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Penn Medicine Radnor Wins National AIA Healthcare Design Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) recognized Penn Medicine Radnor as an example of the best of healthcare building design in the US.

One of six projects selected, Radnor was praised for its integration into the community and natural environment. The jury noted, “the building serves as an elegant but understated backdrop to its landscape with elements of delight that are impactful and purposeful.”    

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Penn Medicine Radnor selected as Finalist in Healthcare Design Showcase

Penn Medicine Radnor, designed by Ballinger, was a finalist in Healthcare Design (HCD) Magazine’s 2021 Healthcare Design Showcase. A jury appointed by the Center for Health Design, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) scored projects based on categories of innovation, aesthetics, experience, and operational performance. The jury, representing the design and healthcare industries, recognized Penn Medicine Radnor’s environmental stewardship and biophilia, commenting on its “aesthetics defined by light-filled spaces, a warm neutral palette, and nature-inspired graphics.”

The project was published in the August issue of the magazine. Click here to view the publication.

AIA AAH Committee Tours Penn Medicine Radnor

Ballinger Principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA and Associate Principal and Director of Healthcare Planning Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, EDAC led a tour of Penn Medicine Radnor for AIA Philadelphia’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) committee.

Penn Medicine Radnor, a 250,000 SF ambulatory care center, is designed for regeneration of both the site and human health. Floor-to-ceiling glass brings light and views inside, while landscaped gardens, walking paths and groves of na­tive plants invite occupants outdoors. Inspired by environmental stewardship and biophilia, the design embraces nature, physically and philosophically. It fosters a holistic healing experience through a soothing palette, connections to nature, and dignified accommodations for pa­tients, family and caregivers.

The tour of the completed project was a follow-up to a construction tour held for AIA AAH members in 2020.

Ballinger Announces Expanded Firm Leadership

In the spirit of continued firm growth and evolution, Ballinger is proud to expand our leadership. We are delighted to announce seven new Principals and shareholders of the firm.

Since joining Ballinger in 1999, Steve has served in a variety of firm leadership roles including Architectural Studio Leader and Senior Project Designer. He has worked in diverse market sectors and collaboratively led the design of some of the firm’s most prestigious commissions. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country and will continue to advance the firm’s design portfolio in higher education.

Erin joined Ballinger in 2011 and has served as Director of Project Management as well as Senior Project Manager for many of the firm’s most significant healthcare projects.  Erin has been a spokesperson for Ballinger and the healthcare industry in print and on-air forums, and a mentor for women in design. This year she was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s HCD 10. In her role as Principal, Erin will continue to cultivate the firm’s healthcare practice.

Angie joined Ballinger in 2000 and emerged as a leader within the firm, first as the Structural Group Manager and now as Chief Structural Engineer.  Her focus on technical expertise, interdisciplinary coordination, and quality control has been key to the successful completion of many complex building and renovation projects. In addition to her engineering leadership, Angie will be expanding her role in client engagement across market sectors.

Tom joined Ballinger in 1997 and has served in leadership roles including Architectural Studio Manager and Senior Project Manager. He has guided diverse healthcare clients through complex renovation and expansion initiatives, orchestrating project teams and facilitating creative design solutions. Tom will continue to manage important client relationships while furthering the expansion and evolution of Ballinger’s healthcare portfolio.

Since joining Ballinger in 1996, Dennis has become a leader in sustainable systems design, applying his expertise to the corporate, academic and healthcare sectors.  Having served as Director of Engineering, he has cultivated the skills of junior engineers, promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration, and been a champion of flexible, efficient engineering solutions. As Principal, Dennis will be expanding the firm’s engineering portfolio across market sectors.

David joined Ballinger in 2019 as Principal after 20 years with KieranTimberlake, where he led many award-winning projects at colleges and universities across the country. He has been published widely, is a frequent lecturer, and has been a juror for multiple award programs. David will concentrate his efforts in the firm’s higher education sector with particular emphasis on client relationship and design management.

Rob joined Ballinger in 1996 and as Associate Principal and Studio Leader has provided leadership through innovation in design and project delivery for some of the firm’s most prestigious academic commissions. His approach to design balances aesthetics and functionality with local context to create enduring solutions. Recognized by clients as a collaborative and engaging leader, Rob will be continuing to advance and expand the firm’s higher education practice.

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Penn Medicine Radnor Topping Out

Penn Medicine Radnor, a 250,000 SF, four-story, outpatient ambulatory care center, reached a construction milestone Monday. IMC Construction held a “topping out” ceremony to mark the installation of the final piece of structure.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, the 4-story facility adheres to Penn Medicine’s commitment to sustainability. The building and its attached 1000-car garage form two sides of an inward focused campus. The building wraps around a courtyard, bringing natural light and calming views to patients, families, and staff inside. A circulation corridor around the interior garden enhances wayfinding and serves to orient patients. Within the garden are lawns and groves landscaped with native plants.

The building is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Reading HealthPlex receives Building Berks Award

The Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care received a Building Berks Award from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. The first annual Building Berks Awards program honors outstanding companies who are helping to lift up the Reading economy through development and construction. A total of 30 building and renovation projects were nominated in 13 categories from agriculture, health and education to historic restoration, residential, retail, office and manufacturing.

