The United States Senate has confirmed President
Barack Obama’s final nominee to the National Institute of Building Sciences
Board of Directors. Last year, the President announced his intent to nominate
Timothy Hyungrock Haahs, PE, AIA, to the Institute’s Board. On August 1, the
Senate unanimously consented to Haahs’s nomination.
Haahs, who was nominated last December 6, is
president and chief executive officer of Timothy Haahs & Associates, an
engineering and architectural design firm headquartered in Blue Bell,
Pennsylvania, which he founded in 1994. He serves on both the Advisory Committee
for the Philadelphia Urban Land Institute and the Board of Directors of the
International Parking Institute. Haahs is a member of the American Institute of
Architects and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In
2010, Mr. Haahs presented to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific on the global challenge of traffic and parking,
infrastructure and sustainable development. In 2011, he was named ASCE’s
Philadelphia Engineer of the Year and received the Korean-American Scientists
and Engineers Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Haahs received
both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of
Pennsylvania. His term on the Board expires September 7, 2014.
Haahs joins five other confirmed presidential
nominees on the Board: James "Tim” Ryan, CBO; Mary B. Verner; Susan A. Maxman,
FAIA; and James Timberlake, FAIA, who were all confirmed in June 2012, and
Joseph Byrne Donovan, who was confirmed in January of this year.
The Institute Board is comprised of 21 members.
Six members are appointed by the President of the United States, with the advice
and consent of the Senate, to represent the public interest. The remaining 15
members are elected and can represent either public interest or industry
This is the first time in more than half a decade
that none of the seats are vacant and all of the Presidential appointments on
the Institute's Board are up to date.