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  Magnolia PlaceMagnolia Place


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

General Description

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Nov 2013 Construction Period: Nov 2013 to May 2015
Total Square Feet: 39,714
Site: .15 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 7 stories.
Building Sizes: Parking garage 1st floor, 5,796; parking garage 2nd floor, 5,812; 3rd through 6th floor, 5,628 each; 7th floor, 5,594; total, 39,714 square feet.
Building Height: Parking garage 1st floor, 9’5”; parking garage 2nd floor, 10’; 3rd through 6th floor, 10’8” each; 7th floor, 13’4”; total, 75’5”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, poured caissons.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, EIFS. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Providence Engineering Corporation - 10 Eisenhower Boulevard, Lancaster, PA 17603
Mechanical Engineer: Garden Spot Mechanical, Inc. - 336 Hostetter Road, Manheim, PA 17545
Electrical Engineer: Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. - 2201 S. Queen Street, York, PA 17402
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Caldwell, Heckles & Egan, Inc. - 1270 Grofftown Road, Lancaster, PA 17602
Site Engineer: Sanchez & Associates, Inc. - 460 N. George Street, Millersville, PA 17551

Magnolia Place is part of a great success story to the rebirth of Lancaster's downtown. The developing partners of JDV/MAD which included retired architect John de Vitry envisioned converting a vacant, former gas station lot in the heart of downtown Lancaster's historic district into 14 high-end condos with secure parking. This seven story building sits on a 0.15 (6,628 square foot) lot and houses 2 levels of parking and 5 floors of condos. The condos range in size from 1,560 square feet to 2,600 square feet and feature large open views of historic downtown Lancaster and private open-air terraces accented with magnolia buds in the decorative terrace railing.

The condos boast great connectivity to the urban lifestyle and are within walking distance to several amenities including: entertainment venues, restaurants, post office, library, and the oldest farmers# market in America. Vehicular parking is easily accessed from both Duke and Chestnut streets. Each condo features an open floor plan with kitchen, dining and living room. A master bedroom and bath with guest room and guest bath are incorporated into each condo. The Juliet windows and balconies feature large operable sliding doors with powder coated ornamental railings.

The steel moment frame structure and metal decked concrete floors are clad with clay unit masonry veneer for the first two floors, and EIFS for the upper five stories. The building cladding is supported by metal studs. The roof is a fully adhered TPO membrane roofing system. The building is fully sprinkled. Access to the upper parking deck is via a ramp with an electric resistance heat pad inset within the concrete ramp portion for increased safety during winter months. A back-up electric generator is located on the roof.

Challenges for this project included the site and subsurface soil conditions. The site formerly contained track from the Pennsylvania Railroad which connected to the downtown Lancaster train station and tobacco warehouse foundations amid a present day gas station. Due to unsuitable soils and unfit backfill, 24 caissons were incorporated into the foundation system. The caissons were drilled to bedrock, and ranged in depth from 20 - 50 feet. Another challenge was temporary shoring for the site and maintaining the structural integrity of neighboring buildings as they excavated for the lower garage floor level.

Cornerstone Design-Architects and design team developed the plans using Revit Architecture. It worked closely with John de Vitry to carry out his initial schematic concept plans. The detailed architectural model greatly improved the quality of collaboration needed between the structural engineer, consultants, and contractor.

The Magnolia Place partners anticipated seeing a demand for people now living in larger cities, but native to Lancaster County. They also anticipated a market for young professionals with many law and medical offices nearby. At the completion of construction, thirteen of the fourteen condos were sold. Eleven of which were sold before groundbreaking.

Project Information
Building Cladding: Outsulation - Plus MD System by Dryvit
Roofing: Firestone UltraPly TPO
Operable Sliding Glass Doors & Windows: Pella
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp

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