Press Releases

HCM Participates in Project Clean Stream

  • April 11, 2013
  • HCM

Many Hord Coplan Macht team members and their families recently spent a beautiful Saturday morning improving a stretch of the Herring Run stream in Baltimore.  Sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the crew spent the morning removing more than 50 bags of trash from one of Baltimore’s major tributaries to the Bay.




Hord Coplan Macht Wins Best of 50+ Housing Award

  • March 22, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that Brightview South River Assisted Living, located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has been awarded the Gold National Design Award in the Best of 50+ Assisted Living / Special Needs Community category by the National Association of Home Builders.

Developed by Shelter Development, LLC , the Brightview South River community is comprised of 64 assisted living units and a 26-unit Alzheimer’s wing.  The community offers a host of amenities including multiple dining options, a fitness center with adjacent spa and beauty facilities as well as activity spaces for arts & crafts and hobbies.  Outdoor living features include a patio, a gazebo and gardens with trellises and walking paths. The top floors are dedicated to assisted living residents. Their spaces include a lounge with a fireplace, brain fitness room, lounge, library and activity rooms.

The project achieved LEED Gold Certification and is Shelter’s first LEED project.  Features include many sustainable design elements such as a green roof, electric car charging stations, native landscaping, purchase of green energy, and use of recycled content building materials.

The National Association of Home Builders Best of 50+ Housing Awards recognize projects that represent innovation in design, development, lifestyle, and marketing housing to an older consumer.  The award ceremony aims to identify current trends in the 50+ housing market.

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.

Morgan State University, CBEIS

Hord Coplan Macht Wins Wintergreen Award

  • February 7, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University, for which the firm served as the lead architect in association with The Freelon Group, has been honored with a Wintergreen Award by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Maryland Chapter.

By jury selection, the award recognizes distinction, innovation and leadership in green building design throughout the state of Maryland.

At the forefront of the campus, the 126,000 square foot, $67 million building highlights Morgan State University’s commitment to sustainability. CBEIS houses the School of Architecture and Planning and the School of Engineering’s Civil Engineering, Transportation Studies, and the National Transportation Center.

Pursuing LEED Gold Certification, sustainable features of the building include photovoltaic cells on the roof and in the curtainwall, a greywater and rainwater harvesting system in the lower level, and highly efficient heating and cooling systems, and extensive daylighting.

Projects for the Wintergreen Awards must be located within the state of Maryland and be registered under any third party green building rating system. USGBC states, “Nominations are judged on a series of sustainable measures including, but not limited to innovation in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems.”


Tim Barnhill

Hord Coplan Macht’s Timothy Barnhill Earns Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification

  • February 5, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht, a leading multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm, is pleased to announce that Tim Barnhill has recently earned his Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design.  EDAC was developed to educate architects about healthcare design decisions based on credible research evidence.

Barnhill is a principal in the healthcare studio at Hord Coplan Macht.  With over fifteen years of architectural experience, he has spent a large portion of his career focusing on project development and assisting healthcare and corporate clients with space planning and design.  Barnhill’s experience includes master planning and the design of complex healthcare and corporate facilities.  Recent projects include Levindale Geriatric Hospital – the Households at Levindale, and the Renewal and Infrastructure upgrades at the Shock Trauma Center located at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification is a program that has established new standards for individuals using an evidence-based design process for healthcare building projects. An EDAC-certified individual can help make design decisions and recommendations based upon the best available research information. Using this process has been proven to produce measurable improvements in healthcare facility clinical outcomes, economic performance, productivity, customer satisfaction and cultural measures, among others.

Barnhill’s accreditation is one of the many ways Hord Coplan Macht provides clients with future-focused and expert-led services.  Barnhill is one of only a dozen EDAC-certified professionals in the State of Maryland.

About The Center for Health Design

The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit organization that engages and supports professionals and organizations in the healthcare, construction, and design industry to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. CHD’s mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit