Articles Tagged with: sustainability
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.

Registration

Penn Medicine Radnor

Fon Wang to Speak on Historic Preservation and Sustainability

Ballinger Director of Historic Preservation Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C will be presenting tomorrow morning on Sustainability and Historic Preservation from 7:30-9:30 am at Diversified Lighting Associates, an event hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Alliance is dedicated to protecting historic places in the Philadelphia region and building programs and opportunities that instill the values of historic preservation throughout the community.

The panel, to include colleagues from Marvin/Super Enterprise, Jefferson University School of Architecture, and the Navy Yard Planning & Development Division of PIDC, will focus on how historic preservation and sustainability are natural partners and how the effective practice of one leads to the other. These experts will also share the benefits, challenges and opportunities inherent to historic preservation and sustainable building practices.

Link to event registration

Ballinger Recognized on List of Top 100 Green Design Firms

Ballinger was recently ranked #44 on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 100 Green Building Design Firms for 2019. Companies were ranked according to 2018 revenue from projects registered or certified by third-party green building organizations such as the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). ENR reports on top architectural and engineering design firms and construction companies, as well as projects in the United States and around the world.

At Ballinger we have always felt a professional obligation to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design initiatives into our design philosophy. In a world of increasingly valuable and constrained resources, Ballinger’s design process considers initial construction costs, flexibility for future changes, as well as energy and other annual operating costs. Our firm seeks to integrate the latest proven technology with exceptional design.

Link to ENR’s List of Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms of 2019

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.

Adelphi University Nexus Building Receives LEED Silver Certification

The Nexus Building at Adelphi University was certified LEED Silver by the United States Green Building Council. Completed in 2016, the state-of-the-art campus hub features a green roof and terrace as well as energy efficient systems. The Adelphi campus is an arboretum, so landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers. The 100,000 SF building is a visual representation of Adelphi’s commitment to community, collaboration and academic excellence.

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.

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Expansion Steel Topping Out

A “topping out” ceremony was hosted on Tuesday for the expansion project at Chester County Hospital. The event marks the completion of steel work for the largest expansion in the hospital’s 125-year history.

A topping out ceremony is one of the oldest customs in the construction industry. It is celebrated when the last beam is placed at the top of a new building and traditionally involves placing an evergreen tree and U.S. flag on top of the structure, along with the final piece of steel. Chester County Hospital’s final beam was signed by hundreds of employees, leadership, and tradesmen.

Ballinger provided architecture and interior design services for the building, which, when completed, will feature a new main entry, procedural platform, emergency department, parking garage, green roof, and bed tower. The 250,000 SF expansion is scheduled for completion in 2019.­

Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs wins 2017 Go Beyond Award from I2SL

The Undergraduate Teaching Labs at Johns Hopkins University won a “Go Beyond” Award at the 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference. The Go Beyond awards honor organizations, individuals, products, and projects that are advancing sustainable, high-performance facilities. The project was recognized during a ceremony October 16 in Boston.

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.

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Wins Top ASHRAE Technology Award

Ballinger’s design for the new Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility. Each year, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recognizes firms whose innovative designs have provided solutions to the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency goals of their clients.09024_00_n60_medium

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories serves as an active learning and research facility for Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics departments. In addition to developing light-filled and open learning spaces that engage a tree-filled garden alongside the building, Ballinger’s design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Final Report, which called for a 51% reduction in carbon emissions. By employing numerous innovative strategies for diminishing energy consumption, including decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air, the facility achieved an over 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline and a LEED Platinum certification is anticipated.

Ballinger Principal Engineer on the project, Jonathan Friedan, LEED AP, said of the project, “I am proud to have collaborated with Brad Crowley who engineered this project, which has changed significantly the way we think about creating high-performance physical environments for learning, teaching, investigation, and collaboration.”

Brad Crowley will be accepting the award from the Society at their Annual Winter Conference January 28 – February 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  In March, the project will be the cover story of the ASHRAE Journal

Click here for more information about the 2017 Awardees.

 

 

 

Ballinger Celebrates Earth Day and A Sustainable Practice

Environmental stewardship is an enduring core value of our practice. As an integrated architectural and engineering practice, we view sustainability and design as inseparable. We seek collaborations with our clients to collectively inspire sustainable innovations. Many of our projects are seeking or have achieved certification via the U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating program. Ballinger was recently named Green Partner of the Year by Johns Hopkins University for the design of a new science teaching building that is anticipating LEED Platinum Certification. Our LEED Gold science building at Furman University was honored with an AIA Committee on the Environment Award for its innovative sustainability approaches.  The USGBC bestowed not only LEED Gold certification upon our Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, but also its annual Innovation in Green Building of the Year Award. These significant acknowledgements of innovation honor our commitment as a firm to the environment and to our client stewardship.

