Friendship Village of South Hills

Alternative dining and a wellness center were the highest priorities in renovating the 30-year old Friendship Village of South Hills, near Pittsburgh, PA. Using wellness as a design principle, whole-person wellness of residents, staff, and visitors played a central role in creating new dining experiences for healthy eating and in creating opportunities for socializing.


Location: St. Clair, PA
Opening Date: September 2014
Equipment Cost: $637,000
Peak Meal Volume: 250
150-Seat Dining Room
Independent Living: 295 SF
Healthcare: 89 SF
Memory Care: 19 SF


Foodservice Design
New construction

“frk has had the good fortune to with Rippe Associates for more than 20 years on many projects together. Our focus is the K-12 market and we have always appreciated the deep knowledge base, attention to detail, and extensive experience the team at Rippe Associate provides for educational design. We have also greatly valued the professional, yet personal approach, their designers take with our clients. When working with Rippe, we are always confident the project will be a success!”

Thomas C. Wollan, AIA, LEED AP

Partner at frk architects + engineers

“When it comes to dietary planning, Rippe is always first on my list when team building. They have a strong understanding of all the issues, are creative problem solvers, and are consistent with their execution.”

Daniel J. Rectenwald, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Vice President, Principal at HGA

"The development of Elmhurst Hospital’s replacement campus was complex. The Rippe team supported our vision to transform healthcare foodservice. The result was exceptional reviews from our patients and staff, along with a facility that supported efficient operations."

David E. Reeves

Past President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)

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