Projects

Barley Snyder Offices

Lancaster, PA

Interior updates for this thriving law practice focused primarily on the top two floors of work spaces, including the third floor paralegal and attorney’s offices, as well as a library and lounge area.  The project also involved updates to the first floor annex hospitality serving area and conversion of an office to a small conference room. Exposed brick walls and other distinctive historical elements were maintained for the updates.

This unique office setting was the site of additions and renovations previously designed by RLPS, resulting in the current three bay, three-story façade. The building face blends traditional and contemporary elements in its use of materials, scale and context with surrounding buildings.  Handmade oversized brick with grapevine mortar joints respects the adjacent historical structures. The bronze mirrored glass on the modern annex addition literally reflects a noteworthy Second Empire structure across the street.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry

Lititz, PA

This project included complete interior design services for a pediatric dental office expansion. We assisted the client with selection of interior building finishes including paint, flooring, and lighting options and coordinated the selections with the contractor. We also provided furniture selections with finishes and fabrics appropriate for both children and adults and then supported furniture delivery and installation.

Photo Credit: Patton Photography

Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health

Lancaster, PA

Multiple architectural and interior design projects over the course of 14 years have encompassed new constructions, major renovations/conversions and interior updates.  This has included multiple areas of Lancaster General Hospital, Women’s and Babies Hospital and the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion as well as Urgent Care Centers, Specialty and General Practice Physicians’ Offices and a College Medical Center for student healthcare and counseling services. All space layouts, furniture and finish selections are made in deference to long-range plans for specific areas, as well as LGH standards for quality, flexibility and maintainability.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority

Lancaster, PA

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

Reese Engineering Offices

State College, PA

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

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Lancaster, PA

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 floor, and two upper levels of offices and shared spaces for the Chamber and several partner organizations.  The commission began with an office-wide design competition. About a dozen teams presented a variety of approaches to reinventing the 30,000 square foot office building as the first step in selecting a preliminary design concept that would be subsequently developed into the final solution.

A New Face for the Chamber

The Chamber was committed to respecting the history of Lancaster while signaling an organizational commitment to looking forward. The updated building maintains a classical hierarchy, but is rendered in contemporary tones and textures. The former façade of 115 East King Street was designed at a time when modern lines and new architectural rhythms rejected the context and cadence of surrounding buildings in favor of new ideas. The new building face recaptures the rich architectural context of King Street by breaking down the former 60 foot façade to create a more graceful 45 foot wide main elevation stepping out toward the street.

Collaborative Work and Meeting Spaces

The building interior focuses on a range of multi-functional event and casual collaboration spaces. Varied furniture solutions include stand-up desks, “touchdown” work stations and comfortable seating with integrated charging stations, all supporting the needed flexibility. Bright pops of color and writable walls within meeting spaces and casual seating areas reinforce the energy and openness of the many spaces designed to foster idea sharing, community partnerships and business development.

Reinforcing Local Connections

Notable local material selections include slate and copper accent walls in meeting rooms, linear wood plank clouds painted in custom platinum and an open structural steel-frame stairway leading visitors to the community business center. Ceiling and lighting solutions throughout the building reflect a contemporary industrial aesthetic while maximizing natural light, integrating LED technology, and managing acoustical stability. A few details were incorporated during construction when unforeseen treasures were discovered during interior demolition. For example, an original beam from a Lancaster steel company was left exposed in the employee bistro.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

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Fidevia Gateway Building

Lititz, PA

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