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

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

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

Brooke Grove

Sandy Spring, MD

The first phase of the rehabilitation wing added 56 beds, with a second phase of 14 beds starting immediately upon completion of Phase I. In addition to a two-story physical therapy gym, a variety of living, activity and dining spaces were included to create a comfortable and appealing environment to promote visits from family and friends. Both the physical environment and programming encourage privacy, independence and choice. The resident rooms include personal vanity areas, accessible roll-in European showers and oversized windows.


Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Samaritan Summit Village

Watertown, NY

This non-profit medical provider was awarded a Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers, or HEAL, NY grant to build a new 288-bed facility to provide nursing care and assisted living. The building layout for the 168-bed skilled nursing center allows visitors and staff to directly access any neighborhood without walking through other units. Resident social spaces, including living rooms, activity rooms, parlors and dining rooms, are connected and open to the corridor. Resident rooms are designed to accommodate dining and allow for social interactions with other residents, staff and visitors. The commons building includes a multi-purpose room, gift shop, cafe, meditation room, beauty salon, medical clinic and a physical therapy suite.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography