Haines, Learned Present at Seminars

Published on April 3rd, 2014

Steven Haines, Centerbrook Director of Information Technology, recently was a panelist for a well-subscribed webinar on performance based design, while firm Associate Russell Learned will be presenting on April 9 to a meeting of the Structural Engineers Coalition on curved glulam beams.

Haines was one of four panelists who addressed more than 750 online participants on the topic of advanced technology that enables architects to design and deliver high-performance, energy efficient buildings using a data-driven approach to assessing construction and life-cycle costs. He detailed how Centerbrook is incorporating energy and daylight modeling into all of its projects and how this allows clients to determine accurately both construction and operating expenditures early in design. The webinar was sponsored by Sefaira and Architectural Record magazine. Sefaira is a software company specializing in cloud-based computing solutions for high-performance building design.

Along with a representative of Unalam, Learned will explore how glulam beams contributed to Centerbrook’s design of the award-winning museum and library for LancasterHistory.org in Pennsylvania. The LEED Silver project incorporates a 17,000-square-foot addition that more than doubles the existing Lancaster County Historical Society building. It has an open-loop geothermal well system for heating and cooling and enjoys passive solar warmth and copious natural day-lighting. Glulam beams can be both more sustainable and cheaper than steel or concrete alternatives.