Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA participated in a panel organized by AIA Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA). The event, titled “What Have We Learned? AIA, GBCA, and COAA PA Look Towards the Future,” examined recent innovations and trends in the building industry and explored how the building process will evolve for designers, builders, and owners.
The Community Design Collaborative held their annual fundraiser virtually on Thursday, raising over $105,000 to provide preliminary design services to local non-profit organizations.
The program included remarks from Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA and the Collaborative’s Interim Executive Director, Jenn Richard. This year’s Leverage Award honoree was Judee M. Bavaria, President Emeritus of Presby’s Inspired Life, who has been key to expanding and enriching affordable senior housing in our region.
Over 200 attendees participated via Zoom, connecting Philadelphia’s architecture, engineering and construction community at a time when in-person events are prohibited, and the city is wrestling with economic unrest and disparity.
Ballinger is a corporate champion sponsor of the Collaborative and over 30 staff members have volunteered time on Collaborative projects. Past Leverage Award recipients include Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA; president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD; and Connor Barwin, NFL player and founder of Make the World Better Foundation (MTWB).
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.
Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA will present at the Drexel University Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism Twilight Lecture Series tonight.
The series brings to campus notable voices from the region to talk about the design of the built world and its relationship to other disciplines, initiatives and policies. Terry’s presentation, titled “Get Well Soon(er),” will highlight the collaborative possibilities between designers and healthcare providers.
The Twilight Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Hosted by Drexel’s Design Research program, it will take place at 5:30pm in the Screening Room at Drexel’s URBN Annex.
The Community Design Collaborative hosted their annual fundraiser, Leverage, at the University of the Arts’ Hamilton Hall in Center City, Philadelphia. The program included remarks by Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA and the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Miller.
Collaborative Board of Director Co-Chairs Richard Winston and Daryn Edwards presented the Leverage award to Connor Barwin, NFL player and founder of Make the World Better Foundation (MTWB). The Leverage Award recognizes local leaders for their commitment to strengthening neighborhoods through design.
Barwin described how the Collaborative’s work helped MTWB reclaim Waterloo Playground in West Kensington, Philadelphia. “One of the reasons we are at Waterloo is the Community Design Collaborative. The Collaborative’s initial drawings and renderings are so important to inspiring people in our neighborhoods to see what’s possible and to believe that they can do it… and to inspiring organizations like Make The World Better to get involved.”
Proceeds from Leverage 2019 will help the Collaborative provide preliminary design services to local nonprofits, which use design to engage their communities and strengthen their neighborhoods.
Ballinger is a corporate champion sponsor of the Collaborative and over 30 staff members have volunteered time on Collaborative projects. Past Leverage Award recipients include Ballinger’s Terry Steelman, FAIA; president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD; and president and CEO of the Center City District, Paul Levy.
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’s roots are securely planted in Philadelphia, having been established here in 1878. We started out designing the factories and maker spaces of the industrial revolution, and now Ballinger is at the forefront of design for the knowledge revolution. Today, our firm focuses on designing next-generation academic science and healthcare facilities as well as corporate workspaces.
Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman along with top executives of Comcast, Aramark, The Vanguard Group and others were interviewed for the Philadelphia Magazine article “11 CEOs on Why They Keep Their Businesses Headquartered in Philly.”
All of Ballinger’s 200+ employees work out of one location in Philadelphia – the beautifully converted top floor of 833 Chestnut Street that once was the original Gimbel’s department store. It’s a large open space conducive to our collaborative work style with good light, high ceilings, and sweeping views of Old City and crane-filled Center City. It allows Ballinger to fulfill our mission of being a truly integrated architecture/engineering firm.
Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP and Douglas Carney, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Design, Construction and Real Estate at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), presented a case study at the Mid-Atlantic Hospital, Outpatient Facilities and Medical Office Buildings Summit in Philadelphia. The day-long event brought together leaders in the healthcare market to discuss improving performance and mitigating risk.
The presentation described the intensive “Workplace Innovation Process” that CHOP and Ballinger embarked upon in preparation for CHOP researchers occupying the newly-constructed Roberts Center for Pediatric Research.
The Summit was sponsored by the Corporate Realty, Design and Management Institute and the Health Care Institute of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
Ballinger Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP gave a lecture to architecture students and faculty at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK. His presentation, “Architecture + Science”, focused on projects from Ballinger’s higher education portfolio to explore how architects balance design aspirations with program fulfillment. He also shared insights about the firm’s principles and strategic business model.
The “Engineer of the Future” must be creative, entrepreneurial, and adaptable. Engineering is increasingly focused on application of scientific discoveries to solve real-world issues, a dynamic that requires a “next generation” of engineering facilities capable of supporting these interdisciplinary convergent trends.
Ballinger Senior Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA explored this topic at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on College and University Science and Engineering Facilities. Their talk, titled “Next Generation Engineering Facilities: Features That Support a New Skill Set for the ‘Engineer of the Future,’” described how new models for teaching and research facilities can support future engineers.
