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  Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Page 26Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Cornerstone Design-Architects
320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604-3310

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 19,920
Construction Period: Sep 2001 to Aug 2002

Construction Team
General Contractor: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604
Structural Engineer: Providence Engineering - 117 South West End Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
Electrical Engineer: Mast Electric Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola, PA 17540
Electrical Engineer: Kirchoff Inc. - 2653 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
Landscape Architect: David Miller Associates, Inc. - 1078 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Cost Estimator: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, 
Lancaster, PA 17604

Expanding and modernizing Lancaster General Hospital’s nursing school building to serve as Lancaster General College of Health Sciences was a critical step toward meeting the growing community’s increased demand for healthcare professionals. The century-old building, once attended as Haupt Elementary School, simply could not accommodate the current and future healthcare education needs. So, when Lancaster General asked Cornerstone Design-Architects and Horst Construction to help, they joined forces to design and build the 19,920-square-foot addition and 19,000 square feet of renovations to the existing school on a three-quarter acre city site.

Located in a largely residential area in historical Lancaster City, just a block away from Lancaster General Hospital, the design and construction had multiple issues for Cornerstone Design-Architects to address. First and foremost was the preservation of the historical facade of the building. Cornerstone Design-Architects was committed to design the new and renovated space so that it would blend seamlessly into the turn-of-the-century style historic red brick building, yet allow the addition to present its own style and presence. Second, was the construction challenge of operating in a tight urban space with little room for equipment and safety zones. The third challenge was managing construction while maintaining access, egress and occupancy for the existing facility and meeting the deadline of the start of autumn classes.

Cornerstone Design-Architects embraced the exciting opportunity to preserve the historical aspects of the existing building and created a photo-realistic rendering so that the college and hospital teams could see exactly how the building would appear after construction and renovation. More importantly, the renderings proved helpful in presenting it to Lancaster City’s Conservation District Review Board. The Review Board originally requested that the addition be of all red brick to match the existing building, rather than include areas of stucco. Cornerstone Design’s president, Dale Yoder, AIA, presented the logic underlying the multiple masonry colors and wall areas of stucco as a means to visually reduce the scale of the building located adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Some members didn’t agree, however. The entire board was convinced when shown a realistic rendering showing all red brick.

The project included a three-story addition to the existing nursing school—four classrooms on the first level, and science, surgical, nursing arts and two assessment labs on the second level. The lower level will be available for future expansion. With the extra space, the school was able to enhance its computer-learning center and start a learning resource center in addition to increasing their student base. The renovations improved and modernized existing space for administrative offices and student lounge areas.

Other sections of the 100-year-old school were updated, with special attention given to preserving the South-side historical Lemon Street facade of the former Haupt Elementary School in its entirety within the atrium of the lobby of the new construction. The preservation of the original entrance facade that was incorporated as the prominent feature of the lobby atrium was well received by the Conservation District Review Board. 

Cornerstone Design-Architects and Horst Construction engaged the design drivers of cost, schedule, a very restrictive site and the historical conservation requirements of the City of Lancaster. Cornerstone and Horst helped Lancaster General work to maximize their educational space for current and future needs within the building footprint and built the best structural system possible, ensuring it performed for both budget and strength for longevity. The Cornerstone-Horst design/build approach to design and construction services facilitated the successful, on-time completion of the college. With the added bonus of having kept residents content throughout project, the design/build team of Cornerstone Design-Architects, Horst Construction and Lancaster General Hospital is thrilled with the Lancaster General College of Health Sciences building whose character is reminiscent of the past, all the while conveying an understated inclination for the future.

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