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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…

Lancaster County Children’s Alliance

This children’s advocacy center brings child abuse professionals together in one location to support the needs of victims and non-offending family members. The center’s former location was undersized and was not fully accessible. This retrofit project converted a three-story downtown residence to better support increasing program needs. The 7,400 square foot renovated building contains five…

Architecture Professors Have No Hearts (Even on Valentine’s Day)

Life as a college student in the late twentieth century could leave you a little disconnected from society.  See, most people didn’t have cell phones, the internet was essentially in its infancy, and heck, we didn’t even have cable TV most of the time I was in college.  Maybe someone could pick up the local…

Christiane David

Belgium-born artist turned Lancaster local Christiane David’s artworks are featured once more in our CH Walton Gallery. Her vibrant paintings typically feature still life scenes, nature, animals, abstracts, and sometimes people in bold strokes of color and rich textures. They’re a perfect remedy for dreary winter days! Her artwork—and often Christiane herself—can be found at…

Community Outreach for Wellness

Senior wellness is defined by more than just physical health. As humans, we are social by nature, seeking ongoing opportunities to remain connected to people and places around us. Wellness programming that engages both the physical and mental elements of older adults’ well-being presents creative opportunities for today’s senior living communities. Seniors may experience loneliness…