New Hickman Building Approved

Sharpless Hall Replacement Building

On February 16, 2016 West Chester Borough Council granted final plan approval to The Hickman Friends Senior Community’s new personal and supportive care facility located on the Quaker Block in West Chester Borough. Advanced GeoServices is very proud to be The Hickman’s planner and civil engineer for this great new facility. 

The Hickman’s legal counsel, Gawthrop Greenwood, worked tirelessly with the Borough to craft a new zoning ordinance amendment that recognized that The Hickman and its mission as a personal care facility had been in existence at North Walnut and East Marshall Streets for over 100 years. After much negotiation with Borough Council, technical support from Advanced GeoServices and moral support and cooperation from the West Chester Friends Monthly Meeting, the ordinance was adopted and civil engineering for the project began. 

The new building will replace the older Sharpless Hall building located on the same site. This venerable structure, which is actually a pair of buildings joined together, has been a home for many of the community’s seniors but has become obsolete from a programmatic and care giving perspective. Therefore it was time to replace it with a new structure having updated amenities and modern building systems. The new building, designed by Lenhardt-Rogers Architects, will provide 71 living units that nearly triples the capacity of the old Sharpless Hall building. The first floor of the new facility will be devoted to dementia care, something The Hickman had previously not had the facilities to provide. 

Our task was to fit this much larger new building on a very constrained site. With the West Chester Friends School and the Monthly Meeting to the immediate west and The Hickman building to the south, not only was the challenge to site the building properly, but also to design parking and storm water management facilities within the parameters and context of the existing structures on the Quaker Block. After much hard work and consultation with the project team that also included Greenbrier Development and Benchmark Construction, Borough Council approved the land development plans and construction is set to begin in summer of 2016.

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Barry Stingel, RLA, ASLA