Project Update: Iron Horse York

We’re excited to have professional photos completed of one of our recent projects: Iron Horse York. This is an industrial-themed bar and restaurant that we provided layout and permit drawings for. If you haven’t stopped in to check it out and you find yourself nearby, be sure to do so! The unique and inviting design was the vision of owner Charlie Elias who also owns Café Fresco in Harrisburg.

Iron Horse features that have been the delight of lots of happy guests are: a pizza over, large group banquet/meeting room, exposed structures, historic belt driven ceiling fans and custom-made tables and banquette seating. M. Saw made the tabletops and banquettes while Salvaging Creativity created the table bases.
The idea for the restaurant’s industrial theme came from York’s industrial roots. Since the Iron Horse first opened, many have enjoyed its delicious food and innovative atmosphere.

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Iron Horse


Project Highlight: Union House Hotel

We’re excited to show more of the beautiful progress on our Lykens, PA Union House Apartments project: The Union House Hotel. These photos were taken on the Hotel side of the building. This $11 million adaptive-reuse project helped to restore the former Lykens Hotel building, which was built around 1902-1902.

The hotel is housed in a 4-story Beaux Arts building that features a beautiful, bright lobby, large windows and open spaces. This restorative project was developed and funded through the Hockenbury System for community development.

In working on this project, we partnered with Edgemere Developent. It was exciting to be part of such a historically-rich project and to have worked to preserve that history while planning this fresh, new look.
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Union House Hotel

Union House Hotel

SAA Projects Receive ABC Keystone Awards

SAAarchitects’ projects were the recent recipients of 3 ABC Keystone merit and excellence awards. Award-winning architectural projects include our ABC Keystone addition and renovation, Flagger Force Corporate Office renovation, and York Outdoor Country Club’s Bistro on the Green addition.

ABC Keystone’s addition was completed with Kinsley Construction and won an ABC Excellence Award for Community/Public Service Project. Our Flagger Force Project, done in partnership with Keystruct Construction won an ABC Excellence Award for renovation under $1 million. Last but not least, our Bistro on the Green expansion for York Out Door Country Club was completed with Keystruct Construction and won an ABC Merit Award for Commercial Project under $2 million.

These projects were each unique and wonderful experiences for us. Additional details and photographs on each can be found in our blog archives and portfolio.

The awards were given out at the Associated Builders and Contractor’s Keystone Chapter Excellence in Construction gala. We are grateful to everyone who partnered with us to make these projects successful, and are very proud to have been honored in this way.

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Welcome to York, Iron Horse!

It is always amazing to see a project that started out as merely permit drawings on paper come to fruition. This month, York will welcome a new industrial-themed restaurant called the Iron Horse. The restaurant will provide guests with not only a unique environment but also tasty eats. Serving on part of the project team to initially get this idea off of the ground was a true pleasure for our team, and we wish the restaurant much success.

Owner Calogero Elia has been involved in the restaurant business since age 7, and has waited to bring this particular vision to life until he found the perfect location, which happened to be on 1 West Market Street in York. Local artists helped to make his vision a reality by attending to all of the unique and creative details.

According to a recent news report from the York Daily Record, the Iron Horse’s menu will offer delicious dishes from bone-in rib-eye steaks and artisan pizzas to classic burgers and sauteed mussels. We thank everyone for allowing us to be involved in the development of this new restaurant. If you’re hungry enough to eat a horse–head to the Iron one!

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Iron Horse Restaurant, York, PA

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!

Grand Opening of The First Post

The First Post sign.Last night was the much anticipated grand opening of the newly renovated restaurant, The First Post, located in the heart of Springettsbury Township in York. As a historical landmark and an important part of local history, we were excited to have played an integral role in helping a local family bring this vision to life.

As part of the renovation process, we designed the exterior to reflect the historic nature of a timeless village street scape, which was created by adding additions to the sides of the original structure. By designing each addition to feel like it’s own unique structure we were able to provide patrons and local residents with a beautiful setting that feels like it has always been here.Front of The First Post

Additional renovations included a wrap around porch that evokes memories of the days where people would gather in friendship and talk about local news. The rear of the building was expanded to open up the interior and allow more space for dining.

Dating back to the 1800’s, the name “The First Post” comes from adventurous travelers roaming down Lincoln Highway and stopping at this location to grab a hot meal or cold drink to help keep their spirits high and their energy up before entering York. We were delighted to help breathe new life into this important landmark. Keep a look out for additional posts and pictures centered around the interior renovations next week!

For more information about the The First Post and to read their delicious menu, click here to read a piece done by The York Daily Record.

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A Glimpse at ‘Bistro on the Green’

Here’s a sneak peek inside of Out Door Country Club York’s “Bistro on the Green.” This exclusive dining area backs up to the golf course directly and features stunning design work and a beautiful bar. Members and guests can pull up a chair and enjoy a delicious meal with their favorite drink—this new expansion is sure to be enjoyed again and again, and we were so excited to have helped with it.
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A fresh peek at ABC Keystone

In April, SAAarchitects celebrated the grand opening of the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders’ expansion in Mannheim, PA. This project provides an incredibly valuable new apprentice training and education center which is 3 times the size of the previous building.

We recently received some great professional shots of the building and wanted to share them with you! The photo captured here shows the building’s new exterior, with additional square footage, expected to almost double student enrollment within the next few years.

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. We wish them all the best with this incredible, community-focused project!ABC 0002

Out Door Country Club – Latest Update

Announcing another great update to our Out Door Country Club Project—and highlighting some of its special features in addition to the patio and kitchen. Construction of this beautiful renovation is focused on  a large custom bar, specialty pizza oven from Australia designed to make the perfect artisan pizzas and flatbreads, and a cozy fire pit for cool summer nights. We look forward to finishing this job and letting members and visitors enjoy these wonderful amenities! IMG_4393 IMG_4379 2015-05-08 09.44.15

March 12, 2015

Providing Valuable Growth for ABC Keystone Chapter Building

SAAarchitects is wrapping up another great project: expansion of the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders, Inc. building in Manheim, PA. This project leaves behind an incredibly valuable new apprentice training & education center that will be triple the size of the prior office building.

The chapter has projected that the increase in square footage will help them to almost double enrollment numbers for students over the next few years, and will also allow them to expand on the amount of trades they offer classes in. The image below highlights the unique and modern steel structure of one of the building’s finishing touches: the reception desk. A Grand Opening Event and ribbon-cutting ceremony are currently planned for April 7th, 2015.

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.We were thrilled to partner with them for this truly impactful project.

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