a 50% reduction in energy use and significant annual cost savings. Efficient floorplans enable program and research flexibility, resulting in an open and adaptable 21st century magnet facility with 50% more workstations.

In 2019 Green Building United, Philadelphia’s chapter of the USGBC, recognized the project as a finalist for its Groundbreaker Award program.

David H. Koch Center Achieves LEED Gold

The NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center was recently certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It’s the first project in New York City to earn certification and the first in the state to achieve LEED Gold under the more stringent LEED Healthcare rating system.

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The 734,000 GSF state-of-the-art ambulatory facility was designed via a collaboration between Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, with Syska Hennessy Group as MEP engineer. Centered around providing a seamless patient-care experience from beginning to end, the facility is also designed for operational efficiency, future flexibility and sustainability.

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Sustainable strategies include a high-performance building skin, high-efficiency mechanical systems and a green roof covering 30% of the surface. Systems are designed to decrease energy use by 18.7% and water usage by 30%. The distinctive façade consists of triple paned insulated glazing with slatted wood screens, which reduces solar glare, building heat gain, and the need for solar and privacy shading.

Ballinger to Lead Tour of Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger and IMC Construction will conduct a guided tour of Penn Medicine Radnor, organized by AIA Philadelphia’s
Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) committee.

Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger’s Eric Swanson, Christina Grimes and Jason Cole will walk attendees through the new 250,000 SF outpatient facility, scheduled to open later this year. The design prioritizes wellness and sustainability: the building and its attached 1000-car garage wrap around a courtyard garden, bringing natural light and calming views to patients, families, and staff inside.

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The tour will be held today, Friday, February 21, from 4-5pm.

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Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design

Ballinger is proud to be participating in this year’s Forum on Architecture + Design, AIA Philadelphia’s regional education conference. The event will be held October 2-4 at Philadelphia’s Convene at 30 South 17th Street, and will include keynote and break-out sessions as well as networking opportunities. Ballinger creators will present at three sessions, covering diverse topics spanning modern approaches to sustainability, the evolution of science building design, and the “secret” to winning national AIA awards.

Ballinger Senior Project Architect David Hincher, AIA, LEED BD+C, along with peers, will present “The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit: Closing the Information Gap” on Thursday, October 3. The panel will discuss the Toolkit, a new design tool created to help make all types of projects more sustainable. The goal of the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Toolkit is to demonstrate how sustainability is a practice that can and should be enacted in all kinds of projects, regardless of scale or intensity.

“Secrets of Success: Stories of our recent AIA National Award Winners” will be presented by Ballinger Senior Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and retired architect Christopher Gray, along with colleagues from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and ISA on Friday, October 4. Moderated by Maureen A. Ward, AIA, Senior Director of Facilities Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, the discussion will analyze recent successful award submissions and outline the “secrets of their success.”

“20 Years of Design Evolution: Exceptional science teaching and research buildings on college campuses and in dense urban areas from 1999 to 2019” will be presented by Ballinger Principal Rob Voss, AIA, LEED AP, Architect Alexa Hansford, RA, and Ajay Prasad, PE of Jensen Hughes on Friday, October 4. The presentation will include an analysis of science building designs, codes, and trends that lead to successful discovery and learning.

Stemmler Hall named Groundbreaker Award finalist

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stemmler Hall was named a Green Building United 2019 Groundbreaker Award project finalist. The Groundbreaker Awards recognize and celebrate green building leadership, innovation, and impact in the Philadelphia area.

Ballinger worked with Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine to transform the 230,000 SF Stemmler Hall, a 1970s era biomedical research and teaching facility in the heart of the campus. Ballinger designed  infrastructure to maximize energy performance and floorplans that enable program and research flexibility. The outcome is an open, flexible 21st century magnet facility.

Winners will be announced at the Groundbreaker Awards Ceremony on September 25th at the Comcast Technology Center. Green Building United promotes the development of buildings that are sustainable, healthy for inhabitants, resilient, and cost effective. Through education, advocacy, and strategic initiatives, Green Building United’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated.

