Designing the New Penn State Health Medical Offices in Lancaster
The Penn State Health Medical Offices in Lancaster – its Lime Spring Outpatient Center – is a 76,000 square-foot outpatient facility bringing specialty care, primary care, and a wide range of additional health care services under one roof. The goal of the project was to bring Penn State Health’s medical services to the community, not make the community come to them.
The new facility condensed several medical offices that were spread across a large geographic area into one convenient location. Because its Lime Street Outpatient Center is centrally located, it plays a fundamental role in linking specialty services to Penn State Health’s primary care practices throughout the region.
Expedited Land Development and Creative Design Solutions
RGS exercised its strong relationship with the Department of Environmental Protection to obtain NPDES permitting in an expedited timeframe to meet the schedule of the tenant and the rapid preparation of land development plans for Oak Tree Development Group and Penn State Health.
The size of the building and the mass of the parking required creative grading solutions to avoid the use of costly retaining walls despite the 17 feet of elevation change across the site. Using floodplain restoration design on the parent project, RGS was able to achieve maximum utilization of the project site by avoiding the consumption of developable land with additional conventional surface stormwater management facilities.
Thoughtful Design Helped Create an Inviting and Visually Pleasing Facility
RGS designed the site layout to provide a pleasing arrival experience for staff, guests, and patients. To do so, our team positioned the building to achieve Penn State’s goal of a strong visual presence along the curve of Embassy Drive in the township.