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

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

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 pen 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. 

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

Water Street Mission

Lancaster, PA

This 7-day complete kitchen and dining area makeover provided both functional and aesthetic improvements for more efficient operations and a better dining experience for guests. This project provided the mission with working, energy-efficient equipment and layout improvements for food preparation workflow and dining room services. Updated interior finishes and furnishings provide a more appealing environment utilizing lower maintenance, economical materials.

Photo Credit: J. Eldon Zimmerman

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

Little Run Lodge and Dormitory, York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

The Little Run complex completes the West Campus housing master plan. Little Run is a five-story building offering three, four and five-person suites designed to house 360 students. Little Run Lodge is designed to provide services for the West Campus Community including a dining hall and production kitchen, a mail room, lounge and game room spaces, meeting rooms, banquet space and a “grab and go” convenience store. The buildings are designed in a contemporary style while using the common campus palette of red brick, precast, and terne-metal stainless steel roofs and trims.

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

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

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