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Da Vinci Science Center

First-of-its-kind HVAC & control system
resurrects shelved project


2010 - Allentown, PA


Allentown, PA


Arts & Entertainment


Owner CapEX

Project Intensity


Annual Energy Savings



K. Scott Sine PE - H.T. Lyons

Engineer of Record

K. Scott Sine PE - H.T. Lyons

Lead Engineer

K. Scott Sine PE - H.T. Lyons

Prime HVAC Contractor

H.T. Lyons


DaVinci Science Center was presented with a comprehensive HVAC design that was cost prohibitive.  ENGIE MEP subsidiary H.T. Lyons was retained for a final assessment of the project before being shelved. GEMM Founder K. Scott Sine PE (Scott) was challenged to masterplan the project at a cost 25% less than the original and without any increase to existing energy consumption.

Scott delivered a first-of-its-kind design / build package utilizing hot water / VAV boxes, and a customized computer program with control system to minimize ventilation air and optimize heating. This innovative solution cost 35% less than the original design, with the added benefit of 25%+ annual energy savings.


While this approach is now an industry standard, it was cutting edge at the time. Scott’s achievement was proudly recognized and honored with a plaque on DaVinci Science Center’s wall of Lehigh Valley “Innovators that make a difference”, joining fellow honorees the founders of Crayola Crayons, Lutron Technologies and Air Products.

The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning non-profit organization that has brought science to life, and lives to science since 1992.

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