The design vison for the new headquarters for the Lancaster Chamber began with an office-wide design competition, with more than 12 teams participating. A variety of approaches to reinventing the existing 30,000 square foot office building were presented to user groups, and the preliminary concept developed by David McNally, Designer and Liz Koch, Interior Designer resonated with Chamber representatives. However that was just the beginning of a collaborative process working closely with Warfel Construction Company, Lancaster Chamber representatives and many other local companies to create a contemporary, multi-functional community hub for learning, connecting and collaborating.
The existing façade of 115 East King Street was designed at a time when modern lines and new architectural rhythms rejected the context and cadence of the surrounding buildings in favor of new ideas. The new home for the Lancaster Chamber captures the rich architectural context of King Street by breaking down the former 60 foot façade to create a more graceful 45 foot wide main elevation stepping out toward King Street.
The year is 1896. C. Emlen Urban is 33 years old and celebrating his tenth year of private practice. His architectural commissions to date have been as varied as his business acquaintances. Architectural styles embodied in his work have included Queen Anne, Shingle, East Lake, Chateauesque and Romanesque Revival. Noteworthy business acquaintances have included chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, hotelier Charles Wagner, tobacconist Menno M. Fry and, now, mercantilist Peter T. Watt partner of James Shand.
Within one year of completing twin Chateauesque mansions on West Chestnut Street in 1895, Urban was commissioned to design an even more impressive baronial Chateauesque mansion at the corner of President and Marietta Avenues for the Watt family. The full LNP Artical can be found at Lancaster On-line: Urban’s 1896 Work Builds Some of Lancaster’s Still-Treasured Landmarks.
This summer, we are excited to have six interns, representing five different universities, in three different departments.
Alex Kiehl (furthest to left)
Major: Architectural Design and Historic Preservation
Alex has always been interested in both math and the arts, which led to her interest in architecture. Once she took time off campus, to explore Philadelphia’s aged architecture she decided to add historic preservation to her degree.
While at Temple, Alex is the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) treasurer and she is the peer mentor to a small group of freshmen architecture students. After Temple, she plans on becoming a licensed architect with the preference to work at a firm. Alex also aspires to work as a professor at some point, in the hopes to teach studio classes.
Away from academics, Alex ‘s favorite food is fried calamari. She enjoys listening to a variety of music but she tries to steer clear of jazz and country. Alex loves to travel, and typically enjoys going on day trips and exploring her surroundings.
This is Alex’s first summer at RLPS and she is excited for the experience. Welcome, Alex!
Andrew Davis (third from the right)
Major: Building Science and Sustainable Design
Penn College of Technology & University of Maryland
When Andrew was younger, he had a vision of designing his own house or his parents house. As his life developed, Andrew became more interested in building design.
Andrew just graduated on May 13th and is now pursuing his Masters of Architecture this coming fall. While he was obtaining his undergrad at Penn Tech, he was the treasurer of AIAS his 3rd year, he was a club member of USGBC (United States Green Building Council) Students for 3 years and his final year he was the Vice President of USGBC. This coming fall, at University of Maryland, Andrew will be a teaching assistant.
Whether it be a round of golf or sailing on his grandfather’s boat, Andrew has a huge passion for the outdoors. Andrew also is musically gifted, he plays the drums and he occasionally sings.
Andrew’s goal is to be a licensed architect in several states while being a designer. His long term goal would be opening up his own architectural firm or partnering with an existing firm.
Andrew interned at RLPS last summer and this past winter break, and we are happy to have him back again this summer!
Madelyn Holliday (second to the right)
Major: Interior Design
Madelyn has always had an interest in design, even as a child. She took many art and design classes throughout high school. Since people spend the majority of their time indoors, Madelyn decided to select interior design, so she can enhance living spaces and quality of life using colors and materials.
At Virginia Tech Madelyn has fully immersed herself in student life. She is in IDEAS (Interior Designers for Education and Sustainability club) where interior design firms and manufacturers’ representatives come in and present their projects.
Madelyn has also taken Greek life under her belt and is in a sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where she is on the Relay for Life team and she is on the design/decoration committee. Madelyn is planning on running the Hokie half marathon at Virginia Tech, this September.
As of now, Madelyn sees herself working at a design firm in a large city post graduation. She hopes to design commercial and retail interiors.
Welcome Madelyn, we are happy to have you as a returning intern!
Marlene Sharp (third from the left)
Penn State University
While Marlene was going through school, her favorite subjects were math and art. She selected architecture as a major so her skills and interests would benefit others.