Ballinger and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted a guided public tour of CHOP’s recently opened Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The tour was part of the 2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and the oldest design event of its kind in the country. The annual festival showcases the work of practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals.
The tour was led by Ballinger architects: Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, Associate Principal Dean R. Johnson, AIA, and Senior Associate Bill Andes, AIA. The program included a lecture by Terry, who presented the project team and design intent, followed by a tour of the site, showcasing the public elements of the design, and then a visit to two upper floors. Guests visited an empty shelled floor followed by a completed floor, a sequence that provided insight into the planning of the flexible workspaces.
The 30 guests who attended were invited to a reception in the cafe following the tour.
Ballinger is proud to participate in DesignPhiladelphia and contribute to Philadelphia’s identity as a hub for creative activity.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Ballinger presented a tour of the new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research for the Philadelphia chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). Ballinger Principal Terry S. Steelman, FAIA addressed the group, providing context on the tower’s site and design. He then took attendees on a tour of the site, highlighting the landscaped public space around the building and the location of future building phases.
The tour included a shelled floor and a completed floor, equipped with flexible workstations and collaborative space.
CHOP’s Douglas Carney, AIA, MBA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President for Facilities, Design, Construction and Real Estate, described how Ballinger helped CHOP develop new space standards and how users are reacting to them.
CREW member and Vice President of Clemens Construction Company, Carol Horne Penn, remarked “The opportunity to understand the design intent and goals for the building, the site and its integration into the community, was very informative. It’s these types of opportunities that allow our membership to grow in their understanding of the work of various contributors to the built environment.”
Philadelphia Business Journal reporter Natalie Kostelni interviewed Ballinger Principal Terry Steelman, FAIA and Doug Carney, Senior Vice President of Facilities at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), about the opening of the new Roberts Center for Pediatric Research. The $275 million, 21-story tower is the first phase of CHOP’s new Schuylkill Avenue campus. Ballinger collaborated with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cooper Robertson on the project, which includes the research tower, an outdoor plaza, parking, and a bridge to Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail. Reflecting on the response he’s received to the projects so far, Carney says, “Fortune favors the bold. I couldn’t be happier.”
The Community Design Collaborative will honor Ballinger with its 2017 Leverage Award on April 4th at Pennovation Center.
Beth Miller, executive director for the Collaborative, says, “We’re recognizing Ballinger for their enduring partnership with us and the great work they’re doing in Philadelphia. They’ve volunteered through us to help local nonprofits… and encouraged their staff to do everything from digging flower beds on Love Your Park Day to giving high school students hands-on experience with design.”
The Leverage Award recognizes local leaders for their commitment to strengthening neighborhoods through design. As the name suggests, it celebrates the leveraging of sought-after skills of architects and other design professionals to help Philadelphia nonprofits launch life-changing projects in their communities.
The Collaborative has matched Ballinger employees with six nonprofit-led community development ventures. They have already donated over 500 hours of pro bono architectural and engineering assistance that would have otherwise cost $45,000—with more projects in the works. The Collaborative/Ballinger partnership has been significant enough to gain recognition in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Faces of Philanthropy, which honors strong for-profit/nonprofit partnerships throughout the region.
For example, Ballinger recently worked alongside residents to re-imagine several SEPTA viaduct underpasses as colorful, bright, art-filled spaces that reconnect residents in North Central Philadelphia. Using photos and sketches, they polled over 300 residents about their favorite ideas for the massive viaducts. The imagery behind their designs—porches, beacons, and streams—were drawn from conversations with the North Central community.
“The Collaborative creates a hub where neighborhoods and the design community can work together. It provides a connection to Philadelphia, to see what my community looks like, how people live, and how I participate in that. It’s a great opportunity,” says Ballinger Architectural Designer Bonnie Netel.
Ballinger Principal Terry Steelman will accept the Leverage Award on behalf of the firm at Leverage 2017. The event will be held at the LEED Gold Pennovation Center, for which Ballinger provided MEP and structural engineering. Leverage 2017 will bring over 300 supporters of community design to Pennovation Center, a blend of offices, labs, and production space housed in a former paint manufacturing plant. Like the Collaborative, Pennovation Center is preserving Philadelphia’s authentic, sometimes rough-around-the-edges buildings and spaces and giving them new roles that create jobs and strengthen communities.
“People need to look at philanthropic energies in two ways. Often they see how they are giving back, but firm leaders in particular need to appreciate that they get something in return. Their staff gets enlightenment and fulfillment that breeds esprit de corps. Leadership through philanthropic engagement strengthens interpersonal skills, decision-making, and growth. And the community as a whole benefits.” Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, outlined the far-reaching benefits of Ballinger’s volunteer efforts, in an interview with the Community Design Collaborative. The Collaborative profiled B::Engaged, Ballinger’s community engagement group, in a recent post.
B::Engaged connects with and impacts the Philadelphia community through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective while enriching the built and social fabric of our surroundings.
