Research scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute are responding to the coronavirus global outbreak by investigating the development of new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent infections. Researchers are conducting experiments in labs designed by the architects and engineers of Ballinger — The Robert and Penny Fox Tower, a seven-story, 100,000 SF addition to The Wistar Institute and Stemmler Hall, a 230,000 SF lab building at the University of Pennsylvania that recently underwent a transformative renovation.
Ballinger participated in the annual Lab Design Conference, held this year in Philadelphia. Ballinger’s Director of Laboratory Planning, Rick Honeywell, participated in an all-new community engagement forum, “Mentoring the Next Generation of Lab Design Professionals.” The panel, made up of experienced lab design professionals and architects, discussed the qualities they look for in new recruits and how to identify employees who would benefit from expert guidance. Ballinger also hosted guided tours of Colket Translational Research Building at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Robert and Penny Fox Tower, a recent addition to the Wistar Institute.
Modern Steel Construction, published by the American Institute of Steel Construction, features the Wistar Institute’s Robert and Penny Fox Tower on its cover. Associate Principal Edward J. Zinski wrote an article for the December issue describing Ballinger’s unique solutions for this complex urban project.
The Robert and Penny Fox Tower satisfies the Institute’s need for state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research space and a stronger, more unified visual identity.
The project comprises a seven-story research tower, a new entrance leading to a public Forum, and a central utility plant. In addition to the design and engineering of the research building, Ballinger provided existing facility assessment, master planning, and programming to determine the best solution for Wistar.
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)
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.
At the 2012 Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference, Principals Craig Spangler, AIA, Jeff French, FAIA, and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP explored the challenges associated with making the judgment to invest in an existing facility struggling to retain its functionality. It is easy to wipe the slate clean and start with a blank piece of paper. Each Principal approached this from the opposite perspective, working on the fundamental premise that extending the life of a building is the ideal outcome, even if modest additions are key to unlocking success.
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.