In recent months, two notable events on sustainable design and construction took place in Philadelphia. You may have heard about one, even attended yourself. Greenbuild® is the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC®) annual convention which draws approximately 30,000 attendees yearly from around the world, and it was at our own Convention Center this year. The other event, a summit on sustainable design in Higher Education and Healthcare was hosted by the USGBC’s local chapter at the end of October, a precursor to what we could expect at Greenbuild.
Several key staff members from CMA attended the events to build on their “green” knowledge and increase their exposure to new products and technologies. Following is a brief commentary on issues specific to green healthcare design and construction addressed at these events.
Drexel University is continually striving to provide innovative dining experiences for students by tailoring offerings to the student population. To meet the demand of health conscious and vegetarian students, Drexel offers Vegetate. Located within Chestnut Square, a dynamic hub of retail, residential, and academic life in the heart of the main campus, Vegetate is a vegetarian quick service dining option with vegan options and features locally sourced produce.
Cooper Advanced Care Center, Department of Medicine
Cooper University Hospital – Camden, NJ
Cooper University Hospital approached Charles Matsinger Associates with a challenge for the architectural and engineering team which they faced as well; the hospital was moving toward a new medical program paradigm and there were no precedents for the functional design. The program, now named “Cooper Advanced Care Center”, is dedicated to continuing care, coordination and education for outpatients. This new Cooper initiative needed a systematic analysis to meet its anticipated goals.
Recently, Charles Matsinger Associates surveyed our clients on their opinions and attitudes on sustainable design. We are truly grateful for the high volume of responses we received. Your answers provide us a basis from which to evolve the ever-growing practice and knowledge of CMAGreen. The following is a brief summary of the survey results.
The majority of respondents work within their organization’s Facilities Department or Planning, Design, and Construction Department. The types of organizations vary and include Healthcare, Higher Education, Research and Development/Pharmaceutical, Corporate, and Retail/Banking.
Charles Matsinger Associates recently completed this 8 story renovation to the Martin Residence Hall at Thomas Jefferson University, located at 11th and Walnut streets in Philadelphia, PA. The university retained CMA to upgrade the student hub by giving it a modernized look and making the space more appealing to occupants. Student sleeping quarters, which occupy the majority of the building, were renovated to create both shared and single units with ample storage space. Continue reading
Charles Matsinger Associates has been designing Healthcare Facilities for close to three decades. We strive to ensure that our clients, as well as those utilizing their facilities continue to be delighted and supported by their environment long after our involvement.
We have designed various types of inpatient care spaces ranging from OR Suites, Emergency Rooms, and Progressive and Intensive Care Units, to Patient Rooms, Treatment Rooms, and Specialty Service Areas. The following four projects are a sampling of CMA’s design capabilities and approach to inpatient care spaces. We routinely address program consensus building, phasing to maintain active operations, management of infection control and patient risk, integration of medical support equipment, and regulatory compliance.
Temple University Hospital, Boyer Pavilion – Philadelphia, PA
Programming: Strategic phasing of a complex program including Outpatient Primary Care, Ophthalmology, Audiology, Dental, ENT, X-ray, Orthopedic, and Neuroscience clinical care brought this 61,000 s.f. interior renovation, involving 5 floors, to a successful outcome.