Pointe at Carlisle|
48-50 W. Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
Date Bid: Oct 2011 Construction Period: Nov 2011 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 47,075 Site: 7.04 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 5,710; first floor, 30,298; second
total 47,075 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 11’ 4”; first floor, 13’ 2”; second
floor, 9’ 6”; total, 34’.
Basic Construction Type: Expansion/Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, load
bearing metal studs, EIFS. Roof: Membrane, SSR metal roof.
Floors: Concrete, precast, hollow core plank.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, PC - 26-28 Market
Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
Mechanical Engineer: G.F. Bowman, Inc. - 7835 Paxton Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Electrical Engineer: Haller Enterprises, Inc. - 212 Bucky Drive,
Lititz, PA 17543
Site Engineers: RGS Associates - 53 W. James Street, #101,
Lancaster, PA 17603
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Arthur Funk & Sons - 1405
Birch Road, Lebanon, PA 17042
Interiors Design: Godshall Commercial Interiors - 2551 Ponderosa
Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Cornerstone Design - Architects was contacted in early 2011 by a
Design-Build Contractor, Arthur Funk & Sons, about healthcare
renovations and an addition for Chapel Pointe at Carlisle retirement
community. The Contractor had worked with the client during the previous
year to develop a conceptual approach and was now soliciting proposals
from architects. Cornerstone reviewed the Request for Proposal and
quickly assessed that there was a code issue with the conceptual design.
In an initial get-to-know meeting with the executive director of the
community, Cornerstone mentioned a concern about the expansion of the
healthcare into the ground floor of an adjacent independent living
building. The contractor was asked if they had checked the NFPA 101 Life
Safety requirements for construction type and number of stories
allowable for that kind of facility as regulated by Pennsylvania's
Department of Health. Cornerstone was asked to investigate so the
executive director could report back to her board.
A significant code issue was discovered and reported back to her even
before Cornerstone was awarded the project. Cornerstone, alongside the
contractor began to investigate various options for providing the
expansion and transformations of the institutional model healthcare into
more homelike households. Chapel Pointe had considered potential health
center renovations at various points in the previous ten years, but
finalized the decision to create three households with private rooms,
and maintain the 69 licensed beds.
Initially the expansion included relocating the independent living units
and the repositioning of the adjacent building. The next solution
suggested by the design-build contractor was to displace the apartments
and utilize the area of the footprint for the existing building to
create the expansion for the health center.
At a design meeting, Cornerstone suggested a concept to place the third
household at a second floor level perpendicular to the existing health
center, essentially building out over part of the existing. The concept
was embraced and the best part was that it saved approximately $1.5
million in budget, while preserving all the independent units that
existed. In fact, with a strategic placement of the elevator and
pedestrian bridges, the independent living apartments on the second
floor were also made accessible!
Furthermore, by creating "L" shaped households on the ground floor, a
corridor could be incorporated that connected the new entrance with the
rest of the facility that included assisted living and the more
independent living units. It provided a means for internal connectivity
with most of the retirement community campus. In the space that was
between healthcare and the rest of the complex, and adjacent to the
commercial kitchen, Cornerstone was able to decommission that area from
DOH jurisdiction and create a café area, with outside connection to a
The renovations and expansion into three households and a café area
transformed the living experience of the residents. A personal friend of
Cornerstone, who does assessments for a mental health network, commented
that Chapel Pointe does a great job of care giving regardless of the
physical environment. None-the-less, she recently commented that the
household environment has resulted in a great reduction of the number of
healthcare residents needing her services at Chapel Pointe. A
well-designed and constructed homelike environment can greatly reshape
the living experience for the residents, a rewarding result of excellent
Roofing: Hanover Architectural Products
Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Flooring: J & J Invision, Patcraft, Interface FLOR, Florida Tile,
Windows: Anderson Windows
Interior: National Gypsum Company
Lighting: Lithonia, Progress Lighting, Kichler, Feiss