Projects

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 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.

The second phase involved creating new venues and breaking down the scale of the dining experiences, as well as expanding and improving wellness venues. 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.

Award: Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition, Finalist

 

Photo Credit (afters): Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Rockville

Rockville, MD

Multi-phased renovation of the existing 300-bed nursing center includes the conversion of the first floor to 50 assisted living residences and common areas including an 18-bed memory care household with its own courtyard garden. A “Main Street” of activities developed on the first floor includes a library, bank, fitness area, coffee shop, gift shop, beauty shop and chapel. The addition of these assisted living services will fill the intermediate level of care between the existing residential living program and skilled nursing facility and will enable The Village at Rockville to become a full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever 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)

Longwood at Oakmont

Verona, PA

This LEED Silver Certified apartment building and clubhouse project is positioned on a hillside with views of Pittsburgh and the Oakmont Country Club. The clubhouse provides varied dining options including a bistro with display kitchen, formal dining with terrace seating, hearthside dining and a lounge area. The apartment building includes a fitness room, creative arts studio and multi-purpose rooms. This LEED Silver Certified apartment building and clubhouse project is positioned on a hillside with views of Pittsburgh and the Oakmont Country Club. The clubhouse provides varied dining options including a bistro with display kitchen, formal dining with terrace seating, hearthside dining and a lounge area. The apartment building includes a fitness room, creative arts studio and multi-purpose rooms.

Awards:  LEED for Homes Silver Certification

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Coburg Village, the Lutheran Care Network

Rexford, NY

Master planning resulted in the expansion of this 55+ rental community including 78 one and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 826 up to 1,179 square feet. The new apartments provide larger living spaces, introduce open kitchens with breakfast bars and offer screened-in porches and balconies. Expanded community areas include a new Parisian-style bistro offering tableside service and patio seating, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a large auditorium for musical performances, speaker presentations, parties and other functions. Also featured are a specially designed art studio and an expanded chapel to accommodate a variety of denominations.

Awards: LEED for Homes Gold Certification

Falcons Landing

Potomac Falls, VA

Community center updates encompassed health and fitness areas and casual dining venues. The introduction of a new café led to renovations to the adjacent clubroom. The newly appointed Compass Club offers made-to-order and grab-and-go items all day, as well as cocktails later in the day. The showpiece of the new Woodburn Café is the display kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven and grill. Other improvements include the introduction of a bakery with takeout service in the former café space, the addition of a business center for resident use, renovations to the lounge area and expansion of the rehabilitation department. On the opposite side of the community center, the renovated and expanded wellness center incorporates a well-appointed fitness gym and aerobics studio on the first floor and new health clinic, beauty salon and multi-purpose room on the second floor.

Awards: Design Environments for Aging Remodel – Renovation Competition Finalists

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Tel Hai Community, StoneCroft Apartments

Honey Brook, PA

Master planning for a hilltop parcel adjacent to the existing community resulted in the StoneCroft neighborhood of 105 apartments and community center spaces including casual dining with display kitchen, a 450-seat multi-purpose room for cultural performances, worship services, conferences and banquets and a wellness center.  The competition-size pool is also used by the Twin Valley Aquatic Club and High School swimming teams. The pool features six lanes equipped with starting blocks, a timing/scoring system and two levels of spectator seating. Master planning for a hilltop parcel adjacent to the existing community resulted in the StoneCroft neighborhood of 105 apartments and community center spaces including casual dining with display kitchen, a 450-seat multi-purpose room for cultural performances, worship services, conferences and banquets and a wellness center.  The competition-size pool is also used by the Twin Valley Aquatic Club and High School swimming teams. The pool features six lanes equipped with starting blocks, a timing/scoring system and two levels of spectator seating.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography