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Hord Coplan Macht Project Featured in National Building Museum Exhibit

  • February 25, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that its recent project at Barrie School, in Silver Spring, MD is being included in the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to the greening of American schools.  Featuring exemplary projects from new construction, to rehabs, to modular classrooms, the exhibition will survey the extraordinary breadth of green school design in the United States through sample building materials, photographs, video, green products and full scale building mock-ups.

HCM’s featured project is Barrie School’s Learning Studio and Research Learning Lab, two state-of-the-art buildings that embrace a new paradigm in educational delivery, where creative and analytical problem solving, complex communication, leadership and team work, digital and quantitative literacy, adaptability, integrity and most important, global perspectives are emphasized.

Contrasting the “one-size-fits-all” approach to education prevalent in the 20th century, the new, 5,800 sf facilities at Barrie physically manifest the school’s dynamic curriculum and focus on the needs of students as individuals. Through a highly flexible learning environment, the Learning Studio and Research Learning Lab support opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and communication (student-to-student, teacher-to-student, and teacher-to-teacher.) These agile and adaptable classrooms easily convert into large group learning spaces, multiple small group collaboration areas, and a large town hall lecture room. This is supported by flexible furniture; moveable wall panels; clear sight lines; acoustic control; and, ideally located exterior windows that provide optimal interior layout and meaningful student views.

In concert with Barrie School’s enduring commitment to sustainability, both buildings were designed to achieve LEED Platinum and embrace nearly every definition of environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, increased eco-awareness and healthy interiors.  Built from many post-consumer materials, these buildings incorporate cool roof technology, FSC Certified wood, rapidly renewable materials, occupancy sensors, energy efficient lighting, with cisterns irrigating an indigenous landscape.

Manufacturer:  Modular Genius

Modular Genius, Inc. is an award winning Turn Key, General Contractor Offering Permanent and Temporary Use Commercial Modular Buildings. Modular Genius, Inc. is a member of the Modular Building Institute and US Green Build Council constructing projects for public and private sector use groups including Education, Business, Assembly, Healthcare and is a US Federal Government contractor. The firm completes the project from Design to Occupancy with a mission to consistently provide, and continually improve the method of eco-friendly modular construction. Our employees and subcontractors are committed to reliability in everything they do, adding value to our customers’ goals, while sustaining the environment in which we live. For more information about Modular Genius, Inc. visit us at

Project Manager:  Kramer Consulting Services, PC

Kramer Consulting Services, PC (“KRAMER”) is a multifaceted organization that provides owner representation/project management for all phases of new construction and renovation projects. Established in 1994, KRAMER provides unbiased advice resulting in added value to clients who range from public and private institutions to business enterprises, encompassing the full spectrum of end-user markets. KRAMER is a certified CBE in the District of Columbia and offers services nationwide. Our mission is to provide clients with a single resource to manage all aspects of their construction project, obtaining on-time delivery and maximum value for every dollar spent. Follow us on Twitter: @KramerDC or visit our web site:

Owner:  Barrie School

Barrie School is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school, serving approximately 350 students from age 2 through grade 12. Barrie provides a nurturing and accepting atmosphere and a curriculum that challenges students to reach beyond their current grasp. They recognize that education is a journey that should respond to the needs of students as they develop from concrete, multi-sensory learners into abstract thinkers with increasing capacities for critical analysis, collaboration and effective communication. Barrie believes that education should strike a balance between theoretical and practical learning. We strive to instill in our students a continuing desire for personal excellence in a complex and ever-changing world.

About The National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, web content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.