Projects

Warwick Woodlands, a Moravian Manor Community

Lititz, PA

Warwick Woodlands reflects Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) principles including varied types of housing, courtyards and public spaces, easy access to nearby downtown amenities and a network of pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks connecting to the Lititz Borough sidewalk and trail network. Phase I includes ten freestanding two-story townhomes, 70 duplex carriage homes, 56 apartments and a bistro and lounge spaces. Later phases are slated to include additional housing and expanded community amenities as well as leased office spaces along the main street front. To maintain a pedestrian-friendly street front, the apartment building includes underground parking and garages for many of the homes are accessed via alleys.

The design team collaborated with Lititz Borough staff and building officials to create a new neighborhood that architecturally and dimensionally emulates the town vernacular including a higher density consistent with the spatial relationship between existing homes. There are no duplicate materials combinations among the 80 carriage and townhomes to further reinforce the community context. The apartment building takes on the appearance of interconnected buildings along the town’s streetscape which creates visual interest and reduces the perceived scale of the building. Landscaped medians further enhance the main streetscape while aiding in traffic calming since the final phase will connect two major arteries running through the town.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Fig & Barrel Pub

The owners had simple criteria for their new pub space:  “it had to be old, it had to be authentic and it had to have history.”  Located in the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) district for the City of York, the 110-year old building had beautiful, original brick walls. The existing brick was one of the many features we highlighted in this building fit-out to create a uniquely distinctive pub venue that respects its community roots.   We added a tall fireplace feature, introduced a mix of booth seating and high top tables and used bold colors that complement the existing brick for a warm, industrial aesthetic.  Lighting selections reinforce the contemporary industrial style. The new production kitchen includes a wood fired oven, but the main attraction is the bar, which features a floor to ceiling display of whiskey and other spirits from around the world.  A rolling, library style ladder allows the bartender to put on a show while serving libations.

Photo Credit:  Matthew Tennison Photography

Waverly Heights Community Center Updates

Gladwyne, PA

Renovations to the casual dining and coffee shop reflect a fresh approach to food preparation and a new attitude toward the dining experience. The transformation supports food service production changes allowing for an emphasis on farm-to-table ingredients and made-to-order selections, as well as increased chef engagement with residents including meals prepared tableside and “pop-up” events.

Food is now presented in an attractive, open-kitchen display format that supports these operational objectives in a vibrant and appealing atmosphere. The new scatter-style food stations, including a hearth oven and rotisserie grill, utilize up-to-date technology innovations to keep foods precisely hot or cold for longer times while helping to alleviate circulation issues and resulting wait times associated with the former cafeteria style set-up.  The renovations incorporate the design aesthetic of an upscale suburban bistro by utilizing contemporary, natural-looking materials and adding elements such as a fireplace to create a warm and inviting dining experience. Removing walls previously separating the dining areas from the former serving lines allows more natural light into the space and creates an open and appealing setting that elevates the food preparation process.

Award:  Environments for Aging (EFA) Remodel-Renovation Competition Gold Winner

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Fellowship Village

Basking Ridge, NJ

Through renovations and a modest addition, we enlarged and refurbished the former cafeteria-style café and formal dining rooms to form distinct identities for a Village Bistro, Grand Terrace, Fireside Dining, and the newly created Atrium dining room. Shoji-style sliding wooden doors were introduced to help separate and create distinct identities between the diverse dining spaces while providing flexibility to open up the spaces for functions requiring seating for a large group. The former café is now a bistro which includes a pizza oven, coffee bar/bake shop and mini-grocery. The project also involved interior updates to the private dining room and the pre-dining lounge.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Meadowood

Worcester, PA

Community center updates on the entry floor focused on dining updates to increase capacity while simultaneously breaking down the scale and creating distinctive, differentiated experiences. This included introduction of bistro, pop up dining and exhibition cooking. On the lower level, the design expands the aerobics classroom, rehabilitation suite and aquatics areas. The new pool accommodates multiple configurations for lap lanes, shallow water exercise, water volleyball and deep water exercise. Outdoor connections and sustainable strategies are seamlessly integrated into the design solutions. The underutilized courtyard was transformed into a new campus amenity to create engaging outdoor event spaces to complement and enhance the dining and wellness updates.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Rose Villa

Portland, OR

New Main Street amenities include a performing arts center, newsroom, bistro café, garden nursery, full service salon, wellness center, pool and spa, all have been designed to look and operate as individually branded businesses. The aquatics component includes a lazy river and water slide, as well as lanes for lap swimming. Fully operable garage doors allow portions of the bistro to provide open air seating along Main Street.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Tel Hai Community

Honey Brook, PA

The casual dining venue includes a display kitchen, fireplace lounge and patio seating for an alfresco option.  In addition to an exercise classroom and fitness equipment room, the wellness center includes warm-water therapy and competition-size pools. The main pool is also used by the Twin Valley Aquatic Club and High School swimming teams. The aquatics center features six lanes equipped with starting blocks, a timing/scoring system and two levels of spectator seating. Tel Hai also offers swimming lessons for all ages.The casual dining venue includes a display kitchen, fireplace lounge and patio seating for an alfresco option.  In addition to an exercise classroom and fitness equipment room, the wellness center includes warm-water therapy and competition-size pools. The main pool is also used by the Twin Valley Aquatic Club and High School swimming teams. The aquatics center features six lanes equipped with starting blocks, a timing/scoring system and two levels of spectator seating. Tel Hai also offers swimming lessons for all ages.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Foulkeways at Gwynedd

Gwynedd, PA

Planning and design for reinvention of the existing community center focused on merging the latest advances in senior design with the 350-year old traditions of Quakerism. An analysis of 16 Quaker vernacular meetinghouses influenced the final design solution. The building additions created a cohesive façade defined by traditional Quaker design principles, while providing space to expand and update the main dining room, library, lounge and auditorium on the upper level. On the lower level, a new café/bistro, lounge and terrace dining area enjoy panoramic meadow views.

Awards: Citation Award for AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Finalist for Dining Room in Long-Term Living Magazine Remodel/Renovation Competition, Publication in the Environments for Aging Design Showcase

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography (Interiors/Patio Exterior) / Don Pearse Photography (Exteriors)