December 4, 2015

The Architecture of the Dempwolfs

Mark Shermeyer was recently the guest speaker at the York County Heritage Trust sponsored by OLLI at Penn State York. Mark’s presentation provided an overview of J.A. Dempwolf and his work, as well as his contributions to York. Mark has been researching Dempwolf’s work since 1980 and has taught numerous classes on this subject. This topic never gets old in York!!



November 12, 2015

Bundle of Sweetness!

Blessings abound as SAA expands their design team! Congratulations to our Interior Designer Courtney Cerjanic and her husband Drew, as they welcome Anniston Rose Cerjanic! This bundle of sweetness arrived on October 29th at 5:01pm, measuring 8 lb 4 oz and 20” long.
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Giraffes Can’t Dance (by Giles Andreae)


Danika Dallam, SAA’s Vice President, recently participated in Rotary York-North’s annual literacy program. She took time out of her daily schedule to read to several first grade classes in Northeastern School District to promote a love of reading! Danika read one of her boys’ favorites: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, which then resulted in a fantastic dance party full of fun! Rotary York-North also provides new books to be given to all of the students! We look forward to opportunities to make a positive impression in our communities. Do you have a favorite book to share or want to get involved? Contact us today!

September 29, 2015

Construction Update: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

SAAarchitects is excited to give an update on the construction of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. So far, there has been a complete demolition done on the Fellowship Hall (which includes the stage), the front and rear entrances, the kitchen, the storage room, and the Sunday School classroom. This demolition has been done in order to create new handicap accessible entrances, new fully accessible men and women’s restrooms, a new commercial grade kitchen space with a large walk-in pantry, and a refinished Fellowship Hall that will include new window openings. These window openings will allow more natural light into the space, creating changing illuminations throughout day. Thank you to our General Contractor, Keystruct Construction, for all of your hard work. We are beyond excited to reveal this project, which is on schedule to be completed around mid-to-late October of 2015.


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Dermatology Associates’ Center for Cosmetic Dermatology

Recently we held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Dermatology Associates’ Center for Cosmetic Dermatology. The former 3300 GSF optometry office has been transformed through a complete interior demolition and renovation. Included in the new center is a waiting room, reception area, check-out area, product sales displays, a procedure room, exam rooms, aesthetician rooms, a numbing room, a nurse work room, a management office, a staff break room, and a archive storage area. To accommodate all their patients, the center is completely handicapped accessible for patients and includes a new entrance ramp and vestibule.



Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hunter’s Hill Eye Care

Today we were very excited to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a medical office in York. The project includes the construction of an all-new 10,000 GSF medical office which will house Hunter’s Hill Eye Care and several other medical offices designed to provide excellent care for the local community’s needs. The building is conveniently located near Intestate 83 and the Route 30 interchange.

To seamlessly blend with the surrounding residential neighborhood and adjacent commercial properties, the exterior is designed in an arts and crafts style with a commercial influence. For the interior, our goal is to provide Hunter’s Hill Eye Care with a customized optometry office for their expanding optometry practice. To achieve this, we designed an upscale interior featuring 1,350 GSF showroom filled with designer eye-ware displays, 8 exam rooms, 4 pre-test and special testing rooms, a contact lens training room, an eyeglass lab, and fitting and adjustment spaces. We were thrilled to break ground on this project and are eager to see our designs come to fruition!

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ABC Keystone Chapter Building

Designed to make a statement and become a local landmark in Manheim, the ABC Keystone Chapter building is truly one-of-a-kind. Through the combination of the existing structure, a steel frame, and pre-engineered structures, the building was designed as a tool to educate the apprentices simply by interacting with it. The design incorporated various materials and details to show there is more than one way to design and construct a building, including decorative concrete masonry units in multiple colors and textures, two different metal panels in two different colors, standing seam metal and EPDM roofing systems, and aluminum storefront window systems. With the new addition, the building is now 31,238 GSF.

