Family Style Hospitality – The Connelly Resource Center

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An existing high demand self-serve laundry and break room offered families only very limited access in a confined area. By separating these uses, CMA was able to enhance both functions.

The new open break room has now become the focal point of the Center’s lounge and will help to stage welcome events. Additionally, the new laundry room with more machines and counters for folding has alleviated long waits for use. Renderings of the proposed space enabled the staff to visualize and comment on the layout. The finished result has earned praise from many including most importantly the families who use the space on a daily basis.

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What Does Your Space Say About You?

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Do your facilities really convey the character of your organization? Do they please your staff, guests and visitors – make them happy to be there?  If not, a new Interior Design approach is the answer. Great Interior Design can transform spaces to make them reflective of a Client’s “personality”.

In our creative Interior Design Process, Charles Matsinger Associates’ highly experienced and talented interior designers work to understand your ideas and turn them into a positive aesthetic image.  Our staff listens to the preferences of those who will utilize the space and distills them into a common vision.  From this unified vision we develop a design that is current yet timeless, and supports the functionality of the space while providing a warm, inviting environment that is fully appreciated by all.

It may seem like a puzzle to piece together various operational functions and finishes.  The difference is our designers understand each piece and can weave together a unifying approach. This is accomplished through consensus planning, durable finishes and right-fit furnishings………..

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We start with a space plan, creating blocks for the various elements.  Next we decide where they best fit in the puzzle.  Our skilled Interior Designers take it a step further and finesse the spaces between them to create a cohesive layout that flows.

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From the two-dimensional plan, we move to apply the third dimension; color, finishes and furnishings.  This gives depth and appeal.  Color adds punch to a space and can help it define elements and surfaces.  Furnishings fine tune the environment even further to make it traditional, transitional or contemporary.  Finally, well placed artwork can become the icing on the cake. The result is a great interior!

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Consider Charles Matsinger Associates for Interior Design that reflects your organization’s unique character.

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For information, please call Stephen Whaley, Interior Designer/Space Planner at 215.925.6565

Starbucks – Expanding Drexel’s Retail Dining Venues

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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

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A Bold New Branch For PFFCU

12-17-13 027A - resizeCharles 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.

12-17-13 031A - resizedThe 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.

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CMA  is pleased to announce the expansion of our dedicated team of Architects

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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.

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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.

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For more information on CMAGreen, please contact our Sustainable Design Leader, Matt Perna, AIA, LEED + AP at 215.925.6565

Thoughts on Greenbuild 2013: Rethinking Healthcare Design

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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.

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A Welcoming Lobby for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

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CMA recently finished a complete renovation of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Main Lobby.  A more modern, attractive hospitality environment was created for patients, visitors and workers.  New ceilings and soffits absorb sound while new lighting provides brightness.  New windows allow more daylight into the space and natural stone, wall coverings, and a custom designed wood panel-Corian desk create a more inviting, warmer atmosphere.

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