B::Engaged members participated in the recent Community Design Collaborative project, Making Connections: Conceptual Design for Under the Viaduct. Residents of a North Central Philadelphia neighborhood were reluctant to walk through dark, underutilized underpasses of a rail viaduct. The purpose of the project was to reimagine the underpasses as connectors, linking neighbors and amenities. The volunteer design team met with community groups and conducted research to develop design solutions to improve three underpasses. The resulting report was used to generate funding to implement the improvements.
The Community Design Collaborative’s model is to provide pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creating engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raising awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities. Since 1991 they’ve matched communities with volunteer design professionals, to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.
To read the Community Design Collaborative’s profile, click here.
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Adelphi University commemorated the opening of its largest campus project, the $76 million new Nexus Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the facility.
The Nexus Building, which opened in the fall of 2016, is the Ballinger-designed home of Adelphi University’s highly-regarded College of Nursing and Public Health, the Center for Health Innovation, and a hub for core student services. Nexus is also a welcoming space for prospective families who visit Adelphi’s admissions office and alumni who access the advancement office.
The 100,000 SF building is a visual representation of Adelphi’s commitment to community, collaboration and academic excellence. Adelphi University’s Dr. Christine M. Riordan, President and Ronald Lee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees spoke at the ribbon cutting along with several student representatives. Ballinger’s design team was represented at the event by Principal Designer Terry Steelman, Senior Designer Zak Whiting, and Senior Project Architect Sean Harrington.
Nexus’ airy, open floor plan promotes student interaction—both academic and social. A three-story glazed commons serves as the central connector for the varied programmatic elements. Flooded with natural light, the space extends the existing campus pedestrian passageways through and alongside the building, weaving it into the campus fabric and celebrating its prominence as a campus destination.
The Adelphi campus is an arboretum, so landscape and environmental sensitivity were design drivers. This state-of-the-art LEED Gold-designed building, features a green roof and terrace, energy efficient systems, clinical simulation, research and informatics labs, and over 15 contemporary learning spaces adding over 11,400 SF of classrooms and over 21,000 SF for Adelphi’s health-related programs.
The Nexus Building broke ground in 2013, and has received the following awards:
- AIA Silver Award, Unbuilt, Philadelphia Chapter, 2014
- AIA Merit Award, Unbuilt, Pennsylvania Chapter, 2013
Read more about the Adelphi University Nexus Building here.
Ballinger is taking part in the 2016 Philadelphia Heart Walk. The walk is organized by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Ballinger’s community engagement group, B::Engaged, has organized seven teams of walkers to join the15,000 participants expected November 5th. The walk kicks off at Citizens Bank Park and includes a three-mile route followed by a wellness festival.
Ballinger’s B::Engaged is a community engagement group that connects with and impacts the Philadelphia community through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective while enriching the built and social fabric of their surroundings.
This January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and Ballinger is continuing its support of mentorship programs including Spark and Philadelphia’s Charter High School of Architecture and Design (CHAD).
Spark, a national nonprofit, was conceived to re-engage middle school students in their education through workplace-based apprenticeships. Underserved 7th and 8th graders interested in architecture are invited to Ballinger to work with professional architects, designers and engineers. Spark’s parallel in-school curriculum reinforces the link between classrooms and careers while helping students build skills necessary for success in high school and beyond.
Ballinger also partners with CHAD, which was founded in 1999 by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA and is the first charter high school for architecture and design in the US. The school’s innovative program integrates the design process with a strong liberal arts education.
This month Ballinger recognizes the employees who dedicate their time to mentorship programs, including:
Ballinger’s employee-run community engagement group, B::Engaged, leads the mentorship efforts, in addition to organizing short and long term service projects.
Principal Terry Steelman was invited to present Ballinger’s award-winning project, the Adelphi University Nexus Building, at Design on the Delaware yesterday. Design on the Delaware is a conference Terry initiated during his tenure as president of the AIA Philadelphia Chapter. At yesterday’s talk, Terry discussed the design of the Nexus Center, a new building that will combine training and teaching space for Adelphi’s School of Nursing with learning environments and resources for the wider campus community. The project was awarded the AIA Philadelphia 2014 Silver Medal.
We are proud to announce that the Ballinger-designed Golisano Children’s Hospital was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Rochester, New York on May 27th, 2015 and will open its doors to patients in July 2015.
Two Ballinger projects were honored with Design Awards from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program recognizes the best in architectural design among AIA Philadelphia members.
Ballinger’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs at Johns Hopkins University received an Honor Award. Light-filled and open, the four-story building accommodates a variety of teaching methods and learning styles, and its flexible and open layout enables cross-disciplinary learning and research opportunities.
The Nexus Building at Adelphi University received a Silver Award, the highest honor in the Unbuilt category. Ballinger provided architecture, planning, interior design and engineering services for this innovative learning environment prominently located at the entrance to Adelphi’s campus.