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Lou Posada

Luis Posada Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Healthcare Principal

  • January 26, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announced today that the firm has named Luis (Lou) Posada as Healthcare Principal.

Tasked with expanding the reach of the firm’s healthcare practice nationally and supporting the entire healthcare studio, Posada has an extensive background in healthcare with experience in medical facility planning, ranging from community hospitals to tertiary care facilities and academic medical centers for private sector and government healthcare clients.

Having worked on projects spanning small renovations to new, large endeavors, including the 465,000 sf Stony Brook University Medical Center – Medical and Transitional Research/Clinical Bed Tower, Posada is positioned to grow Hord Coplan Macht’s healthcare practice to new heights.

“We’re excited about Lou joining our healthcare studio and are confident that his drive and experience will translate directly to the success of our projects and ultimately, to that of our clients,” said Lee Coplan, CEO of Hord Coplan Macht.

“It is a great opportunity to join a talented and dynamic firm like Hord Coplan Macht and to help expand an already robust healthcare practice,” said Posada.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Posada was Principal and the Director of Healthcare Planning with AECOM in Washington, DC.


Hord Coplan Macht Receives Award for Denver Public Schools’ Emily Griffith Campus

  • December 21, 2015
  • HCM

Denver, CO (December 16, 2015) – Hord Coplan Macht (formerly SLATERPAULL Architects) announces that the firm has received the Mountains and Plains Award for Planning from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments for the Emily Griffith Campus in Denver.

The award was given to the firm for its master planning and programming work to convert the former office building at 1860 Lincoln Street into a downtown campus for Denver Public Schools (DPS). Hord Coplan Macht teamed with PCL Construction on the project in a design-build partnership.

The $34 million vertical campus was designed as an adaptive re-use of a 1963 office building. Today it serves as the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a K-5 school, Emily Griffith High School, Emily Griffith technical college and office space for 1,200 DPS employees.

“We appreciate the recognition of our work on the Emily Griffith Campus and want to thank our partners and Denver Public Schools for allowing us to be involved in such an exciting project and important addition to the educational landscape in Denver,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

About Hord Coplan Macht

Hord Coplan Macht is a full service architecture firm with offices in Denver, Baltimore, and Alexandria, VA. SLATERPAULL Architects merged with Hord Coplan Macht in 2014. Their combined services include: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation. The firm specializes in education environments, healthcare, multifamily, parks, office, institutional facilities and mixed use projects. For more information, visit

CSU Biology

Hord Coplan Macht and Haselden Tapped for $80M Biology Building at Colorado State University

  • September 16, 2015
  • HCM

The design-build team of Hord Coplan Macht and Haselden Construction announce that they were selected to complete design and construction for a new $81.9 million biology building on the Colorado State University (CSU) campus in Fort Collins, CO.

The 152,000 square foot classroom and research facility will anchor the eastern edge of CSU’s new science commons at South Pitkin and East Street. The building will include state-of-the-art research laboratories, which will further advance CSU’s nationally ranked biology department and the College of Natural Sciences.

The new building is being designed as a campus destination with large, two-story idea spaces for students and faculty to collaborate outside the research and teaching laboratories. The biology building, and its “science on display” design, will address the ongoing increase in enrollment at CSU along with the rising interest in life sciences across the country.

“We look forward to working with CSU, the College of Natural Sciences and our construction partners on this sensational building and applaud CSU for being one of the first higher education institutions to use the design/build lump sum delivery method,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “With the College’s dedication to providing inspirational science spaces for students and researchers, coupled with the University’s efficient delivery method, this project is one to watch.”

Hord Coplan Macht is currently working on the CSU campus with RATIO Architects on a $56 million, 60,000 square foot chemistry building. The combined biology and chemistry buildings total $136 million in new construction on campus and will further define and form the shared, outdoor space known as the new science commons.

“We’re thrilled to again be partnering with CSU and Hord Coplan Macht, building on the collaboration and past success of the Scott Bioengineering Building,” states Haselden vice president of business development, JJ Rams. “The biology building is a natural fit for our bio-science team and we look forward to enhancing CSU’s tradition of academic excellence.”


Hord Coplan Macht Wins Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award

  • August 1, 2015
  • HCM

The Maryland Green Registry has presented the 2015 Leadership Award to Hord Coplan Macht for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.

The Maryland Green Registry recognizes organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance with the leadership awards.

Specifically, Hord Coplan Macht was recognized for its leadership in sustainable design. As one of the nation’s leading architecture firms, Hord Coplan Macht has extensive experience working on LEED and sustainable projects that include new construction, renovations and major additions. The firm has 77 LEED projects (37 certified equaling over 3 million square feet) and reports energy data on all of its projects as part of the AIA 2030 Commitment. More than 66% of Hord Coplan Macht’s technical personnel are LEED Accredited Professionals and the firm donates an average of 2,000 volunteer hours every year to our local community. In addition, the firm has an active Sustainability Committee working on integrating sustainability into their office, design process, projects, and community.  The committee meets monthly and organizes initiatives and presentations providing resources, research, and education.

