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  Chapel Pointe at CarlisleChapel Pointe at Carlisle


Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 W. Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Oct 2011 Construction Period: Nov 2011 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 47,075 Site: 7.04 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 5,710; first floor, 30,298; second floor, 11,067;
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.

Project Team

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 courtyard area.

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 design.

Product Information
Roofing: Hanover Architectural Products
Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Flooring: J & J Invision, Patcraft, Interface FLOR, Florida Tile, Altro, Armstrong
Windows: Anderson Windows
Interior: National Gypsum Company
Lighting: Lithonia, Progress Lighting, Kichler, Feiss
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp

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