Supporting Students

AIAS Northeast Quad Conference 2015                

Nourish Quad LogoThe American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Regional Spring student conference is held annually in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and West Quads. These Conferences are hosted by local chapters whose themes vary based on the city, local culture, and architectural topic of choice.

On April 10th, Charles Matsinger Associates was pleased to provide an overview of our firm for a group of students attending the Northeast Quad, which was hosted by Drexel University and Chapter President Marissa Gray.  “Nourish” was the selected theme for the Quad, the purpose of which was to explore the intersection between architecture and food. Twenty attendees were given a tour of our offices and shown a sampling of our projects,  including various food venues, four of which exist on Drexel’s campus:

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In addition, our soon-to-be Drexel Graduate Caitlin Kline provided insight and examples of how our office utilizes Revit design software in different ways to best meet client needs.  Questions were answered by both Shareholder Marty Whalen and Caitlin, who also provided practical advice regarding different ways students can make themselves valuable to a company as they start careers in the field.

Course Requirement Fulfilled!

Recently the daughter of one of our terrific clients requested the opportunity to “job shadow” with us for the day.   Victoria Fratarelli, an outgoing student at Garnet Valley High School, needed to complete this task for her Career Development course, meant to assist students in career and college choices.  Victoria has a strong creative side, and we strove to help her tap into the design field with the help of the studio staff.


Victoria told us “Job shadowing at Charles Matsinger Associates greatly fulfilled what I needed for the course by letting me job shadow a few people. I got to see many people at the firm work on different projects and experience a friendly environment. All of my questions I needed for my course were answered. Overall I learned a lot and had a really amazing experience.”

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Avenue of Rehabilitation and Restorative Healing

Charles Matsinger Associates is excited to be partnering with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on the design of the Creative Therapy Center and Healing Gardens.  This transformational project augments and updates existing patient therapeutic areas (Segal Street, McSherry Greenhouse and the Segal sponsored Resource Center) on the unique 6th floor rooftop of the hospital.

Research shows that healing/therapeutic gardens can help shorten the length of hospital stays, reduce pain medications needed and improve the mental well-being of patients and their families.  Rehabilitative patients benefit specifically from well-designed gardens that provide accessibility, socialization, stress relief, independence, movement, sensory stimulation and distraction from routine.

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The theme for the Healing gardens is a stroll “Along the Avenue”, providing a visually stimulating, looping path that connects interior rooms and activity areas along its route.  Along the Avenue, patients, families and friends can explore and participate in group activities and therapy programs or find solace in private garden “rooms” or the indoor Spirituality center. The design draws on the Elements to awaken multisensory experiences along the way: a fountain and trickling water sculpture, an outdoor fireplace, planters and raised flower beds which will be incorporated into the Horticultural Therapy program.  The successful Art Therapy program will now benefit from its own studio/gallery space.


In addition to being visually enticing, this advanced rooftop experience both maintains and updates features that present actual challenges confronted by patients in everyday life.  This design is particularly notable as it was driven by a uniquely collaborative effort between Magee, Charles Matsinger Associates, Carter Van Dyke Landscape Architects, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, patients, former patients and the dedicated staff who deliver patient care.

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Distinction in Sustainable Design

Charles Matsinger Associates is pleased to announce that the K-Wing Addition at Drexel University’s Queen Lane Medical Campus recently achieved a rating of Two (2) Green Globes.

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This high-profile academic building includes administrative offices for the Institute for Women’s Health and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine programs. A Medical Simulation center operates on the top floor and 4,500 square feet of the lowest floor houses the Medical College’s archives. Careful design ensures the reduction in the amount of storm water runoff from this new building addition.  Furthermore,  the green roof and porous paving which surrounds most of the building act together to limit the disturbance of the site’s hydrology.

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In 2009 Drexel University became the first university in the country to commit to using “Green Globes,” the Green Building Initiative’s independent environmental impact monitoring system, for all new construction and existing campus buildings. In keeping with our CMAgreen mission, we are proud to have collaborated with the University in order to facilitate their vision to provide more sustainable work and learning environments.

combined logosFor more information on CMAgreen, please contact our Sustainable Design Leader, Matthew Perna, AIA, LEED + AP at 215.925.6565


New Development at Charles Matsinger Associates

Charles Matsinger Associates is pleased to announce that Patty Whalen been promoted to Director of Business Development.


Patty graduated from Temple University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and from Neumann University with an M.S. in Education.  She has over fifteen years experience in Market Research for the Consumer Goods, Entertainment and Financial Services industries.  As a member of CMA’s marketing team over the past year, Patty assisted with Business Development in the preparation of proposals, qualification packages, newsletters and all marketing materials. She is also an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.  As Director of Business Development she will be responsible for acquiring new business and maintaining client relationships.

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………..


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.


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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