Articles Tagged with: Tower Health System

Reading Hospital named among the most beautiful in the US

Reading Hospital was recently named one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication covering hospital and health system news. Reading Hospital has served the Berks County, PA community since 1867 and Ballinger has been instrumental in the design and growth of its 46 acre campus.

Ballinger’s design of the recently opened 500,000 SF Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care enhanced campus connectivity, increased green space, and improved staff and patient flows. Over 70% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof, achieved by employing a 30-foot grade change on the building site. The roof garden is accessible to the public with links to local running paths, bringing community members to the site. Hospital staff are encouraged to take breaks in the shade of the garden, and patients are frequently seen outside experiencing nature just steps away from their rooms.

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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.

Reading HealthPlex October cover story in Healthcare Design

Healthcare Design magazine published a cover story about the Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical + Patient Care. The article, titled “Shaped by Nature,” was written by Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, AIA, ACHA, ACHE and associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC. It describes how a new surgical platform for Tower Health resulted in an 88,000 SF roof garden, one of the largest in the US.

Ballinger provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for the 476,000 SF hospital, which opened in 2017. The project is one of several Ballinger has designed for the hospital system, now called Tower Health, over the past 35 years.

Healthcare Design magazine is a monthly publication covering architecture, interior design, facility planning, healthcare engineering and construction, relevant research, and the most recent projects opening their doors.

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Healthcare Facilities Management Covers Engagement Process at Tower Health System

Ballinger Senior Project Architect Robert P. Goss, Jr., AIA was interviewed for two pieces in the August issue of Healthcare Facilities Management. The article “Six steps for planning low-voltage systems” outlines a process for planning the advanced technology integration now required in hospital design.  Drawing on his experience working on the Reading Healthplex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, Rob describes Ballinger’s user engagement process.

The sidebar article “User input and planning informs high-tech facility” dives deeper into the Reading HealthPlex process, highlighting the 60 user group meetings Ballinger conducted as part of the planning phase. 

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Reading HealthPlex Selected as Finalist for Healthcare Design (HCD) Showcase

The Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care was a finalist in Healthcare Design (HCD) Magazine’s 2017 Healthcare Design Showcase. A jury made up of representatives of from HCD, 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, community collaboration, aesthetics, and operational performance.

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