Projects

Historic Carriage Home

Lancaster, PA

This couple sold the spacious 5,000+ square foot Queen Anne style home they had resided in for 30+ years and moved into the carriage house next door. Built in 1925 as a physician’s medical office, the carriage home offered a smaller scale, single-story living option that incorporated the design detailing and historical character the couple desired. Based on the home’s location within a Heritage Conservation District, the expansion and renovations to the Arts & Crafts style, brick carriage home had to be pre-approved by the Lancaster City Historical commission. The end result is a fully accessible residence that enables them to age in comfort and style.

 

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 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

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

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

Mennonite Home

Lancaster, PA

To transition to a resident-centered care model, renovations and modest additions to each of the nursing floors reorganized the existing institutional units into separate households. Each reconfigured household has its own entrance leading into the living areas. A new visitor hallway and elevator addition reorganizes circulation, eliminating the intrusion of visitors/staff going through one household to get to another and allowing the existing elevator to be dedicated to discreet service deliveries.

Awards: Best in Category for Resident Room and Dining Room in Long-Term Living Remodel/Renovation Competition; Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill

Lafayette, Hill, PA

Renovations included updating the building’s original façade and adding a pergola for a more inviting entry experience and contemporary aesthetic for a consistent exterior vernacular for the community. The 96,000-square-foot addition resulted in 60 new apartment homes, bringing the total number of residences on the campus to 158.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

 

Photography credit: 2015 Gregory Benson

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