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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

LancasterHistory org

230 North President Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
United States
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LEED Silver 2016

At once inspired by the Conestoga wagons that set off from here, and the saw-tooth roofs of local manufacturing heritage, this project unites two legacy organizations within an arboretum. Its curved-beamed roofs and studio style windows uplift galleries, offices, a lecture hall, shop, and a dramatic lobby.

Wheatland, the 1828 Pennsylvania home of President James L. Buchanan, and the Lancaster Historical Society were taking a big step: joining forces on a site they shared with the Tanger Arboretum. A master plan was developed and implemented with the result a united and expanded Campus of History that opened in January 2013.

The foremost change to this heritage destination, now called LancasterHistory.org, is the 20,000-square-foot addition to the Historical Society Library that accommodates its growing use. The addition houses a 250-seat, multi-use lecture hall, enhanced retail space and lobby, an expanded gallery, improved curatorial and archival labs, and new offices.

This project was conceived from the very earliest stages for LEED certification. Part of the site is home to an arboretum, and the client wanted to honor this by making this expansion project highly sustainable. The addition features an open-loop geothermal well system for heating and cooling, copious natural day-lighting, and porous pavement outdoors to protect the nearby Conestoga River from excess stormwater.

The orientation and fenestration of the building was heavily influenced by energy concerns. The east and west walls are high thermal mass masonry and heavily insulated. Most fenestration, apart from the entrances, faces north which also fits well with the requirements of a museum.

A second strategy for the project was the use of efficient mechanical systems, fed by the geothermal system. The conditioning requirements of a museum lent itself to a specialized and efficient system.

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Project details
Size
32,639 sf
Certified
30 Sep 2016
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