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  Country Meadows Retirement CommunityCountry Meadows Retirement Community


Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects
15 Simpson Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

General Description

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Nov 2011
Total Square Feet: 53,237 Site: 46.42 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 2,998; first floor, 50,239;
total, 53,237 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor, 19’9”, total, 31'9".
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, EIFS. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, P.C. - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Mechanical Engineer: Protech Mechanical Contractors, Inc. - 1913 McFarland Drive, Landisville, PA 17538
Electrical Engineer: Michael Dalcin Electrical Contractor - 2272 Community Drive, Bath, PA 18014
Food Service: Clark Food Service Equipment - 2209 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Country Meadows, founded in 1982 by former Pennsylvania Governor & Mrs. George M. Leader, includes ten campuses offering a variety of services to seniors, including Independent Living, Personal Care, Memory Support, and Skilled Nursing Care. As part of the expansion of the Allentown, Penn. campus, Cornerstone Design Architects worked alongside Country Meadows to develop a new, 50 unit, Independent Living Facility which adjoins the existing buildings on campus.

Taking into consideration the new building would unite with the existing facility, the focus for the articulation of the exterior facade was to provide a look that would tie into the existing buildings but provide an updated look. Exterior materials included EIFS, brick, and vinyl railings. The interior of the new facility offers a brand new commercial kitchen, dining space, resident apartments, outdoor courtyards, club room, lounge spaces, and resident storage.

Features of the apartments include unique, varying layouts, full operating kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private patios, courtyard access, and individual temperature controls. The apartments are available in studio, one, and two bedroom models, with a range of sizes available in each apartment type. The unique layouts provide a sense of individuality for the residents, in what could otherwise be an environment that fosters standardized layouts, treating every resident as if they have the same space needs.

Features of the common spaces include the dining room, where residents can order meals as though eating at their favorite restaurant, again promoting a sense of individuality for each resident. A feature of the dining room is the double-sided stone fireplace, occupying a prominent location in the center of the room and towering to the underside of the vaulted ceiling, with beams running across the vaulted space. The lounge spaces, club room, and various seating areas foster a sense of community and provide spaces for residents to interact and build relationships. The overall atmosphere, regarding finishes, is an elegant yet homelike feeling, with warm tones, multi-textural materials, and quality furnishings throughout. Eschewing the institutional feel of many outdated retirement facilities today, the new independent living facility at Country Meadows succeeds in providing a place that residents can be proud to call home.

Product Information
EIFS: Dryvit
Brick: Glen-Gery
Shingles: Timberline Lifetime Shingles
Windows: Hurd
Entrances & Storefronts: CECO
Doors & Frames: CECO
Gypsum: USG
Fluid Applied Flooring: Stonhard
Flooring: Miliken, Mannington

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