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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Thoughts on Greenbuild 2013: Rethinking Healthcare Design


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


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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Wake Up and Vegetate

Veg 01 - croppedDrexel 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.

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Careful Programming Cooperation Leads to Successful Medical Space

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Cooper University Hospital – Camden, NJ

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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.

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Back to School for Thomas Jefferson University

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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