Outside of the studio, Marlene is involved in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, AIAS, Schreyer Honors College, and she enjoys being part of Penn State’s dance marathon known as THON.
On top of her many involvements in college, Marlene enjoys drawing, reading, golfing, baking and watching Japanese Animation. Marlene favors Asian cuisine and after spending a semester in Italy she has come to love gelato too. Coldplay is Marlene’s all-time favorite artist to listen to; other than Coldplay she enjoys popular songs on the radio.
Marlene not only wants to become a licensed architect, but she also strives to earn an MBA.
This is Marlene’s second summer at RLPS. She hopes to discover her true passions in architecture, while gaining invaluable experience from her mentors at RLPS.
McKenna Achenbach (second to the left)
Major: Marketing w/Minor in Public Relations
McKenna has always been interested in the motives behind the actions of her peers, she loves the arts and she values creativity. Those three interests led her to marketing and communications.
At Alvernia, McKenna is the President of AMA (American Marketing Association). During the fall, McKenna is on Alvernia’s volleyball team. She is also actively involved in taking a service learning course each semester. McKenna loves service learning courses because she gets hands on experience while giving back to the local community.
When McKenna is not busy at college she enjoys kayaking, reading self-help books, having bonfires, listening to any genre of music, working out, and playing with her labradoodle, Noodles.
Mckenna aspires to work as an in-house marketer for 10 to 15 years. Then she would like to do marketing for a college or university and slowly start teaching courses all while gaining her doctorate, ultimately becoming a full time professor.
This is our Marketing department’s first intern and it is McKenna’s first summer with RLPS. Welcome!
Mieke Kissick (furthest to the right)
Penn State University
While Mieke was growing up, she always loved building things with her father. Mieke’s experience with her father compelled her to look into architecture, and it quickly became a good fit.
At Penn State Mieke stays very busy. This past year she was the treasurer of Penn State’s AIAS chapter, she was also a part of AIAS for THON, and a member of SEED (Students for Environmentally Enlightened Design). On top of that, Mieke is a teaching assistant for a freshmen drawing class.
Away from academics, Mieke enjoys playing the guitar or ukulele and she likes taking time to knit. When it comes to her music preference, Mieke is currently hooked on Ed Sheeran and her favorite food is pierogis but they have to be homemade. Mieke tries to stay active, she played soccer throughout high school, so once she got to college, she decided to join intramural teams for both soccer and volleyball.
Mieke is trying to fully immerse herself in the culture at RLPS, this is her second summer interning with us. We are happy to have her back!
With his first major project complete, 20th-century architect Urban turns to lucrative private projects. The year is 1888. C. Emlen Urban is 25 years old and has just completed his first major architectural commission to rave reviews. The Southern Market Center demonstrated his ability to design and oversee a complex civic building with the ease of a seasoned architect.
This accomplishment, in addition to his expanding involvement in local business and social clubs, led to a groundswell of opportunities that allowed him to continue honing his skills.
Urban’s 1889 introduction to Lancaster’s aspiring 32-year-old confectionery entrepreneur, Milton S. Hershey, led to the design of Hershey’s private residence at 222 S. Queen St.
The full LNP article can be found at Lancaster On-line.
Southern Market Center in 1888 laid the foundation for Lancaster city’s landmark architect. In 1886, a young and energetic 23-year-old C. Emlen Urban returned to Lancaster city following six years of apprenticeship with two “big city” Pennsylvania architects — one in Scranton and the other in Philadelphia. These mentors helped prepare him for an illustrious career spanning 50 years of service to a vast array of clients and numerous commissions in and around our community.
It was the business connections of his father, Amos, to the Farmer’s Southern Market House Co. that proved instrumental in Urban receiving his first major commission. That, in turn, launched his career at age 25.
The full C. Emlen Urban, Part 1, LNP Article can be access on Lancaster On-Line.
Gregg Scott was one of four AIA Pennsylvania members selected by a jury for the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows. This honor is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture. Out of a total AIA membership of more than 90,000, approximately three percent are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. In celebration of this achievement, we are sharing some personal notes about Gregg’s career path to achieving FAIA status along with a few excerpts from the submission to the fellows jury.
Not his first choice . . .
My first career choice was to be a graphic designer, but my Dad talked me out of that idea. So I chose architecture since it would allow me to combine my love of drawing with a profession that met with Dad’s approval.
His first public speaking experience was a disaster:
I made the mistake of memorizing my very first public speech. I was a college freshman, and I knew my topic inside and out. Unfortunately, however, as soon as I got up in front of my classmates, I froze and couldn’t remember anything. I sat back down and failed that assignment.
Gregg has designed more than one building – twice!
