2016 in review

Wrapping up a successful 2016 at Design on the Square. This year, the firm relocated to California (adding CA registration), logged 52 new projects (that's one a week!) and created a number of new, satisfied clients!

LaColombe, Philadelphia International, Ae & E

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: La Colombe / Guava & Java
Location: Philadelphia International Airport
Completed May 2017

Bringing fresh brewed coffee, cold pressed lattes on tap, and quality food options to the busy traveler, the new LaColombe brand at the Philadelphia Airport rolls out soon in both Terminal E and Terminal A-East.

Preliminary Rendering
Terminal A East Preliminary Rendering
Final Result
Terminal A East Final Result
Preliminary Rendering
Terminal E Preliminary Rendering

Trenton YMCA Expansion

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: YMCA of Trenton
Location: Trenton, NJ
Status: Preliminary Design

As the YMCA grows, it seeks to completely renovate the existing facilities. After the completion of the Locker Room Renovation currently underway, the YMCA leadership hopes to construct a new fitness center building adjacent to the pool, semi-enclose the pool and add provisions for a pneumatic dome over it in winter, expand the parking lot, and add a new playground.

Hotel Coffee Bar and Gift Shop Concept

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: Wyndham Garden Hotel
Location: Trenton, NJ
Status: Concept

A concept for a coffee bar and gift shop in the lobby of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton, NJ.  This concept tucks into an existing under-utilized space beside the entry lobby and would feature a coffee and espresso bar, souvenir and travel merchandise, and offer a movable service counter that would double as a portable bar for events held in the lobby.

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Trenton YMCA Remodel and Upgrades


Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Engineer: The Davinci Group
Owner: YMCA of Trenton
Location: Trenton, NJ
Completed Summer 2016

The Trenton YMCA occupies a building that had been a grocery store.  Over several decades, haphazard alterations were made to attempt to adapt the building to the needs of the Y, but a lack of overall planning left the building with an entrance from the street opposite of the parking lot, daycare rooms adjacent to the pool, and restrooms that required kids to go past open group showers to get to the toilets.

After renovations, the YMCA now has a large glass vestibule entry from the parking lot, a separate entrance for the daycare program with a secure check-in/check-out counter, additional program rooms for yoga, spin class, and karate, and larger fitness center.  These new program spaces are all arranged along a window wall facing the road showing off the YMCA to potential members driving by.

In addition to the changes to the layout, the old locker rooms were gutted and replaced with new restrooms and separated locker rooms with private showers and changing stalls, ensuring that the kids didn’t have to go into the locker rooms to use the restroom.


Brandon Farms, Addition & Remodel

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Location: Brandon Farms, Lawrence Township, NJ
Contractor: General Construction Pros






The stately home shown in the picture above began as a typical builder grade suburban house (see below).  The existing two-car garage on the left was remodeled into a new in-law suite, laundry room, utility room, and a secondary stair.  A second floor was added above that space to house a large home office suite and new bathroom.  Finally, a new garage was constructed with a large bonus room above.

The facade was redone with new stone veneer, new dormers and gable, a new front porch, and new siding.

Hopewell Facade Renovation & Remodel

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: Private Residence
Location: Hopewell, NJ

This mid century ranch had all the property the new owners wanted, but none of the charm.  They wanted a more craftsman feel to the home.  To accomplish that, a new front porch was added with stone column bases and square posts.  Two new dormers were put onto the roof and two new gable ends were constructed over the garage and bedroom wing.  Finally, the whole house was wrapped in new siding in two patterns.

In addition to the facade, several internal walls were removed and a porch was enclosed to create an extremely open concept feeling inside with views out to the back yard.

Residential Addition, Yardley, PA


Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: Private Residence
Location: Yardley, PA
Status: Under Construction

This project involves an 800 square foot single story addition to an existing suburban home and renovations to 180 sf of existing space.  The addition is an age-in-place first floor master suite which features vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, an accessible bath with roll-in shower, a huge walk-in closet, screened porch and views out to a new patio.