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INDEPENDENT LIVING

Chestnut Ridge at Rodale EMMAUS, PA.
Submitted by: RLPS Architects LANCASTER, PA., AND RLPS Interiors LANCASTER, PA.
Project category: Project-in-progress
Chief administrator: Scott Stevenson, president and CEO, Phoebe Ministries
Firm: RLPS Architects, www.rlps.com; RLPS Interiors, www.rlpsinteriors.com
Design team: RLPS Architects (architect and interior designer); Wohlsen
Construction (general contractor); Reese Hackman (MEP engineer);
SCOPOS Hospitality Group (food service); Barry Isett and Associates (civil,
landscape, and structural engineer); Wallover Architects (aquatics)
Renderings: RLPS Architects
Number/type of housing units: 122 independent living apartments
Total building area (sq. ft.): 137,944 (new); 105,056 (renovation)
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $166 (new); $181 (renovation)
Total construction cost (excluding land): $22.9 million (new); $19
million (renovation)
Completion: June 2021
Following the sale of the Rodale
company, the 138-acre former
Rodale headquarters campus's availability led Phoebe Ministries to the
vision for Chestnut Ridge at Rodale,
a community for ages 62 and up
that embraces the Rodale values of
fitness, organic dining, and wellness.
 The community will evolve in
phases, beginning with adaptive
reuse of the former offices into 122
apartments. The office building
will be converted into apartments
with a new center courtyard. An

adjacent one-story office building
will be replaced with a horseshoeshaped apartment building featuring
views of nearby South Mountain.
Both buildings share a pub, outdoor
dining, and wellness studio featuring
a natatorium. Each apartment will
be equipped with smart technology
infrastructure and accessible design
features allowing residents to remain
in their homes longer.
An onsite childcare center will continue operation and Phoebe intends
to develop intergenerational programming. An adjacent garage has been
converted into the welcome center
and sales office. When Chestnut Ridge
opens, this building will function as a
farmer's market. A former warehouse
now houses a full-size apartment
mock-up, with plans for it to become
a resource for the greater community,
potentially housing the Emmaus Arts
and Innovation Center.  
Chestnut Ridge will maintain
and enhance the campus walking
and biking trails, while creating new
amenities including an amphitheater
for both residents and neighbors.
Construction will limit disturbing the
existing green space, take advantage
of existing parking, and promote
residents' experience of the natural
setting. Sidewalks will connect to the
new community providing easy pedestrian access to downtown Emmaus.

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