You know that you’ve been doing something for a while when it comes back around a second time. I’ve have had more than one opportunity to go back in and update a building that our firm had designed 20 years before. It’s amazing to see how quickly “state-of-the-art” ages with the passage of time, but it’s equally gratifying to see that senior care continues to improve from places that used to look an awful lot like a hospital.
He knows what Boomers are looking for:
That’s because I am one! Although you can’t lump everyone into a single category, I am certain Boomers are going to have an impact on senior living in this country. For instance, many of us don’t want to be tied down to maintaining a house, but more and more Boomers don’t want to move out to the isolated “retirement community in the cornfield” either. We want to be engaged as part of an authentic, vibrant community, including a downtown. That’s why my wife and I recently moved back into a condo in center city Lancaster—it’s actually the same building where we met 27 years ago! We absolutely love being within walking distance of so many restaurants, theaters, the library and a park across the street.
A few career highlights:
Gregg graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973, and was awarded a Bachelors Degree of Architecture with Honors.
When Gregg joined the firm in 1977, it was Haak, Kauffman, Reese and Beers.
In 1982, the partnership of Reese, Lower, Patrick and Scott was formed.
He has served as a speaker and panel member at hundreds of local, state, national and international seminars and conferences.
Gregg has mentored dozens of undergraduate students and intern architects, encouraging young architects to choose a focus on senior living for their career path.
For the past 15 years, Gregg has authored a monthly column for LNP (Lancaster Newspapers) called Design Intervention.
His community involvement:
Lancaster City Council, 1982 – 1988
City Council President, 1986 – 1988
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Board Member 1992 -2006, Commencement Speaker 2016, Building Committee Chairperson
Board Member & Chairman Samaritan Counseling Center 2002 – 2008
Emcee for Annual Fundraiser, Samaritan Counseling Center 2012 – 2016
Capital Campaign Chair, Samaritan Counseling Center 2014 – 2015
Co-Chair Capital Campaign, Landis Homes, 2015 – present
Volunteer speaker for local community groups since 2007
“Smedley Award” for “extraordinary support for historic preservation in Lancaster County”, 2014
Comments from Others (extracted from FAIA submission)
“I have long admired Gregg’s steady hand, professionalism (both in dealing transparently with the public as well as his architectural knowledge) and leadership under public scrutiny.”
Arthur E. Morris, Lancaster City Mayor 1980 – 1990
“It is very satisfying to learn some of the vocabulary [of architecture], thanks to you. When I walk downtown, I sometimes have difficulty because I’m looking up at the buildings instead of paying attention to where I’m walking. The features are beautiful but easily missed.”
An LNP Reader
“I became the architect I was supposed to because of Gregg, not for the skills he taught me; but because he encourages young professionals to develop talents they may not even know they have. The time Gregg spent on my mentorship was vital to my career development and it continues to this day – 20 years later.”
James A. Mehaffey, AIA, Senior Project Manager, RLPS
“Collaborating with Gregg has been a career highlight for me. I’ve always appreciated his creative energy, generous sharing of expertise and willingness to look beyond the expected to discover ways to achieve the extraordinary.”
David Piner, CEO (retired) of Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community
We are excited to announce the promotions of Brian Crosby to Director of Technology; Kathleen Stoltzfus to Office Manager, Abby Stewart to Client Manager and Carson Parr to Senior Project Manager. All have worked with RLPS for a number of years, so we’ve asked each of them a few questions about their career path, personal inspiration and interests outside the office.
What started you on the career path to your current position?
BRIAN: My parents first brought home a Macintosh computer when I was around 9 years old. I was one of the first generations to grow up with computers, and it came easy to me. I navigated towards a career in information technology because it is fast paced and ever changing.
KATHLEEN: My interest in accounting started in high school while helping one of my instructors handle the finances for her family-run business. I truly am a “numbers personal” and love the details of financial statements and accounting, as well as the larger insights those numbers provide.
ABBY: It has been pretty organic over the past few years as I did more speaking sessions, focus groups, project programming, and attended conferences where I enjoyed meeting new people. I love making connections with people without the intent to gain anything other than a conversation. I believe life is best when learning something about someone else for the pure benefit of making yourself a better person…and if it lands better for the other person it’s a win.
CARSON: From Lincoln Logs and Legos to my first toolbox and working in my grandfather’s glass shop, I’ve always liked building things. At some point, I realized people’s lives were impacted by the spaces they inhabit and that’s why I became an architect—to help improve the quality of people’s lives by creating and defining the spatial experience. Following my internship at RLPS, the sincerity of the people, the quality of the work, and the culture of the firm made me feel at home. I look forward to coming to work every day.
