RMcKissick Associates, PC
317 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Sep 2008
Construction Period: Oct 2008 to Nov 2009
Total Square Feet: 16,150 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: Five.
Building Size: First floor, 16,150; total, 16,150 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; total, 12’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Vinyl. Roof:
Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood
General Contractor: H. R. Weaver Building Systems, Inc. - 47
Palmyra Bellegrove Road, Annville, PA 17003
Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: IEQ Engineering - 15 North Front
Street, #300, Steelton, PA 17113
Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect: Fischbach Morgan &
Associates, LLC - 1 Kacey Court, #201, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
In November of 2006, non-profit group, Volunteers of America (VOA) of
Pennsylvania contacted McKissick Associates Architects with the goal of
developing housing on a recently aquired parcel. One of the nations
largest developers of low income housing their goal was to create 15
assisted living housing units as an outreach of their community aid
initiatives. The focus group for these units was to be veterans. The
design was to take a long view towards quality and maintainability as it
was VOA's stated intent to own and maintain the project for a minimum of
39 years in accordance with HUD Section 811 requirements.
Design documents were developed from start to finish in five months to
meet expiring funding deadlines although other funding issues delayed
the start of construction for nearly 18 months. The project was
delivered on a negotiated bid basis, with funding assistance through a
mixture of US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the
Dauphin County Community & Economic Development, the Pennsylvania
Department of Community & Economic Development, private donations, and
VOA internal funding sources.
After the initiation of design, the 10 acre site was ultimately
discovered to be comprised of over 70% wetlands. This necessitated a
multiple building solution that also required far more roadway
development resulting in a disproportionate site development cost.
Coupled with the hyper construction materials inflation in 2007-2008;
two rounds of value engineering were ultimately required to cover
increased site development scope and maintain budgetary requirements.
Ultimately a sensitive site layout was developed with a variety of
sustainable design features. Given the narrow building area, the design
entailed the construction of five separate structures four residential
buildings with a mixture of 3 and 5 unit one story groupings and a
community building with managers residence. When ultimately completed in
November of 2009, the 650 square foot units were 100% "visitable" and
included 30% fully handicaped accessible one bedroom living units.