On Wednesday, February 5th Linford L. Good, Vice President of Planning and Marketing at Landis Homes, James A. Mehaffey, AIA, Associate at RLPS Architects, and Mark A. Hackenburg, RLA, Principal at RGS Associates proudly accepted a Gold Achievement Award for built projects in the Best of 50+ Housing in Recognition of Sustainable Features category at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The project was also recognized with an Innovation Award, one of the evening’s highest honors. These awards were specially selected by the judges and presented to projects that displayed creative or innovative solutions that represented outcomes that went above and beyond industry expectations.  Presenter Manny Gonzalez AIA, LEED AP noted the sustainable site features of the Landis Homes project was a prime example of a project that “pushed the envelope” of sustainability for its thoughtful integration of rain gardens, bioswales, rain barrels and floodplain restoration in managing water resources.

Landis Homes, a continuing care retirement community nestled within the pastoral landscapes and preserved farmlands of Lancaster County, recently embarked on its South Campus Expansion which focused on the undeveloped 39-acre portion of their 114-acre property. As stewards of their surroundings, Landis Homes believes that environmentally sensitive areas must be maintained, protected, and conserved while accommodating the modest growth necessary to remain competitive in the marketplace. These values have proven to be influential in the design and development of the remaining campus area.

The NAHB 50+ Housing Council’s Best of 50+ Housing Awards program is the industry’s most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond. The Best of 50+ Housing Awards are viewed by the industry and media as a showcase for innovation, emerging trends and quality housing for the mature demographic.  Award recipients were selected by a jury panel comprised of industry professionals who specialize in the areas of active adult, services-enriched, marketing and lifestyle for the 50+ housing industry.

About Landis Homes: Celebrating 50 years, Landis Homes, located near Lititz, PA, is a not-for-profit retirement community which is home to 750+ persons living in cottages, apartments, suites, personal care and healthcare. On July 1, 2012, Landis Homes officially became an affiliate of Landis Communities. For more information please visit: http://www.landishomes.org/Home/Sections/Living_Choices/Residential_Living_Expansion

About RGS Associates: RGS Associates is an award-winning landscape architecture and civil engineering firm who provides their clients with creative site design and entitlement services beginning with initial feasibility investigations and continuing through project construction.  For more information please visit: www.rgsassociates.com

About RLPS Architects: Founded in 1954, RLPS Architects is a Lancaster-based architecture, planning and interior design firm that serves clients throughout the United States. For more information please visit www.RLPS.com