Last week, Larken Associates celebrated National Women in Construction Week by highlighting the role that women have played in the development of its new, 107-unit multifamily residential rental community, The Oaks at Copper Chase located at 3145 Honey Run Drive in York, Pa. Larken executives were joined by project and industry partners including representatives from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) South Central Pennsylvania chapter, Campbell Associates, Paragon Engineering, Prime Builder Services, GR Mitchell, and Myers Building Products Specialists for a small ceremony and a guided tour of the clubhouse following applicable social distancing and masking protocols. Organized by NAWIC, Women in Construction Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry while highlighting the growing role of women in key areas of the business.
Since breaking ground in 2020, The Oaks at Copper Chase, a luxury living multifamily project, has been guided by the significant contributions of the women working on its development. Women-led project initiatives at the site include initial project design, framing of the development, interior construction and lease-up as well as property management. The Women in Construction event offered an opportunity to highlight the contributions of these women through showcasing the soon-to-be-completed multifamily project. In addition to the event on March 10th, project team members were interviewed for a video series highlighting their contributions to the project and their advice for other women hoping to advance their careers in the industry. The videos can be found here.
“At Larken Associates, we have always taken great pride in providing pathways for women to advance their careers in the commercial real estate and construction industries,” said David Gardner, CEO and President of Larken Associates. “We are honored to be joined by so many partners on The Oaks at Copper Chase project who share our commitment to providing opportunities for women in these industries. As this project takes shape, it’s important to recognize the women who played such a vital role in bringing our vision to life and reflect on our ongoing responsibility to continue to support and advocate for more women in the field.”
The Oaks at Copper Chase project is the latest addition to Larken Associates’ rapidly growing Larken Living portfolio and comes on the heels of Larken Associates’ acquisition of the 132-unit multifamily community in 2019. Immediately following their acquisition, Larken Associates sought to capitalize on the property’s tremendous value-add potential. Recognizing that The Reserve at Copper Chase was situated on 30 acres of land, a large tract of which remained undeveloped, Larken looked to unlock the intrinsic value of the property by embarking on a strategic expansion and capital improvement project at the site. Along with the addition of 107 multifamily units on 12 of the property’s 30 undeveloped acres, Larken also sought to execute a series of renovations to enhance and upgrade The Reserve at Copper Chase and its existing amenity offerings.
Offering one, two and three-bedroom garden and garage-style apartments for rent with private entrances, the addition of The Oaks at Copper Chase will bring exciting new residential options to Larken’s Copper Chase property and bolster its status as one of York County’s premier residential communities. Spanning twelve buildings, each of the community’s new luxury apartments will boast quartz kitchen countertops, solid wood shaker style cabinets, stainless steel appliances, in-suite high efficiency washer and dryer, and matte black hardware and stylish chrome lighting throughout.
Further enhancing the residential experience is the refurbishment of an existing pool and outdoor lounge area and the addition of a state-of-the-art gym and a new clubhouse. The new clubhouse will include a wraparound covered porch, kitchen, pet salon, parcel concierge, lounge/wet bar and library room. Additional on-site amenities include a tot lot with sensory-sensitive playground, a bark park and walking and biking trails.
Jillian Dorell, Design/Construction Project Manager at Larken Associates added, “I’m incredibly proud of The Oaks at Copper Chase project because it showcases what women in the construction industry can accomplish if they are provided with the opportunity. National Women in Construction Week serves as an important reminder that having a more diverse team is a tremendous attribute to our organization and our industry and I’m excited to see more women pursue careers in the construction industry.”
About Larken Associates
Larken Associates is a regional leader in commercial and residential real estate building, development and management. Leveraging over 50 years of experience, they are dedicated to bringing great spaces to live and work to life through a long-term ownership strategy and full suite of in-house capabilities. With a diverse commercial portfolio consisting of nearly three million square feet and 800 tenants across office, industrial, retail and mixed-use and approximately 2,000 owned and/or managed residential units across 22 unique communities, Larken Associates’ is deeply committed to the communities in which they work as well as the tenants and residents who call their buildings home. To learn more about Larken Associates, please visit us at https://www.larkenassociates.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.