About the Maryland Green Registry

The Registry is a voluntary program that promotes and recognizes environmentally sustainable practices in organizations of all types and sizes statewide. Visit the Maryland Green Registry website for tips and resources designed to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

Mecayla Cobb, Senior Associate, Hord Coplan Macht

Mecayla Cobb Joins the Firm

  • June 1, 2015
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added Mecayla Cobb, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as the Denver office Director of Higher Education: Programming and Planning.

Cobb will assist with expanding the firm’s higher education practice and support the ongoing higher education projects across the firm focusing on campus master planning, implementation planning, as well as academic programming and benchmarking. She joins Hord Coplan Macht from CannonDesign, where she served as an Associate Vice President and Higher Education Team Leader.

“Mecayla brings a very successful track record in client service and project leadership in the higher education sector,” says Jennifer Cordes, Principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “Her expertise in this growing market will allow us to serve our clients’ needs and expand our capabilities.”

Cobb holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP) in New York and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas.


Denver Office Adds Landscape Architecture Studio

  • April 21, 2015
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added a landscape architecture studio to complement its existing architecture and interior design services. The new studio will be led by veteran landscape architect, Robyn Bartling, PLA, ASLA.

Bartling brings over 16 years of industry experience as a landscape architect, designer and project manager. She will manage landscape architecture services for the firm’s existing projects and assist with expanding the practice.

“Our new landscape architecture studio will allow us to deliver a full service approach to our clients’ projects,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “Robyn brings a very strong background and expertise in landscape architecture to the firm, which will allow us to create a robust practice to serve our clients’ needs to the fullest.”

Baltimore Green Week

  • March 21, 2015
  • HCM

As part of its annual Baltimore Green Week, Baltimore Green Works is proud to partner with Green Street Academy (GSA) and the architect, Hord Coplan Macht, for a presentation about the transformation of an existing building into a sustainable, state-of-the-art school for Green Street Academy. Please join us for a presentation to learn more about this exciting project. GSA 6th graders will also present on their recent solar energy lesson and competition. This event is free to the public; register at

Green Street Academy (GSA) was founded to inspire students to imagine their careers through the prism of sustainability and to prepare them with marketable skills for their future work life and extended education. By September 2015, GSA will have a new signature presence in Southwest Baltimore, at the former Gwynns Falls Park Junior High School. North Hilton Street will be transformed to a community anchor; it will be a state- of-the-art, sustainable building and site shaping a generation of citizens prepared to create a greener and more sustainable world.

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Ryan Maters, CPSM Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Marketing Manager

  • January 21, 2015
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) is proud to announce that Ryan Maters, CPSM has joined the firm as Marketing Manager for Higher Education. In his new role, Maters will lead the management, strategy and operations of the business development efforts of the firm in the higher education industry. HCM is poised for further growth within their Higher Education Studio and Maters’ efforts will be aimed at developing new clients, expanding work with existing clients and supporting the firm’s overall continued growth and success.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Maters was associate/director of business development for Mahan Rykiel Associates

Wye River Upper School

Hord Coplan Macht Honored with Design Award from AIA Chesapeake

  • December 1, 2014
  • HCM

HCM and Torchio Architects received an Honor Award from AIA Chesapeake for the Wye River Upper School  historic armory renovation.

Wye River Upper School specializes in educating high school students who have a variety of unique learning styles, including ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia.  Their philosophy is shaped by their guiding belief in the power of each student’s unique talents, skills, interests and goals.  Hord Coplan Macht, assisted by the local firm of Torchio Architects assisted the school to move from leased spaces in a local Community College to find and build-out a permanent new home in a historic National Guard Armory building in Centreville, MD.

The newly renovated 21,000 sf, three story brick structure has a small addition to provide good vertical access, but it retained its historic character that shines in nearly every room.  The school also takes advantage of its location in the town in ways like using the adjacent public library, rather than build their own.  The wide variety of spaces serve the diverse needs of the students and staff and the building brings life back to the community through re-use of a vacant structure and an opportunity for after-hours events and meeting space




Hord Coplan Macht | SLATERPAULL Team Selected for Occhiato University Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo

  • November 20, 2014
  • HCM

The design-build team of Nunn Construction/SLATERPAULL|HCM announce today that they were selected for the Occhiato University Center addition and renovation project on the campus of Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo).

The anticipated $25 million, 166,000-square-foot student center renovation and addition will be designed by Denver-based SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht and built by Nunn Construction of Colorado Springs. The student center, which includes a complete renovation of the existing 86,000-square-foot space with a 60,000-square-foot addition, is expected to be completed in 2017.

“We look forward to partnering with CSU-Pueblo on another campus project and designing a forward-thinking facility that will meet the needs of the students, faculty and community,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht.