What was your first part-time job?
BRIAN: I was a caddy at Bent Creek Country Club. I would spend all summer in the caddy shack trying to get in as many rounds as possible.
KATHLEEN: I was a waitress at Harvest Drive Family Restaurant. It was a good opportunity for a numbers person to develop people skills. The way people treat service staff often reflects their true personality.
ABBY: My first job was at an interior design firm, starting at age 15, after school managing the library, ordering samples, and running blue prints. Over time, I worked up to hand drafting, meeting minutes, color boards, furniture specifications and eventually running projects during my senior year in high school and ovre college breaks.
CARSON: My first job was a tractor trailer washer. Need I say more?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
BRIAN: Golf! [Many of our clients have seen Brian anchoring our foursome at fundraising events. His lowest score to date is a 68!]
KATHLEEN: Spending time with my kids, which in my daughter’s case means a lot of dance competitions. It’s been wonderful seeing her progression over the years to the level she is now.
ABBY: Going on adventures with my daughter and teaching yoga in our community. Both are enjoyable, challenging and ultimately rewarding.
CARSON: Playing soccer, golfing, traveling, hiking with my dogs; basically anything that gets me outside.
Do you have a favorite quote or role model?
BRIAN: “Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” – Robert Half
KATHLEEN: “Strength grows in moments when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway.” Karen Salmansohn, Author
ABBY: My role model is my Great Great Aunt Sara. She use to say to me “two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” She breathed, walked, lived and loved treating others with kindness and respect always knowing that everyone has a story. I like to think I live with enough to do something but not too much to do nothing.
CARSON: My favorite quote is “Everything happens for a reason.” I have two role models: my father and grandfather. Both have inspired me to work hard, be humble and take nothing for granted.
Brian G. Crosby, Director of Technology
15 years of experience
Associate Degree in Business; York Technical Institute
Microsoft Certified Professional
Kathleen M. Stoltzfus, Office Manager
16 years working experience in accounting
Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting / Elizabethtown College
Abby A. Stewart, IIDA, Client Manager
11 years of experience
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design – School of Building Arts / Savannah College of Art and Design
Florence, Venice & Rome, Italy: Study Abroad, History of Baroque Art and Urban Form
Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Member, The United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital, President 2011-2013
Annual Gala Fundraiser, Co-Chair Auction Committee, S. June Smith Center
Campaign Communications Committee, Samaritan Counseling Center
Carson L. Parr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager
7 years of experience
Bachelor of Architecture 2009, Master of Architecture: Community and Urban Design 2010 / Pennsylvania State University
AIA / NCARB Registered Architect
LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction
AIA Central Pennsylvania Board Member
This is the first in a series of 18 articles that will focus on the work of Lancaster’s preeminent 19th and 20th century architect, Cassius Emlen Urban.
The chronologically-based series will highlight and demonstrate his remarkable ability to successfully move between 21 different styles of architecture including Queen Anne, Beaux Art, Italian Renaissance Revival, French Renaissance, Perpendicular Gothic, French Baroque Revival, Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Greek Classical, Chateauesque, Norman Gothic, Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, English Gothic, Eastlake, Shingle, Georgian Revival, Gothic Revival, Arts & Crafts, Edwardian Eclecticism and Art Deco. Even more remarkable, his formal education did not include a degree in architecture!
The full article can be found at LNP News Design Intervention.
“Y” is the next to last installment in Gregg Scott’s 26-part series highlighting everyday architectural design elements found in and around Lancaster County and beyond.
Pronounced like the contents of an egg, this yoke is spelled differently and certainly behaves differently. Yoke has many definitions, most notably the heavy wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals to help pull a plow or cart. Another variation of a yoke is the crosspiece that rests behind the neck of a person from which buckets are suspended to carry water or other heavy loads. Webster’s dictionary also gives the architect license to describe ‘something resembling or likened to a yoke’.
The illustrated architectural dictionary describes the word yoke as the decorative shroud or crosspiece above a window head.
To read the full digital version of the article printed from Lancaster Newspapers LNP CLICK HERE.
Finally – the long awaited, most challenging letter has arrived! Number 24 in in our journey through the architectural dictionary is X! Although there are approximately 400 words in the English dictionary that begin with the letter X, you will be hard pressed to find more than three words in the architectural dictionary beginning with this letter. A deep dive, however, revealed the word xyst, which is pronounced ‘zist’.
To read the full Lancaster News on-line version of the article CLICK HERE.
Photo Credit: 1 – Dreamstime, 2, 3 & 4 – Nick Gould Photography