Showcasing Design that Brings Social, Economic and Ecological Value to the Built Environment

RDG Planning & Design’s work for Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center has been recognized as part of the annual AIA Emerging Professional Exhibit, Environmental Excellence.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the list of recipients for its 2020 Emerging Professionals Exhibit, recognizing RDG Planning & Design for the firm’s work on the Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The Emerging Professionals Exhibit is an annual digital exhibition that celebrates the most creative plans, projects, art and design from architecture and design’s rising generation. 2020’s theme, “Environmental Excellence,” highlights work that brings social, economic and ecological value to the built environment.

RDG’s design for the Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center incorporates research-based elements not typically found in skilled nursing environments to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual growth of guests. With a specific focus on whole-person healing, the 44-bed rehabilitation center elevates post-acute care by aligning three key concepts: fuel, to provide emotional, spiritual and physical sustenance for the journey; work, to provide an abundance of natural and technologically sophisticated therapy opportunities; and healing, to provide a world-class recovery environment that pushes the senior living industry’s edge on short-term rehabilitation.

Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania by RDG. Photo by Alise O’Brien.

“Architects and designers have the power to influence and impact climate change through the spaces we create,” said RDG Architect and Partner Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP. “Being recognized for a design that not only enhances the lives of seniors but also addresses the critically urgent topic of climate change is an incredible honor and one we proudly share with our partners at Menno Haven.”

Designed to achieve WELL Building certification, the 49,400 SF Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center incorporates a variety of outpatient services and houses a culinary production center of excellence. Non-traditional building features include a health and wellness library located throughout the building, staff fitness programs, 10-foot ceilings in all regularly occupied spaces and ultraviolet lamps in HVAC cooling coils. RDG’s design also includes the creation of a biophilia plan, which incorporates nature and natural patterns within the building.


For all media inquiries please contact Erin Van Zee, RDG Communications Director at or call (402) 449-0898.

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