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  Creekside VillageCreekside Village

Architect

RMcKissick Associates, PC
317 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
www.mckissickassociates.com

General Description

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 stud drywall.


Construction Team

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.

 

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