In attendance to receive the award were Ballinger associate principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA and senior associate Robert P. Goss, Jr., AIA, as well as David J. Major, Mark McNash, Robert Brigham and Julie Schlappich from Tower Health, and Bob Miller from LF Driscoll.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF Reading HealthPlex, which opened in 2017. It’s home to an 88,000 SF accessible roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

Penn Medicine Radnor Breaks Ground

Officials broke ground today on a new outpatient facility in Radnor for Penn Medicine. Ballinger designed the 250,000 SF building, providing architectural and structural engineering services. Attendees at the groundbreaking included Ballinger design principal Eric Swanson, AIA, project manager Thomas J. Parr, Jr., AIA, senior project healthcare planner Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, lead project designer Jason Cole, LEED AP, and project architect Michael Euker, RA.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, the 4-story facility and attached 1000-car garage will form three sides of an inward-focused campus. The building will wrap around a courtyard, bringing natural light and calming views to patients, families, and staff inside. A circulation corridor around the interior garden enhances wayfinding and serves to orient patients. Within the garden are lawns and groves landscaped with native plants.

Ballinger Presents at 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium

Ballinger Associate Principal Thomas J. Parr, Jr. AIA and Senior Associate Robert P. Goss, Jr, AIA presented at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium in Austin with Roofmeadow president Charles D. Miller, PE. Their talk “Green Roof: Asset or Nightmare?” detailed the experience of designing an 88,000 SF green roof at the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care.

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Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Kicks Off Expansion with Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday, marking the start of a 250,000 SF expansion project. Ballinger has worked with the hospital since 1996, providing architectural and engineering services to support the hospital’s growth.

The expansion to their West Chester, PA campus was designed by Ballinger, and was inspired by the Mediterranean heritage of the hospital’s original 1920’s building. New glass elements and courtyards will compliment the white stucco and tile roofs of the existing campus. The ambitious project includes modern surgical suites and Cath/EP labs, new emergency rooms, more patient care areas and a spacious front entrance.

“This construction project is the largest ever for the hospital and propels it into the vanguard of 21st century health care,” said Ballinger Principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE.

Ballinger Principal Eric Swanson, AIA and Associate Principal Tom Parr, AIA joined hospital leadership to mark the landmark day in the hospital’s 125-year history. Since opening their doors in 1892 as a ten-bed dispensary, Chester County has expanded into a 243-bed inpatient complex with five satellite locations.


See also Ballinger’s Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County.

Japanese Delegation Tours Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and Visits Ballinger Office

A Japanese delegation of 35 architects and healthcare administrators traveled to Pennsylvania today to tour the Ballinger-designed Lasko Tower at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and to visit Ballinger’s office in downtown Philadelphia.

The delegation became familiar with Lasko Tower and Ballinger’s design role when Principal Louis Meilink and Senior Healthcare Planners Christina Grimes and Debbie Phillips presented a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Lasko Tower at the 2016 PDC Summit in San Diego. The presentation piqued the Japanese delegation’s interest and inspired their trip to Philadelphia around this year’s PDC Summit.

The delegation explored the three floors of Lasko Tower with Louis Meilink and his Ballinger colleague’s Associate Principal Tom Parr and Junko Huang serving as tour guides.

Following the Lasko Tower tour, the delegation arrived at Ballinger’s office in Philadelphia where they gave a compelling presentation on the latest design trends and healthcare facilities in Japan.

Office-wide tours and four thought-provoking healthcare topics were then presented by Ballinger healthcare team members. The topics, conceived by the delegation, explored improving patient safety, increasing staff motivation in the workplace, ensuring flexibility for the future, and the importance of codes and guidelines when designing hospitals. The topics were presented by Ballinger healthcare team members: Erin Cooper, Amy Floresta, Rob Goss, Christina Grimes, Debbie Phillips, and Eric Swanson.

Opening Ceremony for Reading Hospital Healthplex

Reading Hospital Medical Center held an opening ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Reading HealthPlex in West Reading, PA.

This Ballinger-designed surgical tower complex consolidates campus-wide surgical services including pre-admission testing, an eight-room procedural suite, and the addition of a surgical center with 24 operating rooms including four hybrid rooms and two daVinci System robotic surgery rooms.

From left to right: Helen Joo, Jacob Shoemaker, Louis Meilink, Dr. Robert Brigham, Rob Goss, Tom Parr, and Dennis Meskill. 

From left to right: Helen Joo, Jacob Shoemaker, Louis Meilink, Dr. Robert Brigham, Rob Goss, Tom Parr, and Dennis Meskill.

Members of Ballinger’s team attended the event where Tower Health System leadership, including Dr. Robert Brigham, for whom the surgical center is named, gave speeches to the audience. Dr. Brigham has said of the new building, “We are going to offer a whole new experience for the patients, a much more conducive environment to healing and to recovery. We are going to be able to offer much greater technology to expand our minimally invasive surgery techniques in the realms of cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery. This is really advancing healthcare in our community and will transform the way we deliver health care in our community.”

The design of this 465,000 SF building focuses on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus by taking advantage of opportunities for connectivity, advanced medical care, and enhanced use of green space. Maximized daylighting and views of the 88,000 SF accessible green roof and neighboring public gardens and art museum contribute to the healing nature of the space.

Reading Hospital 7th Avenue Building Drone Footage

Focused on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus, the design of Reading Hospital’s new 465,000 SF 7th Avenue building turns the site and program challenges into opportunities for connectivity, enhanced green space and advanced medical care. Fully 72% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof and part of a two-acre public garden. The change in grade of the sloping site provides a perfect opportunity to integrate the lower levels of the building with the topography. The large footprint – 110,000 SF dedicated to surgical services – is partially contained beneath the vast network of green spaces accessible to patients, visitors and staff. A patient tower rises from this landscaped plinth and connects to existing adjacent buildings to complete a major public circulation axis extending across the campus. The new facility maximizes daylighting and takes advantage of views of the neighboring public gardens and art museum.

in::sync media recently completed the fly around of the new building under construction.