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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January 29, 2013

SAA Awarded Another VAMC Project

SAAarchitects has been awarded a project for Audiology Center renovations at the VA Fort Detrick Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), Ft. Detrick, MD. The Audiology Center will involve renovations and modifications to an existing conference area to provide testing and diagnostic facilities, and will include a testing booth, control lab, office and dual conference room facility.

This is part of SAA’s continuing work with the VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, WV, and our firms services in the healthcare market.