EGStoltzfus Named General Contractor for Downtown Lancaster Project

The Commercial Construction division of EG Stoltzfus has announced that they have been selected as general contractor of the historic Keppel building revitalization project in downtown Lancaster, PA.

Located at 323 North Queen Street in Lancaster city, and kicked off in January, this project is slated for completion at the end of the year. The address is home to the Keppel building, a historic landmark that once housed the Keppel Candy Company. The building was constructed in 1913 and designed by C. Emlen Urban, a well-known Lancaster architect who designed several of Lancaster’s high-profile buildings during that era. The Keppel Candy Company operated from the property for decades until closing its doors in the late 1980s. More recently, the building was home to The Candy Factory, a coworking space that later moved across the street from the Keppel building in 2014.

The Keppel project will convert the four-story building and an adjacent three-story building into mixed-use retail, commercial and residential space. Spanning approximately 70,000 square feet, the building will have retail and commercial space on the ground and first floors. Plans for the second, third and fourth floors will include 38 apartment units. There are 23 efficiency units, seven one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom units. EG Stoltzfus will manage all phases of construction, including a new roof, window replacement and restoration, installation of an elevator and new stairs, and work on the various plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

“EGStoltzfus is honored to be part of the Keppel revitalization project. A project like brings more residents, more businesses and more jobs to downtown Lancaster,” shared Shawn Buckwalter, Director of Preconstruction for EGStoltzfus Commercial Construction. “Once we take this historic building apart and carefully put it all back together, the community will have a stunning and unique piece of architecture that will contribute to the livelihood of Lancaster city,” added Buckwalter.

LeFevre Funk Architects, based in Lancaster, is the project architect. Zamagias Properties, based in Pittsburgh, is the developer. Zamagias was also the developer behind Steeple View Lofts, for which EGStoltzfus was general contractor. The loft-style apartments for the 55-and-over demographic are also located in downtown Lancaster, just a few blocks from the Keppel building.

EGStoltzfus employees who are involved in the Keppel project include General Superintendent Stacy Fahnestock, Site Manager Andrew Hill and Project Manager Jason Topper.


EGStoltzfus is a premier construction company serving six counties in South Central Pennsylvania. We specialize in the design and construction of neighborhood homes, custom homes, residential remodeling, and commercial construction. With more than 45 years of construction experience and a mission of “Building Better, Creating Value,” we pride ourselves in producing quality craftsmanship and personalized customer care. For more information, visit our website at


Andy Brubaker
EG Stoltzfus