Tel Hai, a continuing care retirement community, is located on 149-acres in the farmlands of Chester County. RGS was first engaged by the community in 2002 to develop a master plan for the remaining undeveloped northern and western portions of the campus. At that time the community consisted of 332 residential, personal care, and healthcare homes and beds.
RGS held focus groups with the staff and residents to understand the needs of the community in order to deliver an effective design solution. The result was a master plan that included a mix of 97 independent living cottages and 229 apartments. The master plan preserved existing viewsheds and portions of the woodland area while creating unique cottage neighborhoods and apartments that nestled into the existing topography.
A large open space was created for the community that will include a clubhouse, amphitheater, tennis court, and community garden. An extensive trail network was designed to allow the residents access between the sites open meadows and thick woodlands to community amenities such as the clubhouse and indoor competition swimming pool. RGS successfully represented and acquired all land planning and environmental entitlements needed to see this master plan become a reality.