Drexel University retained Charles Matsinger Associates (CMA) to fit out a new full-service Starbuck’s retail space in the LeBow College of Business Building. The 1,100 square foot fit-out took place alongside the new building’s construction, and involved careful documentation and coordination of standards and elements between the new building and Starbucks. The cafe, which seats 36, serves both the Drexel community and the public.
This project required integrating the store into a building under construction. In addition, store security was a priority, as circulation through the lobby into the lounge area continues during off-hours.
This was the fourth opportunity for CMA to collaborate with Drexel University in its mission to provide contemporary, innovative retail/dining venues for its varied campus and local populations. Starbucks now joins the following on-campus sites designed by CMA: Drexel University’s Market 16 & Noodle Bar, Seasons Café and Vegetate
Charles Matsinger Associates announces the grand opening of a new credit union branch for the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union. The branch is located in the Cedarbrook Shopping Center at Cheltenham Avenue and Easton Road in Wyncote, PA. In an effort to attract business to the center, the landlord subdivided an abandoned box store.
The Police and Fire Federal Credit Union is located at the southeast corner of the building and takes advantage of the two exterior exposures. By providing groups of windows along the exterior, significant amounts of daylight illuminate the branch during operating hours, offsetting lighting usage and energy consumption.
CMA is pleased to announce the expansion of our dedicated team of Architects
Melanie Strieder joined the Charles Matsinger team as an Architectural Designer last spring. She is currently completing her final year at Drexel University, and has 3 years of design experience in healthcare, higher education, laboratory, corporate office and master planning projects. Melanie’s strong researching skills and attention to detail provide effective project design and execution. In addition, her experience with BIM allows for efficient project coordination and delivery by taking advantage of the latest software and industry advances.
Melanie is a member of both the American Institute of Architecture Students and the U.S. Green Building Council, Central PA Chapter. On coming aboard with Charles Matsinger Associates, Melanie reports “I am excited to be working in such a collaborative and architecturally diverse environment. CMA really offers the ability to grow as an architect and learn the industry from the inside out. I am especially looking forward to the projects and teams I will be working with while at CMA.”
Melanie is great asset, and a welcome addition to the Charles Matsinger team.
Philadelphia publication features the work of the CMA Team
The February issue of GRID magazine features projects completed by CMA for Drexel University. Seasons Café and Vegetate are two of the newest on-campus dining facilities that highlight both sustainable food and sustainable interior design. Click the picture below to access the article.
For more information on CMAGreen, please contact our Sustainable Design Leader, Matt Perna, AIA, LEED + AP at 215.925.6565
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.