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Choose Your Own Code Adventure

“Nothing pleases me more than to tell you I was wrong.” When was the last time anyone’s told you that?  That was me.  The words even surprised me as they rolled off my tongue.  As most readers may know, I coordinate many of the code compliance aspects of the firm.  I see it as my…

REINVENTION: Breathing New Life into An Existing Senior Living Community

Over time, things wear out, expectations change, and attitudes adjust. Things will never be as they once were, and the ability to adapt to change is the key to survival.  Few community sponsors have the luxury to start over, but all have the ability to reinvent. Reinvention provides an exciting opportunity for good stewardship, while…

Patriots Colony

Expanding and Updating Dining Venues The main goal of this dining renovation and expansion was to provide a casual contemporary dining experience while also accommodating additional residents thanks to a new independent living product introduced on the campus. Casual dining was expanded and formal, full-service dining received a refresh in a more intimate restaurant space….

The Lofts at Village on the Isle

Master planning resulted in a multi-phased update process, with some buildings to be replaced and others reinvented over the course of several years.  This began with the conversion of the 80,000 square foot Mark Manor assisted living residence into The Lofts updated households. The former Mark Manor building had a sturdy concrete structure that was…

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Office Building Closed

Update to our Clients and Business Associates In accordance with the Pennsylvania Governor’s order, RLPS Architects has temporarily closed our office building.  All RLPS employees will work remotely until state and national officials indicate it is appropriate to resume physical business operations.  In the interim, we will continue to provide services as follows: Meetings will…

Passive House: Exploring the Potential for Net Zero and Energy Positive Buildings

Andy Allwine, AIA, recently attended the 14th annual North America Passive House Conference, sponsored by Passive House Institute US. The conference, titled “The Profitable Blueprint for ZERO,” included pre-conference education sessions, keynote talks and two days of education sessions all centered on passive building techniques, detailing and marketing, building science, carbon neutrality and safe building…

“Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…” Many will recognize this quote from the movie Die Hard from 20th Century Studios.  Our protagonist, John McClane visits Nakatomi Plaza to patch things up with his wife Holly at her Christmas party.  And yes, I am squarely in the camp that recognizes…

The Lofts at Lititz

As part of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory redevelopment, Pleasant View Communities is introducing The Lofts at Lititz—a satellite 55+ community. The location, in the thriving downtown of Lititz, Pennsylvania,  shares the former factory complex site with a boutique hotel, marketplace, restaurant and luxury condominiums. Downtown Hybrid Homes Minutes from the main campus, the Lofts will…

Emerald Terraces at Village on the Isle

The first of their kind in Florida, the Emerald Terraces introduced a new hybrid housing model to the Village on the Isle campus. The Emerald Terraces have parking on the ground floor, as well as covered sidewalk access to community center amenities. Each residence functions as a corner unit with multi-directional views and the added…

The Crescent at Oakleaf Village

Hybrid Homes 2.0 Wallick Communities wanted to add a new independent living component to the Oakleaf Village of Toledo community, comprised of a recently introduced memory care residence and a 1980s era building providing licensed residential living and assisted living.  The new housing needed to meet consumer expectations for abundant daylight, open floor plans and…