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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.

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Cynthia Shonaiya, AIA Appointed to Maryland Board of Architects

  • March 28, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principal Cynthia Shonaiya, AIA, LEED AP has been sworn into the Maryland Board of Architects. Shonaiya, who has 23 years of professional experience with projects on five continents, is a leader in the firm’s multifamily studio, with a focus on senior housing.  The Maryland Board of Architects “qualifies and licenses individuals seeking licensure and issues permits to business entities through which architecture is practiced.”

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Education Design Executive Paul Lund, AIA Joins Hord Coplan Macht Team

  • March 21, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) is proud to announce that Paul R. Lund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has joined the firm as Principal. Lund is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s higher education practice which includes a vibrant portfolio of work for colleges and universities throughout the region. He brings 22 years of design experience, including notable projects for the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, American University and Johns Hopkins University, to HCM and his proven track record in college and university facility design will further enhance the growth mission of the firm.

“The depth of Paul Lund’s experience gives him a thorough understanding of, and an innovative approach to, the unique and ever-changing needs of education design,” said Hord Coplan Macht Principal, Peter Winebrenner. “Adding him to our team provides a tremendous asset to our practice and will allow us to facilitate our plans for strategic, managed growth on a regional, national and international level.”

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

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Lund was a Principal at Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, DC.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and is an active member of the DC-area design community, recently presenting at the Virginia Educational Facilities Planners Annual Conference and serving as past co-chair for the Washington, DC AIA Chapter’s Urban Design Committee and on the formation committee for the Design Arlington Awards Program.

Hord Coplan Macht Earns Four Sustainable Design Awards

  • February 24, 2014
  • HCM

IMG_03722Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that three of its projects have been honored by the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter (USGBC MD) with Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building. The awards program recognizes exceptional green buildings that demonstrate innovation in sustainable design, environmental impact, and social benefit. In addition to the project awards, Hord Coplan Macht’s design of a student dormitory for the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA also earned the People’s Choice Award. Hord Coplan Macht’s award-winning projects are:

Foxcroft School Stuart Hall; Middleburg, VA (also received People’s Choice Award) – This new, 50-bed dormitory for a small, all girls college-preparatory boarding and day high school recently received LEED Gold Certification. The most innovative and meaningful sustainable strategy was engaging the students during the design and construction process through classes, workshops, and the development of a new green school logo and dashboard.  Other sustainable elements include a geothermal energy system contributing to a 34% modeled reduction; a 44% modeled water reduction; a 93% diversion of construction waste; 70% of the site preserved as open space; green housekeeping and tenant education.

The Greens at Irvington Mews Apartments; Baltimore, MD – This new 100-unit apartment building, which caters to seniors, is pursuing USGBC LEED for Homes Silver and Enterprise Green Communities certifications.  The project includes numerous sustainable features such as low-E, double pane windows, water conserving plumbing fixtures, LED and Energy Star certified light fixtures, upgraded insulation, and high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems.  The project is projected to save 30% in energy costs versus a similar baseline building.

Union Wharf Apartments; Baltimore, MD — Located on the waterfront in historic Fells Point, Union Wharf is a 281-unit, mixed-use development that is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. Sustainable features of this high density, transit-oriented project include brownfield redevelopment, optimization of open space; “urban heat island” reduction;  a 44% modeled water reduction; green housekeeping and tenant education.

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Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center NICU Design by Hord Coplan Macht Earns National Praise

  • February 21, 2014
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) is proud to announce that its design of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center was named a finalist in the  National Patient and Family Centered NICU Design Competition.  Sponsored by The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, the award program recognizes spaces that facilitate healing and encourage patient and family participation. Hord Coplan Macht’s design was honored to receive second place, among entrants from across the industry, in this international competition.  

Through a commitment to patient and family-centered care, Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center’s new, 20-bed, single-patient-room NICU will provide a space that promotes care, family participation, and staff satisfaction. In this family-centered care environment, the balance of visibility and privacy are essential for the well-being of the newborn and family, and for responsiveness of the staff. At the same time, the design fosters a feeling of community among patients’ families through the creation of informal gathering zones and shared resource areas.

The design of the NICU creates defined yet overlapping zones for caregivers and families centered on the infant. By bringing the caregiver and family together as an individualized unit, staff need not feel as if they are imposing on families who are attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy during a very stressful time.

Scheduled to open in spring 2015, the new NICU promises to be a nurturing center of excellence where the youngest and most vulnerable patients can heal surrounded by the loving care of their families.

Hord Coplan Macht Alexandria Office is Growing

  • December 10, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht’s continuing growth in the Washington, DC and Virginia markets means we need more space!  Effective December 16, 2013 our new address is:

2000 Duke Street, Suite 120

Alexandria, VA  22314

The phone number has remained the same – 571-388-7761

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Barrie School Research + Learning Lab and Studio Wins AIA Baltimore Grand Design Award

  • November 28, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht’s design of a 21st Century modular classroom addition to the Barrie School has been honored with the Grand Design Award, the Chapter’s highest honor, by AIA Baltimore.

Employing a modular construction approach, the school brought on line two compact, high performing learning environments, the Studio and the Research + Learning Lab.  By taking advantage of a less arduous jurisdictional approval process, these two buildings were built as replacements to two aging modular structures.

The buildings are a clear demonstration of Barrie’s commitment to 21st-century learning and sustainability.  The new learning studios physically embrace this dynamic curriculum and support opportunities for student and faculty collaboration, communication and creativity through highly flexible and adaptable interior spaces.   They 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 that provide smart board use and support acoustic control; and, ideally located exterior windows that provide optimal interior layout and meaningful student views.