Projects

Honors Hall, Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

This adaptive reuse project transformed a condemned building into a beautiful multi-use cultural resource. In addition to the main recital hall, the building also houses offices for the Honors Program, Campus Ministry and Community Services, a student lounge and a meditation chapel. Working entirely within the existing building envelope, the dramatic transformation incorporates pieces of the college’s history. The recital hall features extensive interior detailing and casework, with environmentally friendly cork flooring.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Façade Improvements, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Lancaster, PA

Significant façade renovations helped the college enhance its visual impact within the existing urban setting. The new facade employs light to create a dynamic color display. To maximize the lighting effects, vertical building columns were enclosed by seamless metal. Metal sunscreens were installed at each window at a 90-degree angle to create a sun-generated display of ever-changing shadows. An uninviting concrete overhang was replaced with a curved canopy to provide a panoramic view of an interior art gallery. RLPS provided conceptual design and Tippits/Weaver Architects provided design execution.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Willman Business Center, York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

A five-story addition and renovation facilitates active, hands-on learning experiences and spontaneous collaboration. A corporate design aesthetic is evident when entering the new two-story lobby space equipped with a ticker tape. The updated facility includes nine smart classrooms with seating for 40, a 150-seat lecture hall, as well as labs. The building is capped by a multi-purpose space to host events for up to 300 people. This glass-enclosed space and protected outside terraces take advantage city views. Other additions include offices, as well as break-out rooms and collaborative research areas.

Award: American School & University 2014 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Brooks College House / Weis College House, Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

These projects involved interior design services for renovations and additions, including a new entrance and multipurpose room to create Weis College House and common spaces for Brooks College House. Services included furniture space planning for the Multipurpose, Seminar and Living Room areas and selection of furniture and furniture finishes, as well as coordination of the bidding process and furniture installation. Interior furnishing selections were made to complement the architectural character of the project in coordination with high end finishes including maple and anigre paneling, bluestone flooring and an acoustical millwork feature wall.

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

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

Franklin & Marshall College – Ben Franklin South Residence Hall

Lancaster, PA

The interior refresh of this residence hall was completed during the 11 week, summer break. Working inside the constraints of the existing space, study lounges, corridors, and over 100 resident rooms received new furniture and finishes. Excessive corridor doorways were removed for a more open and unified residential space. Special considerations were made to add gender neutral ADA accessible bathrooms. Subsequent interior refreshes continue in additional housing during summer breaks.

 

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

York College Recording Studio, York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

Two classrooms were converted into a tracking room and studio recording space. Open to the community, the studio provides cutting-edge technology to record, mix, and master an artist’s work, while also functioning as an active learning classroom. The studio has state-of-the-art acoustics and equipment for the students to work with, and it can control technology in the performing-arts center and other music rooms surrounding it.

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography