Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center Awarded WELL Certified GOLD by IWBI

A new 44-bed post-acute care skilled nursing rehabilitation center in Chambersburg, PA, designed by RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, NE, achieves WELL Certified Gold, becoming the first WELL certified skilled nursing building in the world.

(CHAMBERSBURG, PA AND OMAHA, NE) – We are excited to announce that the Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center has been officially WELL Certified to the Gold level by The International WELL Building Institute. This prestigious certification is awarded to projects built to improve health and well-being for everyone that experiences the building.

Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis says, “I am proud to reveal that our project is the first skilled nursing project worldwide to receive this certification. From the moment you enter the front door you will see this place is different. We incorporated research-based elements intended to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of guests and team members with goal of achieving the WELL Certification.”

The Rehabilitation Center is leading the way for the future of senior living across the country through a re-thinking of long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Focusing on a healthy lifestyle is a shift in the way we have traditionally approached senior living, providing opportunities for seniors to maintain higher qualities of life while living longer. Through this WELL-certification, Menno Haven is raising the wellness consciousness of the community and industry. With the development of their wellness-focused rehabilitation center, they are providing resources for seniors navigating their own healthcare and getting them engaged in healthy lifestyles. 

Davis describes the new Rehabilitation Center as “unlike any in the region.” “This building has allowed us to better serve individuals who need short-term care. Whether that be someone recovering from surgery, an illness, or an accident, they will recover here and then return home.”

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system combining best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research including measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the building that impact human health and wellbeing. It took seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals for this standard to become established. The Rehabilitation Center earned the first in the world distinction based on seven categories of building performance — Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind — achieving a Gold level rating.

“A focus on promoting optimum health in the projects we design, in our office practices, and in our individual lifestyles is central to RDG’s culture. It has been exciting to bring our passion and the depth of research behind the WELL Building Standard to life within a skilled nursing environment to serve Menno Haven’s mission of nurturing the human spirit. We can all benefit from a commitment to our own health and the health of our communities similar to that which Menno Haven is demonstrating here.”

RDG Partner Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP

Project features helping achieve WELL Certified Gold

  • MERV 13 media filters, carbon filtration, and UV lamps throughout HVAC system
  • Elimination of pesticide and herbicide use on plants
  • Building water filters to ensure the highest quality drinking water
  • Light system designed to match circadian rhythms
  • Health and Wellness library prominently located throughout the building
  • Staff fitness programs
  • Focus on reducing internally generated noise
  • Abundant natural light

Deanna Beins, Administrator of the Rehabilitation Center says, “We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery atmosphere possible. It has been great to see how our guests have benefited from our planning efforts.”

Several years ago, Menno Haven set out to reposition the existing 50-year-old community to meet the demands of coming generations and collaborated with RDG Planning & Designon a master plan. The Rehabilitation Center is part of Menno Haven’s 5-year strategic plan known as Project GENESIS which will replace the original 1964 nursing home, and add a Resident Life Center, Memory Care Houses, and new independent living cottages. The Rehabilitation Center is the first building within Project Genesis to be completed; all other portions of Project Genesis are currently under construction.

“As architects, interior designers, planners, and landscape architects with a deep passion for the environments where seniors live and recuperate, we are encouraged by Menno Haven’s drive to meet the needs of the next generation of seniors. The future of this industry is dependent on healthy environments created through a highly collaborative design process involving experts who think beyond the traditional building sciences. We believe that WELL is one of those key experts with whom we collaborate.”

– RDG Principal Mitch Elliott, AIA

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Learn more about the WELL Building Standard at

WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend approximately 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impact on those using the buildings. To be awarded WELL Certification by IWBI, Menno Haven underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation carried out by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which is the third-party certification body for WELL, to ensure it met all WELL Certified GOLD performance requirements.

Menno Haven is a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) provider with over 50 years of care and service. Based in historic Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Menno Haven operates two fully integrated communities featuring a wide range of independent living options. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a commitment to Christian Principles, Menno Haven is passionate about serving each individual resident’s needs.

RDG Planning & Design is one of the nation’s leading creative firms: one of the top 300 architecture firms in the U.S. according to Architectural Record Magazine, among other citations. RDG’s multifaceted network of professionals in architecture, artistry, planning, landscape architecture, multimedia, and interior design work create meaningful projects. RDG maintains a personable, collaborative approach that reflects its Midwestern roots and commitment to community. With more than 40 years of experience in senior living, RDG is continually recognized as a national leader within the industry.

INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE, IWBI, the WELL BUILDING STANDARD, WELL v2, WELL CERTIFIED, WELL AP, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries.

Design Team – Special thank you to our design consultants who partnered with us on this project:Cornerstone Senior Living, LLC,Morrisey Engineering, Thompson, Dreessen, and Dorner, Inc, ELA Group, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Scopos Hospitality Groupand Warfel Construction.

For more information regarding this announcement, contact Menno Haven Communication Coordinator Leslie Ray at leslie.ray@mennohaven.orgor RDG Planning & Design Communications Director Elly Heckel at

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