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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
AWARD OF MERIT

Life well lived
Two new additions at Willow Valley Living win an Award of Merit for delivering residences and
social areas that keep residents active, engaged, and immersed in the geographic region
BY JENNIFER KOVACS SILVIS

to daylight, offers spacious residences and
numerous social areas (including a top-floor dining
space and enclosed terrace with 360-degree
views and a rooftop deck), and provides residents
the ability to customize their own homes.
Further enhancing quality of life, the Chautauqua Hall event pavilion offers a venue for a
host of activities for the whole continuing care
retirement community (CCRC), from informal
gatherings of residents to local day campers who
spend weeks at a time on campus each year. The
design team delivered authentic Lancaster County
construction, including mortise and tenon joinery,
and involved local craftsmen in the process. The
result is a space that can accommodate theater
seating, dancing, or dining, with operable garage
doors that open to allow groups to spill out onto
an exterior patio.
The project was submitted by RLPS Architects and RLPS Interiors (Lancaster, Pa.). Here,
Rebecca Slenker, designer, and Paul Nikolaus,
senior designer, share their perspectives on
how some of the jury's favorite design elements
were achieved.

Top: The name Chautauqua Hall was chosen for the new event pavilion, a reference to the area's local Native
American history and the word's association with the idea of bringing people together. Above: The rooftop terrace
offers casual seating, fire pit tables, and a bar to support a variety of uses.

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EFA: Jurors loved the addition of
Chautauqua Hall, specifically the range
of possible uses it can accommodate
(both for residents and the greater
community) as well as the construction
that's so interwoven with the locale.
What was the design process like
and how were you able to achieve a
gathering space that appears to truly
achieve the goals for its usefulness?
Paul Nikolaus: The design process involved
significant interaction with the Willow Valley

JANA BANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY (CHAUTAUQUA HALL); NATHAN COX PHOTOGRAPHY (ROOFTOP DECK)

he goal of The Vistas Apartments and
Chautauqua Hall additions completed in
September 2017 at Willow Valley Living in
Lancaster, Pa., was to achieve a sense of vitality
and hospitality-and a recognizable departure
from more traditional approaches to senior living.
The result is a five-story independent living apartment building that maximizes views and access


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Editorial
Show Talk
Bulletin
Photo Tour
Community
Higher calling
Welcome
2018 jury/award winners and finalists
Style and substance
Life well lived
Leading the way
Making the cut
Pushing boundaries
Project directory
EFA Design Showcase
The Spark
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