Press Releases

Harford Community College Opens 3,200-seat APG Federal Credit Union Arena

  • January 5, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new 3,200 seat arena at Harford Community College.  The $26.7 million athletic complex includes team locker rooms and a training suite. It will be used for a variety of sports and events, including basketball, volleyball, Harford County high school graduations, concerts, trade shows, and even the circus.  The project also included the renovation of the existing Susquehanna Center into a new fitness center, auxiliary gym, elderly-accessible swimming pool, dance studio, multi-purpose labs, classrooms, and locker rooms.

Morgan State University, CBEIS

Morgan State University’s New School of Architecture and Engineering Building Opens

  • September 21, 2012
  • HCM

Contemporary design of landmark facility at Morgan State provides a host of amenities and green elements and links urban and natural landscapes on campus in Baltimore City.

BALTIMORE– September 21, 2012 – The new Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University opened its doors yesterday to great acclaim from students, staff and the community.  Hord Coplan Macht is the architect, in association with design architect The Freelon Group of Durham, NC, of the 126,000 sf, $67 million building.  The Center will house research and instructional programs in Architecture and Planning, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies, and, Civil Engineering in a highly cooperative and collaborative setting.

“Hord Coplan Macht was honored to play a lead role in the creation of this important new component on the Morgan State Campus,” said Tom Spies, Principal-in-Charge from Hord Coplan Macht. “It was inspiring for our team to provide space for students learning about subjects we are all knowledgeable and passionate about. We are confident CBEIS will serve as an incubator for new ideas and an inspiring environment for the next generation of leaders in architecture and engineering.”

Planned as a landmark building to house one of only two Schools of Architecture in the State, CBEIS (pronounced see-bis) is located at the north end of the University, and is designed to interact with and provide a link between two very different environments: the urban context along Perring Parkway and the natural landscape of the Herring Run Watershed.  A contemporary, light-weight, exterior metal skin appropriately complements this building for design and engineering disciplines. The project includes an architecturally compatible 396-car parking structure to minimize the need for students to park in the adjacent residential neighborhood.  The building also houses a state-of-the art earthquake simulator, one of only two of its kind on the East Coast.

The building’s form is defined by two, three-story bars; one containing classrooms and labs, the other offices. The two bars are connected by a sky-lit atrium which runs the entire length of the building, creating an internal “street” where students and faculty can gather and learn outside the classroom. The “street” features: lounges, an information kiosk, departmental “store fronts,” access to academic studio spaces, and a gallery space for display of student work.

As a school of design, CBEIS demonstrates the University’s commitment to sustainability. Extensive day-lighting studies were conducted resulting in all regularly occupied spaces being naturally illuminated during the day. The project is planned to receive LEED Gold Certification. 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 are only a few of the sustainable features.

Hord Coplan Macht Announces Promotions

  • June 28, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that the following team members have been promoted:

To Senior Associate:

Matthew DeWolfe, AIA, LEED AP

Jeff Hagan, AIA


To Associate:

Phyllis Biagi

Wei-Chung Chang, AIA, LEED AP+

Matthew Fitzsimmons, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Scott Geczi, AIA

Om Khurjekar, ASLA, LEED AP+

David Lopez, AIA, LEED AP

Toygun Mar, AIA, LEED AP

Leah Wettstein, CID, IIDA


“Talented and strong personnel are the backbone of excellent design,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan, AIA. “Professional development is a core focus in our firm and we believe that investing in our team members helps us to continue providing the highest level of service and care to our clients.”

Rick Abbott

Healthcare Design and Operations Executive Richard S. Abbott, AIA NCARB Joins Hord Coplan Macht Healthcare Team

  • June 8, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht, a leading multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Abbott, AIA, NCARB, as a principal in its healthcare studio. Mr. Abbott brings more than three decades of national and international high-level healthcare planning, design and operations experience to the firm and will play a key role in expanding its presence regionally and nationally.

Mr. Abbott has been instrumental in developing new facilities for many major healthcare institutions.  His project portfolio includes work for:

  • Yale Medical Group / Yale School of Medicine
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell and Columbia campuses
  • King Hussein Medical City in Jordan
  • Franklin Square Hospital Center
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center


 “The depth of Richard Abbott’s experience gives him a thorough understanding of, and an innovative approach to, the unique and ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan. “Adding him to our team provides a tremendous asset to our healthcare practice and will allow us to facilitate our plans for strategic, managed growth on a regional, national and international level.”

Mr. Abbott’s national and international experience lends itself to such growth. He has an extensive history of developing business in new markets and cultivating key strategic relationships internationally.

 Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Mr. Abbott was a vice president and healthcare principal with HDR Architecture in Alexandria, Va. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University.  A registered architect in Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina, he has received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for his work on the King Hussein Medical Center and an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for his work on St. Mary’s Health System in Knoxville, Texas.

Hord Coplan Macht Project Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • April 30, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that it’s Woodvalley Residence project has won an Honor Award in the 19th Annual Professional Awards Program by the American Society of Landscape Architects Maryland and Potomac Chapters. 

The Woodvalley Residence is a new residence and garden located in a 1960’s suburb of Baltimore County, MD.  Hord Coplan Macht, as landscape architect, created upper level garden spaces on the north side of the home, and, to make the best use of the sloping rear yard, the team designed a series of terraces on the south. The contemporary design language of architecture and landscape are tightly integrated through a clear minimalist approach and shared use of stone and wood materials in the interior and exterior spaces. Planting is arranged in simple, formal and informal patterns as an overlay to the structure of the site’s organization. The plant palette consists predominantly of natives and provides habitat for butterflies, birds, and pollinators.