SGH Kicks off Boston Expert Panel Series with Discussion of Performance-Based Design

October 12, 2016

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) hosted the first of three “Building Success” expert panel discussions on process and technology innovation on Tuesday, 11 October 2016. The session, “The Promise & Peril of Performance-Based Design,” examined the differences between prescriptive and performance-based design and explored the challenges and opportunities for using this collaborative approach.

“It is fascinating that we all have different definitions of performance-based design determined by our own personal experiences,” said panel moderator Nathan Wittasek, SGH Principal. “We all collaborate in this process but practice separate elements. It was very interesting to hear different perspectives from our peers and partners in the industry.” 

The panelists shared their experiences with this alternative project design method and shared their views on what works best and where problem may arise. Taking part in the discussion were Vince Cammalleri, SGH Senior Principal; Gary Keith, FM Global Vice President, Engineering Standards; Tom O'Donnell, City of Boston Inspectional Services Division Plans Examiner; and Jeremy Schwartz, Safdie Architects Associate. 

The remaining panel sessions will convene experts from around the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to discuss and debate how to build successful projects in today's demanding design and construction markets.

  • “Great Expectations: Setting Up for Project Success” (1 November 2016)
  • “Off the Rails: How to Right Projects that Go Astray” (6 December 2016)

The AIA-accredited sessions will take place at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport District. 

Read more about the series and register for future discussions.