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BACK TO SCHOOL: Design for In-Person Learning During a Pandemic

This fall, millions of K-12 and college students headed back to school amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Determining best practices for navigating this return has been challenging for administrators, teachers, students, and families alike.  Design for in-person learning during a pandemic requires both flexibility and creativity. To that end, a number of manufacturers have developed…

Avoiding a Surfside, Florida Type Disaster

The following article appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer (with edits) on July 7, 2021. It seems trite to call the collapse of the Champlain Tower South building in Surfside, Florida tragic, yet that is the closest description I can offer.  I cannot pretend to imagine the sorrow and horror experienced by those affected by this…

Rossmoyne Elementary School

Rossmoyne Elementary is the first school to be built following the completion of the feasibility study for West Shore School District. Rossmoyne is a new elementary school built beside the previous 1950s-era school. The existing building was demolished upon completion of the new larger Kindergarten through Fourth grade elementary school.  The new building includes a…

Chestnut Ridge at Rodale

Phoebe Ministries identified Emmaus as an underserved market opportunity for a satellite community.  Following the sale of the Rodale publishing company, the 38-acre headquarters was vacated.  This unique property led to the vision for Chestnut Ridge at Rodale, a wellness-focused residential community for ages 62 and up that embraces the Rodale values of melding fitness,…

Creative Opportunities for Growth: University-Based Retirement Communities

There has been a lot of buzz around University-Based Retirement Communities (UBRCs). Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry experts have predicted a rise in their number as both higher ed and senior living seek creative strategies for future vitality. Downward trends in on-campus enrollment and revenue can be partially attributed to a…

Current K-12 Project Bids

List of projectsDallastown Area School District – West Secondary Campus Safety Enhancement Project

Dallastown Area School District – West Secondary Campus Safety Enhancement Project

Project NameDallastown Area School District – West Secondary Campus Safety Enhancement Project Location700 New School Lane, Dallastown, PA 17313 Project Number2020107 DescriptionA new home-side grandstand and press box will be constructed with masonry load bearing fieldhouse beneath. The stadium entrance plaza will be enlarged with fencing, cast-in-place concrete retaining wall, segmental block retaining wall, and…

Masonic Village – Freemasons Building

The goal for this update project was to create an assisted living / personal care residence that looks like any other apartment building rather than a senior care facility. We took our cues from hospitality venues for gracious, contemporary spaces that emphasize color, texture and variety for inviting, visually appealing spaces.  Renovations to this occupied…

Masonic Village – Clinics Building

Renovations to this 21,942 square feet, three-story, fully-occupied and operational healthcare building encompassed upgrades to waiting areas, corridors, evaluation rooms, administrative areas and therapy spaces with accommodations for bariatric patients. We utilized nature-inspired finishes and artwork along with bright pops of contemporary color to create a comfortable, healing environment. Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Kirkland Village – Northwood Gardens

This senior living community expansion introduced a new luxury housing model. The terrace-style hybrid homes reflect a high caliber design for gracious living. Each building provides direct connections back to the community center. The common areas on each floor focus on sophisticated, contemporary styling with bold colors and metallic accents. We also assisted the client…