Hello, Brethren Village! My name is Zach Fisher, and I’m a Project Engineer for Warfel Construction Company. I’m in charge of managing the Village Bistro project, which many of you knew as the Village Center Coffee Shop. Warfel Construction has been hard at work on renovations for several months, and we’re excited to be a part of turning the Village Bistro into a favorite location in the Brethren Village Retirement Community.
Founded in 1911, Warfel Construction is one of the largest providers of construction management, design/build, and general contracting services in central Pennsylvania. For more than a century, Warfel has successfully managed long-term, complicated and multi-phased projects. We strive to make ourselves the most knowledgeable and ethical within our industry. We are consistently applying new methods, concepts and trends in design and construction in an effort to improve the quality and efficiency of your building.
Much of the work we do at Warfel is for senior living clients and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). To date, we’ve performed more than $1 billion worth of work for senior care clients. That includes more than 3.5 million square feet of new construction in senior living communities and more than 2 million square feet of renovation work. In 2017, we’ll celebrate our 100th anniversary of working on senior care campuses in Lancaster County.
On July 28, we officially broke ground on our project at Village Center and on January 2, Brethren Village will be unveiling the new Village Center Bistro. The project includes a complete renovation of the existing Coffee Shop and courtyard at Village Center. One of the many changes you’ll notice is all-new food service equipment and service counters, allowing the staff to more efficiently serve residents and staff. This will include a brand-new pizza oven, capable of baking up to three pizzas at one time.
We are also building an addition off of the Village Manor hallway to support the Bistro. This will include new restrooms, a tray return area and a storage area to support the Bistro. With this work, we’ve also removed the breezeway that connected Village Manor to Terrace Crossing, which has created a much more open courtyard for all to use.
Throughout the rest of Village Center we’ll be installing new “finishes” throughout the atrium and hallways. These will include new paint, flooring, lighting, trim and cabinetry. We’ve opened up a few walls to provide more space in the dining room and make travel throughout the Bistro easier. One of our finishing touches will be removing the top of the Village Center to add a skylight, which we hope will bring great natural lighting to the whole space.
We’ll be completing the Bistro by the end of December, and look forward to celebrating the grand opening with you the first week of January!