December 10, 2014

East Manchester House Moved

SAA is excited to be a part of this unique project!  Moving a 1954 brick rancher to a new location on the Gross family’s 380-acre farm.  In total, the family home was moved about one mile and took only three hours to complete.  No project is too big or too small, too near or too far, SAA can assist with your project in many ways!  For more information on the move check out the article below.

East Manchester House Moved to Make Room for Mega Warehouse


June 16, 2014

The VAMC Martinsburg Pool House Gets Even More Refreshing

A complete interior and exterior renovation at the VAMC Martinsburg Pool House has wrapped just in time for enjoyment in the hot summer months to come. This renovation has improved the Pool House structurally and gave the previously dated pool building an updated “Bahama Islands” look.
Improvements included the construction of new exterior cladding and standing seam roof with a new roof monitor for additional ventilation and natural light. Original window openings were replaced with exterior shutters for better ventilation and privacy in the pool house. The existing deck was expanded using composite decking that is a denser, stronger material to withstand weathering. A vinyl clad pergola on the pool deck and wrought iron fence enclosure were also added to the outside area. Interior finishes are stainless steel toilet partitions, ceramic tile shower stalls, solid surface countertops, epoxy floors, and a vibrant, lively color palette. A perfect combination of elements to enhance the relaxing island atmosphere.



May 14, 2014

Architect of Record for $5.2M Expansion of ABC’s Rapho Township Facility

SAAarchitects supports the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a $5.2 million expansion of ABC’s Rapho Township facility. ABC partnered with SAA to triple the square footage of the existing space, which will be dedicated to educational programs. More details about this impactful project featured in this CPBJ article


March 14, 2014

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

What is one thing that highly creative people do differently? Productive daydreaming. In fact, stepping out of our own perspective and exploring other ways of thinking can be a highly engaged brain state leading to unique insights. It allows us to get out of our normal thinking patterns to gain a different viewpoint.

When and where do you do your most productive daydreaming? What great ideas have you stumbled upon while daydreaming?

Danika’s favorite time to daydream is while doing ordinary, daily routines like cleaning the kitchen or loading the dishwasher. It’s her way of making those mundane tasks more enjoyable. “I do my best problem solving while daydreaming. For instance, I will be thinking about a hurdle to overcome with a new project, and a possible solution will come to me,” she explains.

For additional things that highly creative people do differently, check out this Huffington Post article: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

February 28, 2014

Continued Dedication to Community Improvement

SAAarchitects is pleased to announce that Mark D. Shermeyer, president and founder of SAA, has been appointed a new member of the Board of Directors and the Projects & Facilities Committee of the York Area Housing Group (YAHG). YAHG’s mission is a great fit with SAAarchitects’ ideals; the common goal being to improve communities, strengthen neighborhoods, and stabilize lives. SAAarchitects is dedicated to supporting local projects to help improve the community for years to come. Mr. Shermeyer also actively participates as a member of the City of York’s Historic Architecture Review Board (HARB), where he has previously held position as Chairperson for multiple years in addition to regular membership.

YAHG provides quality housing for individuals with limited resources. The York Housing Development Corporation, the first of many companies under YAHG’s umbrella, started the movement for affordable living in 1971. With the help of many dedicated members, like Mr. Shermeyer, the organization has successfully developed and co-developed over 500 units of affordable housing throughout York County.