In order to be a useful educational tool for construction apprentices, the building addition includes a hands-on training center, classrooms, a computer lab, offices, a kitchenette, and building supply storage. The building also houses a high-tech multi-media classroom for webinars, board meetings, continuing education for members and their employees, and community education. Continuing the theme of education, the training center includes a manhole and a subterranean pipe for confined space training as well as a recessed concrete pit for hand work excavation and concrete formwork practice. Stairs lead to the roof, which was designed to support the weight of an entire class in order to practice fall safety and tying off for roof work.

Although this is not a LEED-accredited project, it was designed in the “spirit of LEED” using various techniques and features as required by a LEED-accredited building. These include natural daylighting through sun tunnels, motion sensors on lighting controls, interior vision panels to permit light into the interior spaces, high efficiency HVAC systems, LED light fixtures, roofs structured for future solar panels, and materials using recycled content.

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Background information of ABC Keystone: ABC Keystone represents over 600 construction-related firms locally and is also part of a national association with 72 chapters representing more than 19,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. Their members are involved in commercial, industrial, and institutional free enterprise construction throughout south-central PA. For more information, click here.

Interior Design of the ABC Keystone Chapter Building

SAAarchitects’ interior design of the ABC Keystone Chapter building was focused on the goal of the building serving as an educational tool for apprentices. To achieve this, steel was left exposed throughout the building — not just in the ceiling structure, but also in the columns, beams, and cross bracing — and was framed in multiple different configurations to show different methods of steel connections. Additionally, one corridor was left unfinished to show the materials that are concealed underneath the polished finished product. To quickly identify between water, gas, electric, and fire suppression lines, the exposed piping and conduit were painted a variety of colors. Typically framing, plumbing, electrical, and data are hidden behind the walls, however windows were created throughout the building to showoff the trades’ work. The reception desk’s design incorporates a layer of copper, steel, wood, and metal to represent the various construction trades coming together as one to represent ABC Keystone Chapter and free enterprise construction. SAAarchitects selected all of the finishes and furniture through the entire facility.

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ABC Keystone Background: ABC Keystone represents over 600 construction-related firms locally and is also part of a national association with 72 chapters representing more than 19,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. Their members are involved in commercial, industrial, and institutional free enterprise construction throughout south-central PA. For more information, visit their website:

Brook Hill Residence – Interior

The eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind interior of SAAarchitects’ Brook Hill Residence in York County was designed using state-of-the-art green building techniques. The residence features a spacious single floor, open-plan living layout to eliminate the formality of unused rooms. The cork flooring throughout the interior is a sustainable and recyclable material. Geothermal heating and cooling maximizes energy efficiency with natural gas for supplemental radiant floor heating, creating additional comfort in the winter for the homeowners. A house-wide ERV system provides constant air exchange, pre-cooling warm air, and pre-heating cold air to provide ventilation and humidity control that eliminates the need for traditional items such as bathroom fans. Natural light and light infiltration is incorporated throughout the home through the use of suntunnels, skylights, and etched glass doors. At night, the light fixtures in the suntunnels provide energy efficient LED light. Speaking of LED lighting, absolutely no incandescent lighting is present in the home — only LED lighting. As a whole, this innovative home aids the homeowners to live an environmentally conscious and sustainable life.

Additionally, the Brook Hill Residence is in the final stages of documentation to become a LEED for Home Certified Home, and will be the only LEED certified residence in York County!

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Interior Design of The First Post

The First Post is now open for business in the heart of Springettsbury Township in York. Housed in a historic building that dates back to the 1800’s, The First Post is serving American cuisine to coincide with the early 1900’s pub atmosphere felt throughout the restaurant. At full capacity, The First Post can seat up to 270 people in it’s 12,000 square feet. New renovations include decorative tin ceilings and custom wall panels made from repurposed church pews as well as portions of the back bar that come from a Pittsburgh tavern dating back to the 1800’s. Along with these new renovations, patrons can enjoy the preserved rooms from the original roadhouse. We are so excited to have been apart of the expansion and renovation of this historic project.

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