Articles Tagged with: Todd Drake

Drexel University Health Sciences Building Tops Out

The Drexel University Health Sciences Building at Philadelphia’s uCity Square reached a construction milestone, the “topping out” of the structure. The building, designed by Ballinger and developed by Wexford Science + Technology, will enable professional connections and collaboration between Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Medicine, and the Graduate School. It is designed to solidify Drexel University as an anchor institution in West Philadelphia focused on both innovation and inclusion. The building is scheduled to open in 2022.

Ballinger Supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

As a member of Team Hope, Ballinger raised over $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) during our 2018 Spring Fling fundraiser. The mission of the LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The organization has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance cures.

Ballinger’s Spring Fling included a presentation by medical oncologist, Dr. Margaret Kasner; a silent auction comprised of items donated by employees, vendors and neighborhood businesses, an evening gathering for staff, friends and family at nearby Independence Mall Café, and a fundraising competition that encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration. The firm’s principals generously volunteered to participate in an “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for the cause.

In total, the 2018 LLS Philadelphia Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised $652,516. We’re proud to be part of Team Hope and honored to create buildings that foster discoveries. Our contributions to the LLS continue our commitment to life-saving research.

Ballinger: Fostering Emerging Professionals

For the second year in a row Ballinger was recognized as a Pennsylvania Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals. The AIA PA Fostering Emerging Professionals designation attests to a firm’s commitment to developing the careers of young professionals. The three main criteria for the designation are: the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), the role of leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm throughout the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) process.

Ballinger principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP and designer Alexa Hansford attended a live stream of the awards simulcast at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture and Design.

Tradeline Features UM’s Taubman Health Sciences Library

Tradeline recently published a report entitled, “Transformation to Exclusively Digital Library Frees Up Space for UMichigan Medical School,” highlighting Ballinger’s design for the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. The report describes how this 137,000SF addition and renovation of the Medical School was originally conceived as an update to the library’s sixth floor lounge before student feedback convinced the school of the need to modernize the entire facility.

Ballinger’s Team, led by Principal Todd Drake, collaborated with the school as they renovated their curriculum in tandem with the building design process. The result is a state-of-the art completely digital library and study space that embraces the future of medical scholarship. With the University’s print collection now located off-site, the design team had the flexibility to maximize active clinical learning spaces and provide well-lit and comfortable spaces for quiet study and relaxation.

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Facility Solutions for the New Medical Education Models and the ‘Renovate, Repurpose or Build’ Decision

Ballinger Principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP presented a talk at Tradeline’s 2016 Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and the Health Sciences conference. Todd was joined by the University of Michigan Medical School’s Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Bradley R. Densen, MPH, Director of Office of Medical Student Education, as well as Joseph C Fantone III, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

The presentation, titled “Facility Solutions for the New Medical Education Models and the ‘Renovate, Repurpose or Build’ Decision,” examined different approaches to facility modernization. Ballinger designed the renovation of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan and the Harrell Medical Education Building at the University of Florida. These case studies illustrate the decision factors and planning implications of choosing to renovate, repurpose or build medical education facilities.

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University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library Achieves LEED Gold

On February 22, 2016, the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library achieved LEED Gold Status.

The new library contains simulation suites, classrooms, collaboration labs, and study areas. Ballinger led the Medical School through a comprehensive project formation and benchmarking effort to determine the most effective design for a 21st century library space. The resulting 137,000-square-foot addition and renovation transformed the building into a light-filled, flexible facility that promotes collaboration and hands-on learning. In addition to programming, Ballinger served as the design architect and worked closely with local architect of record TMP Architecture.

Ballinger’s design rejuvenated the building by replacing the windowless brick walls with nearly 18,000 square feet of low-e glass. Double-height, naturally-lit lounges create an open, transparent environment.

Student and faculty can choose from a wide variety of flexible study and meeting space.   A new café and lounge welcome students and encourage spontaneous inter-disciplinary collaboration. Students hone their skills in THSL’s 30 realistic patient care rooms and by using the Anatomage Table, a life-sized interactive visualization system for anatomy education.

A Library for Medical Education and the Digital Age

A ceremony marking the re-opening of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) at the University of Michigan took place Wednesday 9/16 in Ann Arbor. Once home to over 500,000 books and journals, the THSL is now a technologically-advanced learning space with simulation suites, classrooms, collaboration labs, and study areas. Ballinger led the Medical School through a comprehensive project formation and benchmarking effort to determine the most effective design for a 21st century library space. The resulting 137,000 SF addition and renovation transformed the building into a light-filled, flexible facility that promotes collaboration and hands-on learning. In addition to programming, Ballinger served as the design architect and worked closely with local architect of record TMP Architecture.

Ballinger Wins Two Philadelphia AIA Awards

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.

Ballinger Senior Principals Lead Tradeline Session on Adaptive Reuse

How are leading academic medical and allied health organizations weathering the storm of healthcare reform, performance-based hospital reimbursement, and declining NIH funding? Ballinger principals addressed this question at the 2014 Tradeline Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and Allied Health Conference.

Senior Principals Jeff French, FAIA, Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHE, ACHA and Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP led a session titled “Patients, Procedures, + Pedagogy: Retooling Facilities for a Very Different Healthcare Future.” In it they described how organizations are adapting facilities across the research, training, and care continuum to maximize the value of existing space, particularly in response to changes in patient physical location.

Based on Ballinger’s expansive healthcare and academic portfolio, they provided insight into how institutions can adapt new and existing spaces to a broader functional spectrum, determine candidacy for facility adaptability or renewal, and evaluate facilty needs.

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 Facility Strategies for Academic Medicine and Allied Health Conference was held in Boston.

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Ballinger at the Wistar Institute’s Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Gala

In September 2014, the Wistar Institute’s new, seven-story research building at 3601 Spruce Street in Philadelphia, PA opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala.

In addition to the design of this start-of-the-art research building, Ballinger provided existing facility assessment, master planning and programming to determine the best solution for Wistar to expand its research operations, recruit new faculty, and pursue a collaborative workplace model to support emerging areas of science.

In the above photo are representatives of the Ballinger team with the Wistar Institute gala’s master of ceremonies — former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil (from left to right:  Jeff French, Ed Zinski, Brendan Vaughan, Dick Vermeil, Eva Lew, Trish Cosgrove, Steve Bartlett, Todd Drake)

Leaders from Ballinger, CUNY and NYU Examine the Cutting Edge of Healthcare Training

Ballinger joined thousands of planning professionals at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 47th Annual International Conference. Principal Todd Drake, AIA, LEED AP led a session with clients Thomas S. Riles, Executive Director of the New York Simulation for the Health Sciences, and Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management at the City University of New York. Together they described the unique public/private partnership that resulted in the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM).

A collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York University (NYU) Medical Center, NYSIM is a cutting-edge medical education environment that trains healthcare students and faculty.

Using hands-on experience to illustrate motivations behind project decisions, the center’s leadership shared how the center was planned, designed, and built, as well as lessons learned after the first year of operations. It’s one of the largest urban training centers in the US.

SCUP is a professional association for higher education planners and the professionals who support them. This year’s conference was held in Chicago.

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