Historic Renovations Restore Beauty With New Purpose

SAAarchitects embarks on a complete interior and exterior renovation of two significant historic buildings that will result in more housing options in Lykens, PA. The transformation of the Dauphin County buildings– the Israel Building and The Hotel Lykens– will become the Union House Apartments. The Israel Building, named after the original builder in 1903, is a Late Victorian era commercial building that previously contained three levels of retail stores, offices, and a fraternal lodge meeting room. The Hotel Lykens was formerly a four-story hotel, constructed from 1902 to its completion in 1926. In addition to functioning as a hotel, the building also contained a formal dining room, café, retail space, and a bank. The building’s architecture represents a vernacular Beaux Arts style; expressing the academic neoclassical architectural style that originated in France in the late 18th century. Both buildings are among the few along Main & Market Street corridors to have survived the floods of Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
The integrity of these remarkable buildings will continue to stand strong as they are transformed with new purpose into studio, one, and two bedroom apartments– totaling at approximately 29 units between both buildings. SAAarchitects is in the early schematic design phase, which includes unit layout, unit mix review with the developer, detailed review of historic features with a historic preservation consultant and completion of applications for state funding. This renovation project, with early cost estimates in the $10M range, will use historic preservation tax credits and multiple funding sources including application to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and additional state funding. Stayed tuned for more information as this historic renovation project progresses.

February 14, 2014

A Fresh Start Meets Innovative Design

To help establish their roots, a family that is relocating to the Hershey, PA area has partnered with SAAarchitects to design a custom residence that will help tell the story of their transplant to the new community. The concept plan incorporates the owner’s preferred style of minimalist industrial and is visually based on an agricultural plow– the idea stemming from the family’s experience in planting the seed for a new life in a new environment. The new build’s site is on a substantial area of farmland where its industrial design will provide nice visual contrast, like a piece of equipment plowing among the topography of the site’s natural farmlands (of which the family intends to continue farming).

Some materials for the 5,200 square foot build are to be precast concrete walls, sealed concrete floor with in-floor radiant heat, aluminum storefront windows, solid wood doors and cabinets with concrete countertops, exposed Parallam beams and steel frames which will collectively provide a raw, natural appearance. Additional features of the build include a three-car garage, main level living plus partial walk-out basement level with a pool and patio, and loft spaces in the great room and each of the children’s bedrooms. Check back to see how this new build blossoms!

February 4, 2014

SAAarchitects Helps Warm the Community with Crocheted Creations

As the unseasonably frigid weather continues, SAA’s Danika Dallam finds a way to help bring back the warmth to the community by crocheting sets of hats, scarves, and mittens to donate to a local clothing bank. Crocheting began as a pastime while at her sons’ sports practices, and Danika soon realized she could put this hobby to good use to help those in need. The crocheted sets pictured were donated last week to a local church prior to their monthly community breakfast, in which their clothing and food banks are open to attendees in need.

Have outdoor wears that you would like to donate? Check out the list below for donation locations:

crochet-editedHeidelburg United Church of Christ

47 West Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17401
(717) 854-7125
Rev. Amy Schultz

Columbia Presbyterian Church

360 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512
(717) 684-6271
Rev. David Powers

Seasonal donations are greatly welcomed! Warm wishes to all from the SAA team!

January 28, 2014

H&H Casting Expands for Additional Warehouse, Manufacturing and Office Space

SAAarchitects is in the construction phase of expanding H&H Casting’s existing 84,000 square foot metal casting facility. This project will add 8,500 square feet of warehouse, manufacturing and office space to the facility, located in Hellam, PA. Despite weather delays, the masonry and steel work are underway, and the roof and storefront are expected to begin in the next few weeks. New materials for the exterior facade, including metal panels, fiber cement panels, and split face masonry with metal canopies, will provide an updated, industrial look for the building.



Rejuvenating Former York Casket Company Building



SAAarchitects embarks on Phase 2 of their three-phase restoration project to reenergize York County’s residential community. Linden Lofts’ Phase 1 offers 29 loft-style residences in the former Wagon and Gear Company building. Construction is underway for Phase 2– an adaptive reuse of the former York Casket Company manufacturing facility, originally a carriage works manufacturing facility built in 1900.

Phase 2 will transform over 40,000 square feet into 20 lofts/apartments and feature a parking garage and green outdoor common area. Along with the construction of Phase 2, Phase 3’s design has begun with a blank slate of over 53,000 square feet that will be utilized to create 24 lofts/apartments. Special features of this phase will include a covered picnic area, rooftop deck, antique machinery and community rooms on each level.

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