Spring House Village Repositioning

DESIGN BRIEF    |    August 2018

IN THE WORKS

Spring House Village
Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania

Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
Spring House Village sign built into one of the new stone retaining walls at the village entrance.
Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
Aerial view, circa 1992, shows two suburban mall buildings set back from all roads.
Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
Spring House Village master plan creates internal road network for six separate retail buildings.

Spring House Village in Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania, is in its final stage of construction and is set to be completed by the end of 2018. Working with Stoltz Management on the project since 2015, MV+A began by developing a completely new master plan for the site. To effectively reposition the shopping center, the original central mall concept was replaced with a collection of six new buildings inspired by the local vernacular. This required demolition of all previous buildings originally constructed in the late 1960’s, except for the medical center. The medical center is the last phase of the development and is currently being renovated to coordinate with the aesthetic of the surrounding new buildings. A new road network and landscaping create terraces down the sloping site and break up surface parking, with the smallest building placed to engage an existing pond that remains on the site near the main entrance.

Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
A newly created park features an expanded pond, which also acts as a water retention feature.
Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
Careful thought was given when creating an outdoor dining space that could be used day or night with views overlooking the park.

A 50,000 square foot Whole Foods Market anchors the shopping center, with an additional 30,000 square feet of in-line retail. The architecture reflects the agrarian history of the surrounding communities of Southeast PA with generous use of fieldstone veneer, using stones native to the region. Built by MidAtlantic Construction Inc, the project’s simple sloped metal roofing, natural material and minimal, crisp detailing help blend the new development with the township’s original roots. Spring House Village’s new and longtime tenants, an attached township-designed public park, and close proximity to major roadways is sure to make the shopping center an easily accessible and exciting destination development for Lower Gwynedd Township.

Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
A Whole Foods Market anchors one of six new buildings.
WFM | Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA
WFM | Spring House Village | Lower Gwynedd Township, PA

MV+A FEATURE

New Employees

Afsoon Kangarlouhaghighi, LEED Green Assoc.

Afsoon Kangarlouhaghighi
Afsoon Kangarlouhaghighi
Sketches from Iran
Sketches from Iran

MV+A Role: Architectural Designer
From: Tehran, Iran
Schooling: Undergraduate – Art and Architecture University in Tehran, Iran
Graduate – North Carolina State University
Joined MV+A: March 2018
Hobbies Outside of Work: Exploring DC with her camera and sketchbook

Ziwei Wang, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ziwei Wang
Ziwei Wang
A graphic design by Ziwei while learning Illustrator
A graphic design by Ziwei while learning Illustrator

MV+A Role: Architectural Designer
From: Central South China
Schooling: Undergraduate – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Graduate – University of Cincinnati
Joined MV+A: April 2018
Hobbies Outside of Work: Weight training or watching documentaries and dramas