Projects

Warwick Woodlands, a Moravian Manor Community

Lititz, PA

Traditional Neighborhood Development:  Pedestrian Friendly, Varied Housing Options, Downtown Connections

Since its founding, Moravian Manor has operated under the premise of blending seamlessly into the surrounding town rather than creating its own insular community.  The downtown location became a challenge as the community has thrived and needed room to grow.  The purchase of a nearby 72 acre property paved the way for the Warwick Woodlands community.

The design of Warwick Woodlands reflects Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) principles that respond to consumer preferences for an interconnected community—engaging rather than isolating residents from the existing townscape.

Key features are varied types of housing, courtyards and public spaces, and a network of pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks. The first phase included ten freestanding two-story townhomes, 70 duplex carriage homes, and The Woods Building comprised of 56 apartments, bistro, lounge and game room. The limited on-site amenities reflect the intention that the active adult residents will avail themselves of the many resources nearby. Membership to the Lititz Recreation Center is included in the monthly fee and everything else, such as dining and housecleaning, is a la carte so that residents choose the services that fit their lifestyle.

The goal of strengthening connections to the town rather than creating an inward-focused campus resulted in the bistro being open to the public for all meals, as well as design measures to integrate the community into the existing context. 

The diverse housing mix has no duplicate materials combinations among the 80 residences, includes minimal signage beyond the required street signs and features direct connections to the Lititz borough streets and sidewalk network. The Woods apartments building façade creates a design aesthetic of interconnected buildings along the streetscape. Landscaped medians further enhance the main street while aiding in traffic calming since the final phase will connect two major arteries running through the town. These measures were a major “selling point” in the Borough’s acceptance of several zoning variances including allowances for higher density residential models.

Apartment residents have access to under-building parking and a rooftop amenity added late in the design process to enhance pre-sales initiatives. The resulting flat roof area nestles between two gables at the main street for views in multiple directions. Mechanical equipment screening acknowledges that there is no “back door” for the building. Phase 2 additional housing is currently under construction and continues the initial premise of integrating the homes into the surrounding townscape.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

The Villas at RiverMead Hybrid Homes

The Villas at RiverMead provide a new hybrid homes™ option that complements the existing cottages and apartments.  Taking advantage of the site contours so that the parking level is tucked into the hillside, the four-story hybrid buildings reinforce the residential scale of the campus.

The two buildings include 12 corner villas, four on each floor. Each villa, with its open-concept design and corner orientation, is thoughtfully planned for maximum flow and light. Other features include fireplaces, walk-in closets, laundry rooms and open kitchens. A modest gathering area is included on each floor to provide opportunities for social connections among residents.

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Springwell Apartments

Baltimore, MD

We began with a planning initiative focused on expansion to help this senior living rental community meet a growing demand for larger apartments with a second bedroom or den and more modern amenities.  The design result was The Homestead, a 144,000 square-foot four-story apartment building and a two-story commons building.

This expansion project added 99 independent living apartments ranging in size from a one-bedroom, one-bath to a two-bedroom, two-bath corner unit. New common spaces include a library, courtyard, pub, living room, dining room and education center.  Following completion of the new building, the next planned phase is for conversion of 45 smaller, one-bedroom apartments into assisted-living and memory care rooms.

Photography Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Patriots Colony – Presidents Pavilion Hybrid Homes

Williamsburg, VA

Presidents Pavilion, a three-building hybrid homes™ apartment complex, is the first phase of a multi-year independent living expansion. Each building is five stories tall with covered parking as the first story. The hybrid homes incorporate a traditional brick-accented exterior to blend seamlessly into Patriots Colony’s stately Colonial Williamsburg architecture. Three distinct layouts for the 60 individual residences feature open floor plans, a master suite with a walk-in closet, full-size washer and dryers, patios and covered balconies.

Renovations to the community center focused on dining updates to provide a contemporary experience and accommodate additional residents.  Casual dining, including a bistro with display kitchen and pub, were expanded and formal full-service dining received a more intimate restaurant space. An outdoor patio area was expanded to provide for al fresco dining and incorporated a new pavilion, fire pit and outdoor grilling area.

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Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Brandermill Woods

Midlothian, VA

The 2011 master plan included renovation and additions to the Clubhouse at Brandermill Woods which allowed the community to enhance their independent living common areas by offering additional amenities that appeal to the incoming Baby Boomers and their families. No longer will a single dining venue, chapel, and stereotypical shuffleboard court be considered enough to sustain and entertain residents. Instead, the new Clubhouse amenities include a theater, party room, game room, formal dining, club room, four-season room, private dining, bistro, multi-purpose space, chapel, fitness room, aerobics room, clinic, pool, terrace dining, private garden, and greenhouse and extensive spaces meant to both support the current cottage and apartment residents and also entice future residents to choose Brandermill Woods as their home.  At the same time, 93 new independent living apartments were built adjacent to the new Clubhouse offering residents additional housing options with direct access to the clubhouse.

 

Photo credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Willow Valley – The Vistas at Providence Park

Lancaster, PA

Willow Valley challenged the design team to envision an upscale apartment model that would reflect the community’s high standards for sophisticated spaces that would appeal to active adults.  Supportive design was not to be obtained at the expense of a gracious sense of vitality.

The five-story apartment community occupies a prime hilltop location allowing for underground parking as well as commanding views toward the city of Lancaster on one side and surrounding farmland on the other side. The 53 luxury residences are spacious, light-filled apartment homes featuring oversized windows, fireplaces and built-in casework.  Generous spaces for gathering and entertaining include a 360 degree rooftop terrace, dining room, library, community meeting rooms and a catering kitchen for residents to use for private parties.

Award:  Senior Housing News, Architectural Design Awards, Independent Living Category Winner

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

 

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill

Lafayette, Hill, PA

Renovations included updating the building’s original façade and adding a pergola for a more inviting entry experience and contemporary aesthetic for a consistent exterior vernacular for the community. The 96,000-square-foot addition resulted in 60 new apartment homes, bringing the total number of residences on the campus to 158.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

 

Photography credit: 2015 Gregory Benson

Martins Run

Media, PA

To address the common challenges of aging stock and increasing vacancies, this provider chose to incrementally reinvent its apartments. Pocket doors, low-E windows and a myriad of other design details make the “not-so-big” units more appealing, senior-friendly and energy efficient. Exterior vertical mechanical units replace existing wall console units to allow for four-panel patio doors for more light and outdoor views. Removing interior walls from the galley kitchen creates an open floor plan that belies the small unit sizes. Although no new square footage was added, the transformation crates spacious, well-conceived residences that have been an unparalleled marketing success.

Awards: Exhibition and Publication in the AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Osborn Commons

Rye, NY

As part of the ongoing renovations at The Osborn, many of the common spaces are being reinvented to meet consumer demand but still maintain the attention to detail and style befitting this historic community. This includes several dining venues, lobbies, corridors and fitness areas.

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Hybrid Homes at Landis Homes

Lititz, PA

The hybrid homes™ provide a new seniors’ housing option, blending the benefits of both cottage and apartment living to provide an intentional community that can be tailored to special interests, educational development and economic need. Multiple exposures, sheltered ground level parking, outdoor living and an absence of corridors are among the cottage-like benefits. Apartment-like features include indoor access to common and service areas and opportunities for social connections in a multi-story building which requires less site area. Each building includes up to 13 individual residences, a hearth room on each floor, ground floor community room and service areas.

Awards: Citation Award for AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Honorable Mention Award – Design Environments for Aging, NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Council – Gold Achievement Award / Innovation Award, LEED Gold Certification

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Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography