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Chan Byun Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Principal

  • January 31, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht announced today that the firm has named Chan Byun, AIA, LEED AP as Principal and Senior Designer in the education studio.

Byun is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s higher education practice, which includes a vibrant portfolio of work for colleges and universities throughout the country. He brings 27 years of proven experience and possesses a true passion for design across a wide array of markets and building types. Mr. Byun is recognized nationally and internationally for his quality of work in design excellence and innovation. His portfolio includes projects for Virginia Tech, Boston College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“We’re excited about Chan joining the firm, and are confident that his drive and experience will translate directly to the success of our projects and ultimately, to that of our clients,” said Peter Winebrenner, Education Studio Leader of Hord Coplan Macht.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Byun was a Senior Designer for EYP in Boston, MA and previously served as Design Principal for CannonDesign.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Green Street Academy Becomes the World’s Second Largest LEED® Certified Platinum Project

  • December 12, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is thrilled to announce that our project, Green Street Academy (, West Baltimore’s public charter middle and high school, has achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the Schools v3 rating system, making it the first and only in Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and the second largest in the world, as of the date of certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.  Platinum Certification is the highest rating achievable, and ranks Green Street Academy in the top four percent of all schools in the world under this rating.

The certification was achieved in May 2016, and on Oct. 12 at 4:oo p.m., a representative from the USGBC will present a plaque to the school’s executive director Dan Schochor and to Hord Coplan Macht. Invited guests of the ceremony include the project’s developers Seawall Development Co., its construction company Southway Builders / MCN Build JV, and financiers Bank of America, the Abell Foundation, and The Reinvestment Fund, as well as local elected officials and members of the media. Tours of the facility will follow plaque presentation.

“Green Street Academy receiving the highest possible designation for sustainable construction in the renovation of a Baltimore landmark is yet another example of the school putting its mission of creating a more sustainable, future-focused way of educating students into action,” remarked Dan Schochor, Green Street Academy’s executive director.  “Much has been made about the importance of creating 21st century-prepared students through education, and there is no better way to accomplish that goal than to surround those same students with a structure that very literally supports that mission and vision.”

Under the LEED Schools v3 Rating System, the 111,000-sq.-ft.-facility achieved certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Sustainability and resiliency strategies were integrated into the green building process and project, including:  


  • Connections to community and neighborhoods
  • Shares building and site with Kingdom Life Church
  • Allows school to grow in future with master plan
  • Supports public transportation, bikes, and pedestrians
  • Reduces total amount of parking and shares with church
  • Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles and carpools
  • Maximizes open space and outdoor learning areas
  • Reduces “heat island effect” with reflective roofs


  • Uses water efficient landscaping
  • 30 percent modeled water use reduction
  • Reduces kitchen process water use


  • 38 percent modeled energy reduction
  • Enhanced commissioning system verification
  • 7.5 percent on-site renewable energy with photovoltaic parking canopies


  • Reuses 100 percent of existing building’s walls, floors, roofs
  • Reuses 66 percent of existing interior non-structural elements
  • 84 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • 41 percent recycled materials installed
  • 20 percent regional materials installed

Indoor Environment

  • Indoor air quality during construction and occupancy
  • Provides acoustical performance for all learning areas
  • Installs low emitting (no-to-low VOC) materials
  • Group and individual control – thermal comfort and lighting
  • Provides daylight and views to exterior


Further sustainable strategies were developed into an overall Master Plan including:


The Landscape of Demonstration

  • Habitat Conservation Meadows
  • Water Resource Exhibit (with Cistern Fed Gardens)
  • Entrance Canopy with Green Roof

The Landscape of Production

  • Community Fruit Orchard
  • Hoop Houses, Raised Garden Beds, Chicken Coops, and Tilapia Fish Farms
  • Renewable Energy Array (PV parking canopies, sunflower fields and renewable energy research zone)

The Landscape of Learning

  • Global Outdoor Classroom (with Bio-retention and Wetland Habitat)
  • Flexible Recreation Fields / Space

The Landscape of Experimentation

  • Interactive Aquaponics Center (enclosed courtyard with media beds, raft beds, aquaculture tanks, and vertical gardens)
  • Forestry Laboratory

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The Green Street Academy project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

In addition to its LEED Platinum Certification designation, Green Street Academy has received several accolades since the renovated school was opened in 2015, including:

  • Public Building of the Year, AIA MD, 2016
  • Wintergreen Presidents Award, USGBC -MD, 2016
  • Excellence in Construction Award, ABC Baltimore, 2016
  • Project of the Year, ABC Baltimore, 2016
  • Rehabilitation Award, Baltimore Heritage, 2016


About LEED

As the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED is transforming buildingshomes and communities in all 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories worldwide. LEED guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of more than 79,600 projects worldwide, comprising more than 15.3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional construction space, and more than 245,000 additional residential units.