The new student center is slated to include new residential dining venues for up to 2,000 on-campus students, a full service/banquet kitchen facility to support community and campus events, retail dining space, student lounges, an 11,000-square-foot ballroom, a 200-seat theater space, and a variety of office and student office facilities.

“Our goal is to transform the Occhiato University Center into the primary gathering place on campus that draws students and community members to CSU-Pueblo. With our proven team, I know we will make this goal a reality,” says Tyson Nunn, president, Nunn Construction.

Hord Coplan Macht Honored with Three Design Awards from AIA Baltimore

  • October 22, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce today that the firm was honored with three design awards from the
American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter.

Union Wharf, a 281-apartment-unit mixed use development, received a design award

Maryland Institute College of Art Leake Hall, a 200-bed student housing project received honorable mention

SECU Arena at Towson University, a 170,000 sf new arena also received honorable mention.



Hord Coplan Macht Selected as Best of Building Award Recipient by USGBC Members

  • October 8, 2014
  • HCM

The firm was awarded Best Residential Design Firm (Midsize) and for Best Landscape Architecture Firm (Midsize).

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce today that it received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Best of Building awards for Best Residential Design Firm – Midsize and for Best Landscape Architecture Firm – Midsize.

The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building. Nominees and winners were selected exclusively by the members of USGBC, a vibrant and diverse community of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability.

“USGBC’s membership represents a diverse community of leaders that have made significant contributions to the advancement of green building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “We congratulate Hord Coplan Macht, as these peer-chosen awards reflect new and innovative achievements that are to be commended.”

There are 30, peer-selected awardees selected for 48 individual categories in the competition. Awardees were selected based on their region, size and area of specialization and are designed to showcase the most progressive, innovative organizations in the fields of green architecture, landscape, engineering, interior design and manufacturing.


Slaterpaull Architects Joins Hord Coplan Macht

  • July 24, 2014
  • HCM

Baltimore-based multidisciplinary design firm Hord Coplan Macht announced today that Denver design and planning firm SLATERPAULL Architects has joined the firm.

The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Baltimore, MD, Denver, CO and Alexandria, VA that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services. Lee Coplan will remain as CEO of the firm and its headquarters will stay in Baltimore.

The addition gives Hord Coplan Macht’s practice an enhanced portfolio in K-12 and higher education design while adding healthcare, mixed use/housing and senior living to the SLATERPAULLDenver studio. The merger also broadens Hord Coplan Macht’s national presence by adding a Denver office.  In Denver, the combined firm will do business as SLATERPAULL Hord Coplan Macht.

“By combining our strengths we can offer deeper expertise and a wider scope of services to clients in more markets,” said Lee Coplan, one of the founders of Hord Coplan Macht who also serves as the firm’s CEO. “Ultimately, that means we can have a bigger positive impact on the organizations and communities we serve.”

“We share similar areas of expertise and cultures, as well as a strong sense of commitment to sustainable design, research and collaboration, which made this partnership a natural fit,” says Jamie Pedler, president and CFO of SLATERPAULL Architects. “We look forward to continuing to provide the same high level of service to our clients that we have delivered for the past 40 years with enhanced capabilities and expertise in additional project types.”

Three members of SLATERPAULL’s leadership team will join Hord Coplan Macht’s board of directors. The new firm will include a total of 180 employees among the three offices.

Hord Coplan Macht Ranked Baltimore’s Largest Architecture Firm

  • June 16, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht was recently ranked by the Baltimore Business Journal as the Baltimore market’s largest architecture firm. As the largest firm in the region, Hord Coplan Macht offers not only excellent design services but also deep personnel resources and  strong financial stability.

In the same survey, Hord Coplan Macht was also ranked as one of the Top 20 Interior Design firms in the region.

Hord Coplan Macht Projects Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • May 2, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that two of its projects have been recognized for their excellence in landscape architecture at the Annual Professional Awards Program of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


PA State Capitol South Park SunsetAn Honor Award was presented for the Rehabilitation of South Capitol Park in Harrisburg, PA.  South Capitol Park is a six-acre park on the campus of the historic Pennsylvania State Capitol, connecting the Capitol Building with Harrisburg’s commercial downtown.  The three-year, $10 million project carefully balanced contemporary needs with a sensitive and beautiful restoration of the historic park character and details.







The CameronWinning a Merit Award for design excellence is The Cameron, a mixed-use development in Silver Spring, MD, featuring a high rise apartment building (designed by WDG Architects), ground level retail, a variety of public open space amenities, public art and a rooftop pool terrace.  Along with adjacent developments, The Cameron has urbanized and enlivened the neighborhood with inviting public spaces, new shops and improved pedestrian connections to downtown Silver Spring.

Innovating the ICU

  • May 1, 2014
  • HCM

armstrongHord Coplan Macht is beginning a project with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s The Armstrong Institute to design and build a prototypical ICU of the future to improve patient outcomes. The following video, produced by students in MICA’s social design program, documents the first step in this exciting project.