Projects

Performing Arts & Humanities Center, York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

A former gymnasium, natatorium and classroom facilities were renovated and expanded. The main element of the new Performing Arts Center is a 750-seat theater with stage and full fly loft. The building includes a second “black box” performance space, as well as classrooms below the theater at a basement level. Back of house spaces include a green room, changing rooms, a scenery shop and storage areas. The adjacent former gymnasium structure was renovated into classrooms, offices and support spaces to form the Humanities Center which includes 26 classrooms, large group instruction area, learning resource area and café.

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Murray Library Learning Commons, Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

Renovations incorporated Learning Commons into the existing building and involved flexible design concepts being implemented through a multi-phased process that allowed the library to remain functional with the bulk of the work occurred during the summer. The design solution reconfigures the main floor to provide an enlarged “Barnes and Noble” style café and informal study area at the “front door.” This area has electrical power and wireless internet access throughout and includes a number of collaboration stations that support a range of group gatherings and meetings. Two multi-seat media tables in this area include an integrated audiovisual system that allows students to plug in laptops for viewing on the flat panel display. Both floors include new group study rooms with laptop connections, a flat panel display and built-in sound system and controls for group collaboration and meetings. Many of the Learning Commons areas utilize furnishings in lieu of built-ins to accommodate future updates as needed. The design solution also envisions a future mezzanine level to function as a quiet study area.

Award: American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever 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 Senior Living

Worcester, PA

The first step in implementing a campus-wide master plan was updating first impression spaces in the community center. A porte cochere was added outside, while inside the main lobby the focus has been redirected to social areas with the receptionist desk reconfigured as a concierge-style gesture. The café was reconfigured to create a distinctive bistro experience. The library was re-envisioned as a club room to better support the adjacent multi-purpose room. Stairs leading to lower level activity areas were opened up to draw attention to those spaces where finishes and furnishings were updated to maintain a consistent design aesthetic.

Award: Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition, Finalist

 

Photo Credit (afters): Larry Lefever Photography

Charlestown Community

Catonsville, MD

Designed to capture the spirit of a downtown marketplace, this renovated 4,100 square foot café space features a large A-frame roof with 17-foot ceilings. Features include display cooking stations, a bar/lounge and patio dining space. Exposed red brick walls with high window sills pay homage to nearby Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The project doubled the capacity to 96 people with a variety of seating options.

Awards: Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition Winner

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox 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.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

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

Edenwald

Towson, MD

The contemporary café design is more open than its predecessor and allows for greater circulation space between the food offerings. The resulting design took cues from a local farmers market, focusing on fresh foods (some locally sourced during the summer) and a wide range of options. New to the café are a coffee shop, Grab-N-Go offerings, and a pizza station, which complement a salad bar, deli, and hot entrée station. Another new dining experience to be offered is a patio dining component.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

 

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)