CMA Navigates New DOH Processes

Following a growing national trend, the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have recently adopted new electronic plan submission procedures for the review of healthcare projects. As one of the first firms to utilize the new processes, Charles Matsinger Associates has successfully developed a set of procedures to accommodate these new requirements. These in-house methodologies have put CMA at the forefront in navigating the particulars of each system.

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CMA Relocates and Renovates!

 1. New Offices

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2. Pre-Convention Renovation

AEC Cares is an organization that’s about “linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work”  The day before the National AIA Convention, AEC Cares sponsors a “blitz build” single day renovation of a building in the host city.  This year, on May 18th, they partnered with the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) for Project Philadelphia to renovate the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center.  The Center offers hundreds of Sharswood neighborhood youths after school and sports programs, six days and nights a week.  Nearing a century of use, the building was in dire need of repairs. Nearly 150 nationwide volunteers completed approximately $323,540 worth of renovations in a SINGLE DAY.

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CMA Project Architect Jeff Brummer, AIA, LEED AP, is a veteran volunteer with the CDC, which provides pro bono design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia.  He was part of the Design Collaborative team that provided preliminary design and project management for Project Philadelphia.  Jeff was involved in not only the design and construction processes, but in the fund and material-raising efforts to support the success of the project.

Months of planning and preliminary work resulted in stunning improvements to the spaces, including renovations to the lobby, auditorium, kitchen, after-school art room, and costume room. Jeff admits “It’s great to have the before photos for me to remember the difference between what it looked like before we started this renovation and what is now a completed project.”

Check out all before and after photos by clicking HERE:

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Kitchen Before and After



30th Anniversary Greetings

Charles Matsinger Associates is very pleased to have reached this milestone. In honor of our 30th year, we have created an infographic that celebrates small events, big steps and important relationships that have defined us as a firm.







CMA Pitches In

Jeremy_cropCMA staff member Jeremy McClure spends many a Saturday morning coaching a team for the Camden County Miracle League, a venture of Build Jake’s Place in Cherry Hill, NJ. Both organizations are dedicated to the mission of providing barrier-free, handicapped accessible recreational areas and activities to children and adults with physical or mental challenges.

On October 17th, a few of his colleagues joined for the 2nd annual Run4Play event, which was held to raise funds for these fantastic organizations. While impressed with the Boundless Design of the park, which includes a baseball field, walking trail and extensive playground, we found ourselves completely inspired by the limitless energy and enthusiasm shown by the runners, players, families and Buddies who participated that day.


CMA assisted in checking in runners and setting up refreshments for the 5K run/walk, and then manned the field as Buddies for the baseball game, in which every player gets a hit, every player scores a run, and both teams always win! As you’d expect, the players, some of whom have been in the Miracle League together for years, supported and cheered for both teams with gusto. More importantly though, players provided constant inspiration and motivation for teammates to push their individual limits. A great time was definitely had by all.

      group_crop  men_crop  Elizabeth_cropJeremy says “The thing I love the most about Miracle League is that no one on the field is there out of obligation, it is where and what everyone there wants to be doing Saturday morning. It’s an uplifting experience every time, and there is always at least one player showcasing a skill they have been practicing. I feel fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to become the “Phillies” team coach, it has allowed me to have so many great moments with the players and their supporters. I absolutely love everything about the organization, what they do and all those involved.”

Learn more about these fantastic organizations and their missions by clicking below:

          Build Jake’s Place                  Camden County Miracle League

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


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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