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Children's Hospital at Sinai, LifeBridge Health designed by Hord

Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Opens

  • March 21, 2012
  • HCM


The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai opens its doors to patients this week. Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, the $29.5 million, 57,200 sf facility features 26 private rooms that support Sinai Hospital’s philosophy of family-centered care.

“I am proud to have such a modern, beautiful space that gives us enhanced patient care capabilities for our children and young adults,” said Sinai Hospital President and Chief Operating Officer Neil M. Meltzer. “This project would not have been possible without the strong design acumen and aesthetic of the Hord Coplan Macht team.”

The design creates a new and distinct physical presence for Sinai’s pediatric center of excellence.   It frames the campus and provides a new lobby which serves the new Samuelson Children’s Hospital and the Blaustein Women’s Health Center, as well as the Labor and Delivery Department.

The full continuum of care in this single inpatient unit includes medical surgery (med/surg), oncology specialty care, and universal inpatient rooms which can provide intensive care. The next phase of the project will add an adjoining outpatient children’s diagnostic unit.

With the input of families and staff, the unit is designed to keep children comfortable and entertained.  Large expanses of glass bring natural light into both patient rooms and central areas. Medical equipment and technology has been integrated into the patient rooms to be unobtrusive to the child. Using bold color as a guide for orientation and accent, the unit maintains a playful feel with oversized room numbers and custom-designed, extra large elevator buttons.  The space is defined by clean lines that accent the artwork and focus the patient experience on the joyful elements. The nursing stations, located at both ends of a central core to provide faster response times to patients, glow and change color, creating visual interest at the scale of the child.

Family Centered Care (FCC), the core concept this expansion is based upon, recognizes that family is the constant in a child’s life and that integrating family into patient care improves medical outcomes. Patient rooms are designed to create distinct zones for caregivers, patients, and family.  They have ample space for the movement of wheelchairs, beds, and equipment while also providing a lounge and sleep space for parents who stay with their children overnight throughout their stay.


HCM’s Brightview South River Earns LEED Gold

  • March 9, 2012
  • HCM

We are pleased to announce that our new, $8.3 million senior living facility in Anne Arundel County has achieved LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The 90-unit complex, developed by the Shelter Development Group, includes 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 community comprises 64 assisted living units and a 26-unit Alzheimer’s wing with secure outdoor spaces and dining.

Hord Coplan Macht Adds Principal to Leadership Team

  • March 1, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that a new Principal has been added to their expanding Northern Virginia regional Office.  Joe Schneider, AIA, brings 20 years of mixed-use design experience to HCM’s multi-family studio, where he will focus on mid- and high-rise urban developments. 

Joe Schneider

Schneider holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his portfolio includes a broad range of projects in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC markets.  Working from HCM’s new Alexandria, VA office, he will spearhead the multi-family studio’s continued growth in the DC area.  Schneider was most recently employed by Niles Bolton Associates. 

Jim Determan

Jim Determan Named AIA Fellow

  • February 23, 2012
  • HCM

HCM is pleased to announce that Jim Determan has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Jim has passionately served the profession as an award-winning designer and advocate for education facilities for more than 25 years.  His dedication to design that enhances education for students and faculty alike has improved learning environments throughout the country.

HCM Wins Two Wintergreen Awards from USGBC

  • February 16, 2012
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht was honored by USGBC Maryland’s Chapter at their annual Wintergreen Award event held January 26, 2012. The Barrie School Lower School Design was recognized in the Unbuilt category for school design. The new Lower School builds off HCM’s earlier campus master planning exercise and creates three new structures to house the approximately 55,000 sf program.

Fisher Hall at St. Paul’s School earned a LEED Gold certification, and its sustainable features include: ground source heat pumps, a green roof, a reflective roof, photovoltaic panels, occupancy sensors, and daylight sensors.