Warwick Woodlands, a Moravian Manor Community

Lititz, PA

Warwick Woodlands reflects Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) principles including varied types of housing, courtyards and public spaces, easy access to nearby downtown amenities and a network of pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks connecting to the Lititz Borough sidewalk and trail network. Phase I includes ten freestanding two-story townhomes, 70 duplex carriage homes, 56 apartments and a bistro and lounge spaces. Later phases are slated to include additional housing and expanded community amenities as well as leased office spaces along the main street front. To maintain a pedestrian-friendly street front, the apartment building includes underground parking and garages for many of the homes are accessed via alleys.

The design team collaborated with Lititz Borough staff and building officials to create a new neighborhood that architecturally and dimensionally emulates the town vernacular including a higher density consistent with the spatial relationship between existing homes. There are no duplicate materials combinations among the 80 carriage and townhomes to further reinforce the community context. The apartment building takes on the appearance of interconnected buildings along the town’s streetscape which creates visual interest and reduces the perceived scale of the building. Landscaped medians further enhance the main streetscape while aiding in traffic calming since the final phase will connect two major arteries running through the town.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

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

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

Rooster Woodshop

Elizabethtown, PA

The Rooster Woodshop replaced a smaller shop that was housed in a renovated chicken house. Located within the Masonic Village community, the new 8,000 square foot building consists of shop space, a receiving area, a finishing zone and showroom.  The Rooster Woodshop is fully appointed with professional woodworking equipment, a commercial dust collection system with pneumatic hose reels, an industrial finish booth and access control.

The wood-framed building, clad in a combination of stained cedar shiplap siding, cedar shakes and vertical metal siding, features a standing seam metal roof and aluminum-clad wood windows and doors. Sliding barn doors segment work areas and control access. The simplistic form is complemented by quality, local materials combined to create a contemporary farm-style structure that is as aesthetically appealing as it is functional.

Constructed on top of an old barn foundation on a rural site, the simple building form perches on a ridge along a country drive. Viewed through a sparse row of trees, the wood shop looks as though it was meant to be there, now as much a part of that hill as the trees.

Awards:  Award of Merit and Member’s Choice Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Pennsylvania; Merit Award and Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

Photographer:  Nathan Cox Photography

Willow Valley – The Vistas at Providence Park

Lancaster, PA

Willow Valley challenged the design team to envision an upscale apartment model that would reflect the community’s high standards for sophisticated spaces that would appeal to active adults.  Supportive design was not to be obtained at the expense of a gracious sense of vitality.

The five-story apartment community occupies a prime hilltop location allowing for underground parking as well as commanding views toward the city of Lancaster on one side and surrounding farmland on the other side. The 53 luxury residences are spacious, light-filled apartment homes featuring oversized windows, fireplaces and built-in casework.  Generous spaces for gathering and entertaining include a 360 degree rooftop terrace, dining room, library, community meeting rooms and a catering kitchen for residents to use for private parties.

Award:  Senior Housing News, Architectural Design Awards, Independent Living Category Winner

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography


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

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

Martins Run

Media, PA

To address the common challenges of aging stock and increasing vacancies, this provider chose to incrementally reinvent its apartments. Pocket doors, low-E windows and a myriad of other design details make the “not-so-big” units more appealing, senior-friendly and energy efficient. Exterior vertical mechanical units replace existing wall console units to allow for four-panel patio doors for more light and outdoor views. Removing interior walls from the galley kitchen creates an open floor plan that belies the small unit sizes. Although no new square footage was added, the transformation crates spacious, well-conceived residences that have been an unparalleled marketing success.

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


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, United Church of Christ Homes

Carlisle, PA

The existing medical model, memory care neighborhood was renovated to create inviting, person-centered living spaces for nursing residents with dementia. This total transformation was accomplished within the constraints of the existing neighborhood through carefully phased, incremental renovations, allowing the provider to maintain occupancy throughout. The nursing station was relocated to a more central location for improved efficiency, but more importantly, to free up its former brightly-lit space at the end of the corridor for a new family room which leads into a secure courtyard. A serving kitchen and nourishment station were added to enable staff members to accommodate resident preferences.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography