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Hord Coplan Macht-Designed Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture Achieves LEED Certification

  • May 4, 2011
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BALTIMORE– May 4, 2011Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), an architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today that the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture has achieved LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The new Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture is home to a variety of County, State and Federal agencies that are involved with agriculture, including the County Soil Conservation District and the University of Maryland. The Center also serves as a resource for providing educational activities, supporting economic development to the agriculture sector, and promoting practices that enhance our natural resources.

The center has achieved LEED certification for reducing energy and water use, implementing storm water management strategies, providing regional, non-contaminating materials, amongst a variety of other sustainable features. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Hord Coplan Macht Signs AIA 2030 Challenge and Commitment

  • April 25, 2011
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BALTIMORE– April 25, 2011Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), an architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today that the firm has signed the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment as well as the 2030 Challenge.

Recognizing the fact that buildings are the largest single contributor to the production of greenhouse gases, AIA has challenged design practitioners to exercise leadership in their role in creating the built environment.  The goal of the 2030 Commitment is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both projects and in business operations, with an objective of carbon neutrality by the year 2030.

HCM’s dedication to environmentally-responsible design is a long-standing tradition within the firm, dating back to its founding in 1977.  In 2010, HCM was named the Transformative Firm of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Maryland Chapter.  In addition, HCM has numerous projects certified by USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program including the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture (LEED Gold) in Hunt Valley, MD and the headquarters building for Century Engineering (LEED Gold) in Timonium, MD.

Hord Coplan Macht Awarded Modernization of Montgomery County Middle School

  • April 10, 2011
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BALTIMORE– April 10, 2011Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a full-service architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today that the firm has been awarded a contract for the replacement of Farquhar Middle School for Montgomery County Public Schools.

The new facility will be built on the site adjacent to the existing Farquhar Middle School, allowing the existing school to remain in operation during construction. Serving grades 6-8, the new 2-story facility will be designed to achieve LEED-NC Silver, with geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, daylight harvesting, rainwater collection, and porous paving.

With the rural character of the community in mind, the school will share its uses within the cafeteria, media center and gymnasium. The 17.2 acre site will display new athletic fields, a 120-space parking lot, parent drop-off loop, bus loop, tennis courts and basketball courts.

Hord Coplan Macht Expands Education Studio with Strategic Hire of Chester Bartels

  • March 23, 2011
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BALTIMORE – March 23, 2011Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a full-service architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today the addition of award-winning designer Chester Bartels as Senior Designer.  An 18-year industry veteran, Bartels most recently served as Principal Designer and Studio Director for SHW Group in Reston, Virginia. His new role is part of HCM’s strategic plan to continue growing and expanding its expertise in education design.

Bartels will guide the design of a variety of K-12 and higher education projects, while also serving as a firm-wide resource to further HCM’s mission of design excellence throughout the course of a project.

Hord Coplan Macht Continues Growth with Five New Hires

  • March 9, 2011
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BALTIMORE– March 9, 2011Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a full-service architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today the addition of five designers to the HCM team.

Brad Holder—With ten years of design experience, Brad is joining the firm’s housing studio.  A 2001 graduate of Auburn University, he was most recently with Marks, Thomas Architects in Baltimore.

Ko Kuwabara, LEED AP—Ko returns to HCM’s healthcare studio after spending a year with Engineering Ministries International where he provided pro bono design services for K-12 and higher education projects in India.  Ko holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia (2007).

Drew Suljak—Drew is joining HCM’s education studio.  A 2010 Master’s graduate from the University of Oregon’s Urban Program in Portland, Drew previously worked for Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, DC.

Valerie Smith, LEED AP—A new member of HCM’s housing studio, Valerie holds a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Maryland (2010) and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University (2005).  She previously worked for Ayers Saint Gross Architects in Baltimore.

Anne Stahl—An interior designer, Anne holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Jacksonville (2010) and was previously employed by Rink Design Partnership of Jacksonville, FL.