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Location: Madison WI, Architect: Ballinger Architects

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Location: Madison WI, Architect: Ballinger Architects

We approach sustainability in a holistic manner and seek synergistic solutions between the various components of the design, integrating architecture and landscape with high performance systems.  All recommendations are evaluated against the return on investment and take into account the ongoing challenges of operating and maintaining building systems with limited staff and reduced operational budgets.  It is also important to establish goals that are not only qualitative, such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), but also quantitative.

These goals can include:

  • Set Performance Targets for Annual Energy Usage and Annual Water Usage
  • Target significant reduction below ASHRAE 90.1 requirements and annual BTU/gsf benchmarks
  • Create incentive and awareness programs
  • Institute programs that help create awareness of the impact that the occupants have on the energy use of the building, and formulate incentives that motivate the users to perform in an energy conscious manner
  • Identify opportunities to use new buildings or site interventions as potential didactic tools for sustainable practices

High Performance Science Buildings

While academic buildings may reach a 100+ year life cycle, the mechanical and electrical systems generally require significant renewal every 20 to 30 years.  This is especially important in science and engineering buildings, as they must accommodate ever-changing technologies for analysis, computation, experimentation, fabrication, etc.  Our approach, in both new and renovation work, is to design a core infrastructure that can accommodate a wide range of possible fit-outs as programs evolve, and which can be replaced at the end of a life cycle without major building modification.

Create a building that minimizes systems demands / requirements:

To minimize energy demands, we address the following principles in our design process:

  • Optimize daylighting while minimizing solar gain in cooling season and utilizing solar gain in heating season.
  • Minimize energy loss through high performance wall, roof and glazing assemblies.
  • Consider natural ventilation, or hybrid ventilation, especially for public spaces that can be transitional between outdoor and indoor environments.
New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition & Health at Rutgers College: New Brunswick, NJ, Architect: Ballinger Architects

New Jersey Institute for Food Nutrition & Health at Rutgers College: New Brunswick, NJ, Architect: Ballinger Architects

Maximize flexibility to accommodate convergent science and engineering:

Systems must be able to easily accommodate intertwined lab/classroom, dry/wet, macro/micro, chemical/biological, science/engineering, multi-discipline collaboration, and student projects.

Make systems adaptable to ever changing science and technology while minimizing preinvestment: 

Providing pathways for future services and space for future equipment may be more prudent than preinvesting in equipment and capacities that may not be utilized in the initial building program.

Minimize resource impact – minimize use of energy and water:

The absolute minimal impact is a net zero energy use building.  This is an aspirational goal for office buildings that can be evaluated during the project formation process.  If net zero is not immediately achievable as is the case presently for most science and healthcare projects, its eventual fulfillment can considered for future implementation.  Water use can be minimized with storm water reclamation for mechanical makeup – to chiller plant cooling towers, toilet flushing and irrigation.  Energy use can be mitigated through alternative ventilation strategies and high performance enclosures.

Science and Engineering Hall at The George Washington University: Washington, DC, Architect: Ballinger Architects

Science and Engineering Hall at The George Washington University: Washington, DC, Architect: Ballinger Architects

Make systems choices that are cost effective:

Both first cost and life cycle costs are important system evaluation criteria.   We will evaluate utility and other operating costs, as well as first costs and replacement costs.

 

Set energy goals early in the design process:

Using the latest in energy modeling software (IES) which works from a graphic interface (Sketch Up, Rhino or REVIT), we will set up a preliminary simplified energy model at the earliest phase of design to set energy goals and for comparison to recent benchmarks.  We also model highest performance “toward net zero” scenario, which will include all possible energy reduction strategies including natural/hybrid ventilation, active/passive shading, active/passive chilled beams, ground source heating/cooling, etc.  Using progressively more detailed modeling, we will evaluate particular strategies across the range of performance and cost criteria. These will coincide with key milestones for timely decision making as the design evolves.

At Ballinger, we believe that sustainable concepts and systems efficiency are integral to the design process. Happy Earth Day! 

Ballinger Wins Wintergreen Award

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories project at the Johns Hopkins University won a Wintergreen Award in the Education Category. The Wintergreen Awards celebrate, promote and recognize excellence in high performance, healthy design and building; environmental stewardship and community impact; and serve to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of the USGBC Maryland region.

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.

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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.

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.

Link to Presentation

Ballinger Experts Explore Systems and Strategies for Building Renewal

Associate Principal Stephen Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP and Associate Principal Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP led a session at Tradeline’s 2012 International Conference on Research Facilities. They outlined the strategies for comprehensive renovation of older research facilities, with a focus on space planning and mechanical systems upgrades to improve energy efficiency.

Stephen and Brad drew on current project experience by featuring two case studies, a 200,000 SF biology research building for Johns Hopkins University and a 250,000 SF teaching and research building for the Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Both projects include complete renewal of MEP systems, interior renovations of research lab spaces, and phased implementation strategies made necessary by ongoing partial occupation.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s International Conference on Research Facilities was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

Link to Presentation