SAA’s Brook Hill Residence Obtains LEED Certification

It was a true honor for our Brook Hill Residence project to be officially LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council this past Wednesday.

Since first opening our doors, we have been focused on being green-minded architects, and our Brook Hill home was just recognized in a plaque ceremony for this very purpose.

The home is the very first in York County to be fully green and LEED certified. Its orientation encourages passive solar gain through major glass areas. Each feature both inside and outside of the building (from the color the walls have been painted to the landscape outside) is fully green. We are truly proud of this accomplishment.

The home’s green features include:
  • EnergyStar Certified appliances
  • Radon Resistant construction
  • HERS Rating: 56
  • Full LED lighting
  • Sealed natural gas fireplace
  • High efficiency plumbing fixtures
  • Hot water recirculation system
  • Environmentally preferred products
  • Low VOC paints and finishes
  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • ERV system (for constant air exchange)
  • Maximum use of natural light
  • High LRV interior wall and ceiling colors
During Wednesday’s ceremony, we were awarded a plaque by Heidi Kunka, the Executive Director from the Central PA USGBC. We were also joined by York County Commissioner Chris Reilly who generously spoke during the ceremony, and by many close friends, valued clients and locals.

Union House Project Receives Enterprise Green Communities Certification

We are proud to announce that our Union House project in Lykens, PA has received final certification from Enterprise Green Communities! This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing high-performance, healthy homes.

James Moriarty, Vice President of Sustainable Comfort, Inc. noted, “Congratulations on a successful project, this is certainly one of the hardest projects in terms of conflicting requirements we have been a part of. Appreciate all your hard work, and everybody on the team for making this a success.” The challenges mentioned stemmed from PHFA Funding and NPS Historic Tax Credits, but despite navigating these difficulties, our team was successful!

Enterprise Green Communities has very stringent design requirements with regards to energy consumption, and we have worked to be a green-focused architectural firm from the start, so this is a very special honor!
Our Union House project isn’t the only very green-focused project we have recently completed! In fact, we have another very exciting green-building announcement coming up next week–stay tuned!
Union House Apartments

Union House Apartments, Israel Building

Union House Hotel

Union House Hotel

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.

Iron Horse

Iron Horse

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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

Project Update: Union House Apartments

Take a look at the stunning progress that has been made in the Israel Building of our Union House Apartments Project! This is part of an $11 million adaptive-reuse job involving the restoration of two very historic buildings that each date back to the early 1900’s. The buildings are owned by Home Leasing. Their restoration will turn them into affordable housing units in Lykens, PA, which will offer tenants Federal Low Income Tax Credits as well as Historic Tax Credits.

From the looks of it, things are off to an excellent start! The gleaming wood, large windows, and beautiful natural lighting are all sure to please those who move in. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as this historical project is completed.

Union House Apartments

Union House Apartments, Israel Building

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TNWS Amazing Kid’s Club Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday, April 21st SAAarchitects was proud to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for TrueNorth Wellness Services’ Amazing Kid’s Club. The club will offer counseling and therapy services to children in preschool through 21 years of age who are on the autism spectrum. We are honored to support such an impactful and inspirational program.

To design the building, cues were taken from the on-site barn structure, and items from the barn were saved in order to be authentically incorporated. The space will feature 24,000 GSF of new construction and will include 21 therapy rooms, 2 training kitchens, large gross motor skills rooms, an art room, a sensory therapy and relaxation therapy room, and meeting rooms and offices for staff members.

Our firm was able to develop and provide complete interior design services for this project, and in doing so, we got to work closely with the staff to choose the perfect finishes to enhance their therapeutic environment and properly stimulate the children who visit.

To complete this project, we;ve partnered with Holland Construction (GC,) Paragon Engineering Services (MEP,) Durst & Taylor Structural Engineers, and Gordon L. Brown Associates (civil engineers.) We look forward to seeing the beautiful building when it is complete, and to watching TNWS Amazing Kid’s Club as it expands, thrives, and changes lives! Check back for updates.

TrueNorth Groundbreaking Ceremony

TrueNorth Groundbreaking Ceremony

Self Storage Trio Dubbed ‘Dream Team’

York-based companies SAAarchitects, Storage Construction, and Storage Asset Management have all worked within the self storage industry along the Eastern Seaboard. The trio continues to team together on some impressive projects, and has thus gotten to know each others’ methods and industry approaches thoroughly. Over the last 15 years, their collaborative accomplishments have birthed an industry team that is able to provide greater benefits to clients than ever before, earning them the title of “Self Storage Dream Team” as dubbed by several current clients.

SAAarchitects is an award-winning architectural firm led by President Mark D. Shermeyer AIA, LEED ® GA and Vice President Danika R. S. Dallam NCARB LEED ® GA. After celebrating a 20-year anniversary milestone this year, the firm has continued to provide complete planning and design services to clientele across Pennsylvania and along the eastern seaboard states, reaching as far south as Florida and as far north as Massachusetts. The company’s portfolio is diverse, and includes 3.1 million square-feet (SF) of self-storage industry projects and over 75 storage facilities. Some of these projects include development of a prototype and signature look for multi-facility developers, conversions of historic structures to self storage that have received preservation awards, and creative solutions of challenging sites or existing structures to maximize net rentable space. All of these projects are approached with a fresh perspective to focus on exceeding clients’ expectations and desired end results.

Storage Asset Management (SAM) is a self-storage focused Third Party Management company owned by Jay Hoke and Alyssa Quill. SAM is also located in York, PA. The company boasts over 50 years of industry experience and over 160 employees at their store, regional, and corporate levels. Together they manage over 75 properties that encompass more than 3.4 million SF of self storage. They work to serve self storage owners throughout the U.S who are looking for additional management assistance, and also assist owners with marketing, revenue management, training, financial reporting, and property management.

Storage Construction is another neighboring York, PA company led by Scott Forry and Rod Lockhard. They provide both general contractor and construction management services primarily for the Mid-Atlantic region exclusively for the self-storage industry. Their team has constructed over 50 self storage facilities in excess of 2 million square feet. Having also owned, managed and operated their own 50-plus facilities over the past 17 years, they are industry experts.

When their services combine, these companies offer an incredible amount of collaborative knowledge to provide a seamless process from start to finish–even for the experienced owner. The team can assist any client from the initial feasibility analysis and design phase through permit approval and construction, followed by ongoing facility marketing and management. There is no doubt that with their combined efforts this “Dream Team” will continue to accomplish great things in the industry, and leave happy clients in their wake.

Dream Team

Dream Team

Penn Center Project Highlight

The former Sears building, originally built in 1964, that sits along business route 22 in Pittsburgh, PA is getting a face-lift. The building totals around 160,000 square feet, and will offer retail spaces as well as self storage. It will be known as the Penn Center East building complex.

The building’s new facade will be made up of cast stone surrounding the store fronts, giving it a fresh and beautiful look. The inside will be steel-framed with masonry infill. The mixed uses offered by the facility’s layout will allow the owner to tailor offerings to changes in market trends and customer needs.

We are proud to pair with CJL Engineering, CEC Engineering and AES Engineering to work on this project, and wish the Penn Center East building complex much success! Check back to see updates as construction on this project as it officially begins through completion.

Penn Center East Complex

Penn Center East Complex

Sneak Peek: Roselle Self Storage

Have a sneak peek this week at one of our upcoming projects: Roselle Self Storage. Construction on this beautiful building is set to start soon. The historic building involved was formerly Roselle Paper Company factory, and this project will work to convert it into 130,000 GSF of self-storage space. Care will be taken to preserve the historic Art Deco facades of the building, which will have direct access for the convenience of customers on both it’s front two levels and its rear levels. To complete this project, we are pairing with Storage Construction for construction management, Providence Engineering Corporation for structural engineering, and Paragon Engineering Services for MEP engineering. Check back with us to see the progress we make and, of course, the final photos!

Roselle Self Storage

Roselle Self Storage

Making the Best of Misfortunes

Recently, those of us at SAAarchitects learned very well how to make the best of an unfortunate situation. On January 1st of this year, a fire started in our office building, on the floor just above us. The fire caused the building’s automatic sprinkler system to turn on, which in turn caused water damage to approximately 1/3-1/2 of our office area. Although we were disappointed in the extent of the water damage, we couldn’t possibly imagine the level of damage that may have occurred if these sprinkler systems were not in place and working properly.

Because our existing flooring is discontinued, the water damage suffered meant that we had to replace our entire office floor. Additionally, we had to repaint and reconstruct our custom built-in desks and cabinetry, and replace both office equipment and furniture. During this time, we were grateful to be able to keep the office open and fully functioning with all usual staff.

While we don’t wish this type of experience on anyone, it gave us an opportunity to use a bit of our expertise on planning renovations for our own building, and it certainly reminded our staff of how fortunate we truly are.

Fire Photos

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Fire Misfortunes

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