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

June 16, 2017

Meet our summer interns!

At SAA, we enjoy not only practicing what we know, but passing that knowledge on to others as well. This summer, we are working with two architectural interns: Jordan Swartz and Peter Gauthier.
Jordan attends Penn State University and will be completing her Bachelor of Architecture there this December. She is currently on hiatus with SAA while she participates in an intensive, 6-week study abroad program in Japan and South Korea. We wish her the best of luck with this adventure and look forward to hearing all about it upon her return.
Peter currently holds a Bachelor of Science and Sustainable Design from Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is additionally pursuing his Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon this fall, and we have no doubt that he will do an incredible job with this endeavor.
We thank Jordan and Peter for spending time learning with us each day, and look forward to a fun summer with them.


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


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

May 18, 2017

Meet the SAA Rescue Pets

SAA President Mark Shermeyer and Vice President Danika Dallam aren’t just passionate about architecture, as it turns out, they’ve also both been parents of rescue pets. Over the years, they’ve each adopted dogs from PA Caring for K-9s (PACK9) and Animal Rescue Inc. PA Caring for K-9s is an organization that rescues dogs from high kill shelters in the south and brings them to PA to find loving, forever homes. Every other weekend, PACK9 brings about 30 dogs to PA in hopes of getting them adopted. If you’re interested in rescuing your next pet, these are great places to begin your search!

Danika’s family adopted their Australian Shepherd mix Cayenne in April of 2015. She is now 2 years old. The playful pup earned her name because of her red fur coloring and spicy personality. In addition, they adopted Ava just a few weeks ago in April. She is a 16-week old German Shepherd/Border Collie mix and one of Cayenne’s best buddies. Ava earned her name after several family name votes that resulted in no mutual agreements. Although “Ava” wasn’t anyone’s first choice, it was one that everyone liked, and it has quickly become the perfect fit.

Mark recently adopted his lab mix named Gavin through Animal Rescue Incorporated. Gavin is originally from Puerto Rico and was named at the shelter. All the dogs have very sweet personalities and have been perfect family additions for both Mark and Danika.

Visit PA Caring for K-9’s website or Facebook page to browse through some wonderful pictures of dogs who are currently awaiting adoption, or visit animalrescueinc.org to do the same. Mark and Danika have become firm believers in the value that the #adoptdontshop philosophy can bring to a home!

SAA Rescue Pets

SAA Rescue Pets

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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

April 20, 2017

Happy National Get to Know Your Customer’s Day!

It’s National Get to Know Your Customer’s Day, and we thought that we would take the opportunity to talk a little bit about ours!
Since opening 20 years ago, we have averaged about 100 new customers each year. We enjoy meeting new people from all around the area. Although our main reach began in Central PA, we have now expanded to service customers in FL, SC, NC, WV, VA, DE, NJ, MD, NY and beyond. Servicing a variety of customers from a variety of areas has helped us to have our hands on a very diverse group of projects spanning both private sector commercial to residential and even local and state government.

One of our very favorite customer testimonials came from the recently retired CEO of the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., John R. Zimmer. In a letter that means quite a bit to us, he wrote, “…we found the SAA team to not only be creative and innovative but also very responsive to problems and challenges that came up…” and “Working with SAAarchitects has been extremely positive and we are proud they are part of ABC.” We love making our customers proud, and attribute much our our firm’s success to those we service. Our customers have made us who we are today, and we are very grateful to each and every one of them!

ABC ribbon cutting

ABC ribbon cutting ceremony

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

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