Cornerstone Design Architects
48-50 W. Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
Date Bid: Nov 2013 Construction Period: Nov 2013 to May
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, 95; parking garage
2nd floor, 10; 3rd through 6th floor, 108 each; 7th floor, 134;
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.
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
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
Building Cladding: Outsulation - Plus MD System by Dryvit
Roofing: Firestone UltraPly TPO
Operable Sliding Glass Doors & Windows: Pella
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer