Masonic Village – Clinics Building

Elizabethtown, PA

Renovations to this 21,942 square feet, three-story, fully-occupied and operational healthcare building encompassed upgrades to waiting areas, corridors, evaluation rooms, administrative areas and therapy spaces with accommodations for bariatric patients. We utilized nature-inspired finishes and artwork along with bright pops of contemporary color to create a comfortable, healing environment.

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Brethren Village – Short-Term Rehabilitation Center

Lititz, PA

This renovation to create a new rehabilitation center focused on biophilic design principles to foster connections with nature—whether sunlight, organic materials, outdoor views or nature photography.  Stone tile feature walls in patient suites and common areas, translucent resin panels incorporating botanical elements and bright splashes of color throughout create an uplifting, restorative environment that functions as a silent partner, reinforcing the delivery of quality care.

Photo credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Vilꞁage On The Isle

Venice, FL

Replacing the 35-year-old Luke Haven Health Center on the landlocked 16-acre Village On the Isle (VOTI) life plan community campus required leadership vision, mission-driven decision-making, and innovative partnerships. The new Health and Rehabilitation Center slightly increases skilled nursing census from 60 to 64 while allowing VOTI to provide private suites in hospitality-inspired households.

Innovative Partnerships are Integral to the New Health and Rehabilitation Center

To pave the way for the new building and water feature, VOTI worked out a land swap with neighboring Emmanuel Lutheran Church and also provided a covered breezeway to the church, so residents who choose to worship there can stay dry when it rains. The drive under canopy also aides the VOTI supported Meal on Wheels program to keep volunteers out of the elements.

The community has subsequently partnered with Tidewell Hospice who will occupy eight of the 64 private suites to provide an inpatient hospice care unit for VOTI residents and members of the surrounding community in need of around-the-clock care.  VOTI is also working with The Green House Project, through their 2.0 Initiative, to continue the comprehensive cultural transformation made possible with the new Health and Rehabilitation Center.  This includes staff training which incorporates technology and case-based learning.

New Campus Entryway is Through the Health and Rehabilitation Center

The ground floor of the new center serves as the new main entryway for VOTI with a large porch leading into a concierge-staffed front desk in the lobby and a hospitality lounge for residents, guests and staff members. A courtyard along the side of the building leads to an outdoor patio overlooking a new water feature. The ground floor also includes 32 under building parking spaces and serves as the covered ambulance pick up, exercise and rehabilitation services and equipment, as well as the main production kitchen.

Varied accent colors are used on household entrance doors and outside resident suites to provide visual interest while aiding wayfinding.  Interior detailing such as wainscot in the suites and an extensive artwork collection, highlighted by pieces from local artists, reinforce the campus-wide gracious, island living design aesthetic.

Hospitality-Inspired Skilled Nursing Households

Four 16-resident households comprise the second and third floors. Each person has their own room with a triple window bay and private bathroom with a large, fully accessible shower. Individual households include a generously-sized great room comprised of a kitchen, dining area and living room. Second floor terraces provide another opportunity for residents to enjoy the outdoors / exterior and water feature. A behind-the-scenes pantry/delivery area is positioned between the two kitchens on each floor. Dedicated household staff socialize, cook and serve family-style meals, and care for residents on their respective floors. The new Health and Rehabilitation center also includes parlors on both floors, as well as an activity room, a media room and salon.

Award:  Third Place in Skilled Nursing/Post Acute Care Category, Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards

Photo Credit;  Nathan Cox 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

St. Vincent’s Seminary

Philadelphia, PA

Interior renovations to a skilled nursing residence for retired priests focused on updating the existing spaces to provide a better quality of life in a comfortable, appealing setting. We updated the existing modern design aesthetic with contemporary finishes while eliminating many of the institutional features that made the living spaces feel like a hospital.

Built-in bookshelves were added to resident rooms and the addition of a full accessible shower with half wall supports resident dignity and privacy. The biggest change was replacing the central nursing “command station” with a new living room that focuses attention on a distinctive fireplace feature rather than staff areas which are now tucked behind the scenes.

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Delaware Hospice

Milford, DE

This inpatient hospice care facility is comprised of two neighborhoods of eight guest rooms each. Administration offices, support services including home hospice care, a Grief and Loss area, community conference room and a resource library round out each neighborhood. The private guest rooms have operating casement windows and French doors leading to a private patio area. Each room includes a private bath with European “roll-in” shower that can be accessed via a second doorway from the entry foyer allowing staff members to clean or restock without disturbing the patient.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Mount Joy Care Center

Mount Joy, PA

In 1996, Essa Flory Hospice Center began offering inpatient palliative care. The need for inpatient care exceeded the center’s capacity, leading to a larger facility that maintains the homelike atmosphere of the original while focusing on connections with nature. The Mount Joy Center is comprised of 24 private rooms all overlooking gardens oriented south to receive the maximum benefits of sunlight year-round. The rooms are organized into three neighborhoods of 8 rooms, each with its own country kitchen, parlors and sun porch to provide comfortable socialization areas for family members.

Awards: Award of Merit, Special Recognition, Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Orchard Ridge, a National Lutheran Community

Winchester, VA

Phase one for this new CCRC included the first of four small houses envisioned by the master plan. The design pairs a 10-bed skilled care house and an 18-bed memory care house, each with its own distinct living, dining and core support services. The kitchen and service areas are positioned between the two for efficient service delivery without compromising the residential scale of the living spaces. Within the skilled nursing small house, the bedrooms are in a private wing separate from the generously-sized, open living room areas. Staff and support areas are located in the center of the plan for each house to maximize natural light and outdoor connections to the resident rooms and living areas.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Samaritan Center

Voorhees, NJ

The inpatient hospice care center, located on a hospital campus, features 18 private rooms, grouped in three wings. Each room has a private bathroom, a pullout bed for relatives, space for mementos and a private conversation alcove for family members. Each room also has direct views into surrounding gardens. To support family members, each household has a living room, eat-in kitchen and children’s area. Also included is a meditation chapel, counseling rooms, offices and conference spaces. The 98-seat multi-purpose room, adjacent to the front lobby, is also available for community events.


Photo Credit: Nathan Photography

Swope Care Center at Masonic Homes of Kentucky

Louisville, KY

This two-story, 136-bed care center is more than triple the size of the previous nursing facility. Rather than an increase in the number of beds, the spacious new center accommodates dedicated households that branch off of a lively Main Street, animated by a café, library and multi-purpose room. Bay windows in resident rooms not only expand outdoor views, but also provide space for a two-person table to accommodate in-room dining, if desired. In shared suites each bedroom has its own door to preserve residents’ privacy and dignity. The new care center also includes a physical therapy and 12-chair dialysis center adjacent to the rehab neighborhood.

Awards: Selected for Design Environments for Aging cosponsored by Vendome Group, SAGE, The Center for Health Design and The American Society of Interior Designers


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography