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MMA’s educational design experience dates back to the firm’s early days. Quality education in our communities has always been extremely important to our firm, and we strive to ensure our nation’s youth is offered the proper facilities to learn, play and grow. Building a nurturing environment for students is imperative to the health of a community and its citizens. This is why MMA misses no detail in our critical thinking process and EBD (Evidence Based Design) mentality. This approach can be applied to all branches of our firm and is simply a term to classify our unique thought process. Through data research and community outreach, we seek to find exactly what each specific community needs, which then allows our projects to be constructed based on the specific needs and wants of the community. 

Some of these projects include: 

Hillel Yeshiva, is a premier religious school in Ocean Township NJ. The school is made up of 4 divisions set on a campus-like setting, with children ranging in age from 1.5 years through high school. MMA was selected to provide the architectural and design services for a complete campus wide renovation and facilities upgrade to accommodate the needs and growth of the current and future student populations.

 One of our earliest projects, Samuel Smith Early Childhood Center in Burlington, NJ, was the state’s first Early Childhood Center (ECC).  The NJEDA assumed MMA’s contract

with the City of Burlington Board of Education for this ECC, making MMA the first architecture firm in the State of New Jersey to have a contract assumed by the Authority. 


Another one of MMA’s school projects is PS 290, a new 104,250 sq. ft. primary school located at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Tonsor Street, in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The project site originally consisted of a 44,252 sf lot improved with a 9,445 sf building last utilized as a “Rite-Aid” and an asphalt-paved customer parking lot. Retaining walls were also present along the southern and eastern borders of the site. 

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During his tenure at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, Tom has spent close to Thirty Years in planning, design, construction and contract administration for a wide range of large and small-scale projects. He joined the company in early 1997 and as one of MMA’s Principals, he has been responsible for overseeing the growth and success of the educational design studio for the last two decades. His responsibilities include contract generation, establishing budgets for hard and soft costs, design consultant coordination, and overseeing construction administration and project close-out. Tom attributes his success to his attention to detail, and his ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.