The redevelopment of the former Wilbur Chocolate Factory required careful planning and a design solution that respects the local iconic structure. The site is currently occupied by a dozen different buildings added to the original factory over the decades. The final design solution preserve the most historically and architecturally significant portions of the buildings and removes the later industrial additions that were competing for daylight on an already crowed site.
The vision for the project encompasses varied uses to ultimately bring more people into this thriving downtown to live, shop, dine and stay. The first design result is 26 unique condo residences that take advantage of the exposed brick and heavy timber structure to create unique, luxury living quarters with views of the adjacent Lititz Springs Park. The second goal is to create a 74-room boutique hotel that will complement the personality and style of Lititz. “The Wilbur” pays homage to the historic chocolate brand that is a big part the community heritage and will provide upscale guest rooms and amenities within the framework of these historic buildings.
Adding to an already thriving retail and food culture in Lititz, the design also includes a new 150-seat restaurant and fit-out spaces for retail stores along Broad Street. This new building addition has been carefully designed to be a good architectural neighbor to the well-established fabric of downtown Lititz. Additional condo residences above will have great views of the popular main street. Age-qualified housing and market-rate apartments are also being considered for this site in later phases.
Initiated by a growing need for expansion of an industrial trash center, this project evolved into a total transformation that created an appealing new gateway into a revitalized city. Since an active switch yard was located directly behind the property, the creative solution features a railroad theme that is sensitive to surrounding businesses and redevelopment initiatives. At 45 feet high, the new transfer station is the largest of the four new buildings. To break down the building’s scale, it features brick and stone arches, columns, round windows and split-face masonry foundation. As part of the renovations to the authority office building, unusual wooden bowstring trusses from the interior, believed to have been built in the 1930s, were placed above the front exterior of the building and illuminated at night.
Awards: Preservation Honor Award for New Construction, sponsored by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Designed as a series of connected pavilions, the exterior makes use of natural materials such as stained cedar siding, colored stucco and copper roofs. Broad expanses of glass with large sheltering overhangs take advantage of views of the site and indirect day lighting.
The one-story facility has three open studios with soaring ceilings and glass walls that face the site’s secluded six-acre wooded campus. At the building center is the lobby and bistro, an open space with a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, dining area, club chairs and a fireplace. An adjacent courtyard with flagstone patio provides outdoor seating. Other amenities include an extensive resource library, two conference rooms, a large workroom and a fitness center for employees and their families. Staff input and feedback was encouraged throughout the planning and design process.
Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography
Renovations to an unoccupied office building created a dynamic, multi-functional community hub. The building includes two levels of parking, a community business center on the main level, and two upper levels of offices and shared spaces for the Chamber and several partner organizations. The new façade respects the surrounding architecture while creating a contemporary face. The building interior focuses on a range of multi-functional event and casual collaboration spaces such as technology-friendly stand-up meeting centers.
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography
The first of two 4,000 square foot commercial/retail buildings, this Federal style brick structure reflects many period buildings with various aspects of the Federal style. The project also helped facilitate a long-awaited extension of a road to run behind the property. The eight-acre infill property is an irregularly-shaped, hillside lot that straddles both the Lititz Borough and Warwick Township. Future development plans for the tract include the second commercial/retail building as well as a pocket park and two age-restricted apartment buildings with ground level garage parking.
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography