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SFCS Honored with Legacy Award by Regional Chamber of Commerce and AIA Blue Ridge Chapter Award
SFCS Architects and Engineers is pleased to announce that their project Rockhill Mennonite Personal Care won a Merit Award from the AIA Blue Ridge Chapter. This was for the 2014 AIA Blue Ridge Biennial Design Awards Competition.

SFCS was also honored with the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year - Legacy Award. This award was from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and was presented at their 28th Annual Small Business Awards ceremony. Eligibility required companies to have been operating continuously for 50+ years and be headquartered in the Greater Roanoke Valley region.  We were judged based on (1) Evolution: how the company has evolved and adapted in the past 50+years, (2) Increase in Sales and/or Unit Volume: proof of continued growth, (3) Growth in Number of Employees: the impact of the business on the job market, (4) Innovativeness of Product or Service Offered: how our business is unique and innovative, and (5) Contributions by Business to Community-Oriented Projects: ways in which the business has contributed to the community to overcome social or environmental problems.

SFCS is excited and honored to receive these two prestigious awards.

SFCS opens Philadelphia Regional Office
SFCS has opened a new office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania to better serve its senior living and other regional clients throughout the greater Philadelphia region and surrounding states.  The office is located at 101 W. Elm Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Vernon Feather, AIA, will head the office as Senior Vice President and Office Director.  He has almost 30 years of experience serving as project principal, project manager, and project designer for major projects across the country. Vernon has dedicated the majority of his career to the design of innovative environments for seniors, leading SFCS’s efforts in Culture Change Design.

Joining Vernon as an Associate is Amy Carpenter, AIA, NCARB, LEED®AP BD+C.  Amy has lived in the Philadelphia area all of her life and has focused the last 15 years of her career on the design of living environments for older adults. Recently named a “Leader of Tomorrow” by Long Term Living Magazine, Amy is the National Board Secretary for SAGE Federation (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments) and a Board member at White Horse Village, a CCRC in Edgemont, PA.  Amy has also been deeply involved in efforts to change the model building codes through her work with the Pioneer Network Long-Term Care Life Safety task force and an appointment to the IBC (International Building Code) General Code Committee for 2012-2013.

SFCS Becomes Member of USGBC
SFCS is now a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Our dedication and support of sustainability is a way of business for us. It is inherent in all of our services and is a standard practice in every project of ours.

Design Studio Sponsorship with Virginia Tech
SFCS picked a team as the winner for this year's Sponsored Studio. The team called there project “aura”, utilizing technology that is used for fireman air tanks, creating a smaller, lighter, more portable air tank.  They fashioned one of the “air cells” into a tablet sized side pouch sling, that could be carried over the shoulder.  Visit our Facebook page to see "aura."

In memory of Curtis R. Jennings, Jr. SFCS has partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) School of Architecture + Design to sponsor a design studio dedicated to improving the lives of seniors. SFCS has made a commitment to this initiative with every expectation that this will perpetuate and turn into a major part of our brand and culture.

Deupree Cottages Rated Top 10
The Deupree Cottages were ranked 8th by The Ohio Department of Aging's Nursing Home Family Satisfaction Survey. Read the article.

Design for Aging: International Case Studies of Building and Program
The Deupree Nursing Cottages, a project completed by SFCS, was featured in the book Design for Aging: International Case Studies of Building and Program written by an international team,  Jeffrey W. Anderzhon, David Hughes, Stephen Judd, Emi Kiyota, and Monique Wijnties. The book examines how good design and programming impacts the environment for seniors.   

Congratulations to our client ACTS Retirement-Life Communities who has been recognized in the Vero Beach Newsweekly. Read more about the Indian River Estates article.

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