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building at Berea College Awarded LEED Gold

Natual & Health Sciences Building The recently completed Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building (MAC) at Berea College was awarded LEED Gold certification and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification. Ballinger served as architect and engineer for the highly-visible 125,000 SF new building, designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of science and health.

Energy consumption in a laboratory is driven by outdoor air requirements, the heating and cooling to condition this air, and high internal heat gains from laboratory equipment. Ballinger designed sustainable systems within MAC to mitigate the energy impact of these drivers. Enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels deliver neutral temperature ventilation air. The design decouples ventilation requirements from heating and cooling demands. Active chilled beams provide sensible cooling throughout the building.

The project also received the Forest Stewardship Council’s Full Project Certification. This certification requires a full audit of all wood products used in construction and verification that they were sourced with ecological responsibility. Low-tech horse-logging techniques were used to sustainably harvest timber from ash trees at risk by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Once the timber was milled, Berea College Woodcraft students designed and constructed the native-ash panels that now sheathe the building’s atrium. Berea is now home to five of eight FSC certified projects in the US and one of only 85 worldwide.

Ballinger leads ASHRAE Government Outreach Day

Ballinger design engineer Anthony Scaccia organized and led a “Day on the Hill” in New Jersey to raise awareness about sustainability. Members of ASHRAE New Jersey, Philadelphia and Long Island spoke to senators, assembly-persons, and their staff about ASHRAE building codes, services and the group’s core mission of promoting a sustainable world. Anthony is Government Affairs Committee Chair of ASHRAE Philadelphia. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society with the aim of advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.

Design for Penn’s “Evans Building Centennial Renaissance” Achieves LEED Gold

In May 2018, the University of Pennsylvania’s recently renovated Evans Building was awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is home to Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and the Leon Levy Dental Medicine Library.

Anticipating the structure’s 100th anniversary in 2015, Penn commissioned Ballinger to program, plan, and redesign the historic building for their “Evans Building Centennial Renaissance” initiative. With the goal of bringing the School of Dental Medicine into the 21st century, the space was re-envisioned to optimize patient care, expand academic and clinical spaces, and improve circulation flows.

Ballinger’s designers, engineers, and historic preservation team were tasked with preserving the building’s historic character while also modernizing infrastructure and systems to improve occupant comfort and operating efficiencies. USGBC awarded the LEED Gold certification based on the building’s optimized energy performance, green power, enhanced commissioning, reduced water usage, and innovative design.

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs Achieves LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (UTL) was recently awarded LEED Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). Platinum is USGBC’s highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which serves as the foremost standard in sustainable building and design.

Ballinger provided architecture, programming, planning, and engineering services in the development of this light-filled learning and research facility that supports Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics departments. The design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Report, which called for an aggressive 51% reduction in carbon emissions.

A multitude of sustainability features were woven into the building’s framework. Ballinger’s design placed emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable site development, and interior environmental quality. The facility is designed to use 50% less energy than similar lab buildings, by employing decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and dual energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air.  As a result, the project has been recognized with sustainability awards as well as design awards.

As an integrated architecture and engineering firm, Ballinger is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable design. This month, Ballinger Associate Principal Brad Crowley will accept a 1st place Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at the Annual ASHRAE Winter Conference for the advanced energy-efficient solutions utilized in this building.

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

The New Research Facility Value Metrics: Interaction, Sustainability, Project Quality

At the 2013 Tradeline International Conference on Research Facilities, Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Jonathan, PE, LEED AP, and Associate Principal Steve Bartlett, AIA, presented on emerging performance metrics for science and engineering research. An overview of the presentation is as follows:

Building performance measures have been slowly evolving. Efforts to modify these metrics have largely been hidden from view. This talk seeks to fill this intellectual void by exploring three different aspects of building performance:

  • How far can the traditional metrics take us?
  • What should a human factor model of performance be?
  • What are the potentials to go beyond LEED in terms of technology performance.

The premise of this talk is a building performance dashboard that combines these three elements to create a more balanced view of a building. Underlying this model must be post occupancy evaluations that go back to validate the original premises. The 2012 lab of the Year will provide just such a test case.

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