About Green Street Academy:


Green Street Academy (GSA) is an innovative public middle-high charter school, inspiring scholars with sustainability and preparing them for college and career through project-based learning. Originally constructed in 1925, the former Gwynns Falls Park High School (125 N. Hilton Street) sat nearly vacant for more than 20 years in an urban site in Southwest Baltimore. An overhaul that was completed Sept. 2015, transforming what’s now Green Street Academy into a community anchor and a state-of-the-art, sustainable building shaping a generation of citizens prepared to create a greener and more sustainable world. In May 2016, the school achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the Schools v3 rating system, making it the first and only in Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and the second largest in the world, as of the date of certification. Learn more at



Ara Massey Named 40 Under 40 Winner by Building Design + Construction

  • October 8, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announces that Ara Massey, LEED AP BD+C, senior associate and sustainability director, has been selected as one of Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Massey leads Hord Coplan Macht’s sustainable design team in Denver and works with project managers and principals to optimize sustainable use of resources, both people and environmental, on all design projects.

“We are thrilled that Ara is being recognized for her expertise and passion for sustainability,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht, Denver. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share her deep knowledge in the areas of sustainable design and green building with our team and our clients through our projects.”

Massey is heavily involved in a variety of professional organizations and community activities focused on green building and sustainable design. As a subject matter expert for Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) she helps develop the LEED AP BD+C accreditation test and presents regularly at sustainably-focused conferences across the country.

“Down to my core I am passionate about creating healthy, beautiful spaces in order to optimize our most precious resources: people and the environment,” says Massey.

Massey and other 40 Under 40 winners are being profiled in the October edition of Building Design + Construction Magazine.

Hord Coplan Macht Receives Three Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers

  • October 3, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that the firm has received three awards for excellence in interior design from the American Society of Interior Designers Maryland Chapter. 

Earning first place in healthcare design is the expansion and renovation of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s outpatient center.












Winning first place for sustainability is the historic renovation of Green Street Academy.












Receiving honorable mention for commercial design is the renovation of the Roland Park Country School Library.












About the American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.


Largest Charter School Project in Colorado Opens

  • August 23, 2016
  • HCM

Stargate School Part of Public-Private Partnership + Mixed-Use Development

Thornton, CO (August 23, 2016) – Stargate, a new $51M charter school located on a 43-acre campus and part of a 70-acre mixed-use development in Thornton, opens today. Stargate is the largest charter school project in Colorado, the largest gifted school in the state, and the second largest charter school project to be completed in the nation.

The school, which serves gifted children kindergarten through high school, is part of a mixed-use development in Thornton, in which five acres of retail space and/or commercial support property is planned adjacent to the educational facility. The mixed-use nature of the development is part of a public-private partnership between Stargate School, City of Thornton, the land owner, investors and the design/construction team.

Stargate is chartered by Adams 12 Five Star School District and located at 14530 Washington St. in Thornton, CO near the intersection of 1-25 and 144th.

“Stargate School has served gifted students in grades K-8 for over 20 years. We built our new K-12 campus to allow us to instruct gifted students The Stargate Way through their high school years,” says Josh Cochran, executive director, Stargate School. “Our new learning spaces will allow us to provide differentiated instruction to 1,600 students in grades K-12 at full build-out. All of our students will experience our new passion based gifted class we call ADROIT. Combined with our gifted instruction, our Adroit students, who are already clever or skillful using the hands or mind, will learn to develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. We have designed new makerspaces in each of our buildings where students will create through a Hands On Minds On approach that aligns with our values of gifted education,” says Cochran.

The new campus includes two academic buildings, fieldhouse and amphitheater all designed by Denver-based architecture firm, Hord Coplan Macht, to cater to the gifted and talented student population. The expansion includes a high school with an enrollment goal of 1,600 total students K-12. The site design incorporates a quad-style campus, and each academic building includes breakout spaces and a learning commons/makerspace for kids to pursue “passion projects”.

“The campus design and the variety of learning spaces we created reflects the innovative educational vision of the school leadership and board members that we worked with from the beginning. They were an inspiration to the design team,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

JHL Constructors is the general contractor and Inline Management is the owner’s representative on the project.

Several community leaders, including Thornton Mayor, city council members, school officials and design and construction team members will be in attendance to make remarks and celebrate the opening of the school, which currently serves 1,175 students. Students will begin attending school Wednesday, August 24.

About Stargate
Stargate School was founded in 1994. The school provides a differentiated program designed specifically to meet the needs of identified intellectually gifted learners in order to challenge each student’s academic abilities, support their unique emotional needs, promote individual character development and encourage a life-long love of learning. For more information, visit