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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. 


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.

Hord Coplan Macht Expands with New Alexandria, Virginia Office

  • February 2, 2012
  • HCM

BALTIMORE– February 2, 2012 – – To better serve its growing practice in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) has opened a branch office in Alexandria, Virginia. An architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm with more than 30 years of experience, HCM specializes in healthcare, multi-family housing, mixed-use, education, parks and recreation, office and institutional facilities. The office will be home to principals in all of HCM’s studios.

“This new office is part of our long-term plan for continued growth. It provides the potential to expand geographically and to increase our market share with our core target clients,” says Lee Coplan, Senior Principal.
The office is located at 225 Reinekers Lane in Alexandria.

Union Wharf Groundbreaking

Hord Coplan Macht’s Union Wharf Project Begins Construction

  • January 10, 2012
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BALTIMORE–January 10, 2012 – – Located on the waterfront in historic Fells Point, HCM’s Union Wharf project is a $72 million, 281-unit, mixed-use development that embodies the character of its unique setting. The project features open, loft-like residences overlooking the harbor and multiple courtyards.  In addition to residential units, the first-floor will contain a mix of uses including approximately 4,500 sf of retail and 10,000 sf of amenities and common areas.

Resident amenities in the seven-story community include a resort-style lobby; 150-foot zero edge pool; clubroom with lounge, bar room, billiards room, and theatre; fitness center with yoga room; cyber café and conference room; and pocket parks providing ample outdoor green space.

The project is expected to open in Fall 2013.

DC War Memorial Dedication_Fall 2011

DC War Memorial on National Mall Unveiled

  • November 21, 2011
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BALTIMORE– November 21, 2011 – – Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce the re-opening of the DC War Memorial. Since August 2010, the historic Memorial and grounds have been under restoration through funding by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Under a term contract with the National Park Service, HCM led the team of preservation architects, conservators, cultural landscape architects and engineers in this intensive rehabilitation effort . Completed in 1931, the Peristyle Doric Temple, located on the National Mall in West Potomac Park, was built to memorialize local heroes who served the nation in World War I. The first war memorial on the Mall, the DC War Memorial lists all 499 District residents who lost their lives in the war, regardless of their rank, race, or gender.

Hord Coplan Macht / Freelon to Design $65 Million Building for University of Maryland Eastern Shore

  • September 21, 2011
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BALTIMORE– September 21, 2011 – – Hord Coplan Macht, in joint venture with The Freelon Group, has been selected to design a new Engineering, Aviation, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences building for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  The $65 million, 163,350 GSF building will house several academic and administrative programs and will incorporate an architectural expression reflective of the mission, heritage, and traditions of this growing teaching, research, and doctoral institution.

UMES has experienced regular and significant growth in recent years, particularly in graduate programs, and this new project is a key component of their 10-year master plan.  Additionally, the building will further the University’s strong commitment to sustainability, and is expected to obtain LEED Certification at the Gold level.

“We’ve worked with the University of Maryland System on a number of projects in recent years and feel privileged to have this opportunity to help the University of Maryland Eastern Shore shape their campus for the future,” says HCM Education Principal Tom Spies.

“We are excited about the University’s commitment to design excellence and are proud to have been selected to design this important structure”, says Phil Freelon, President of The Freelon Group.  “Providing quality learning environments is central to our firm’s core values, and we look forward to working with the staff, students and other stakeholders to deliver an exemplary building.”

Carol Macht

Carol Macht Named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects

  • August 10, 2011
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BALTIMORE– August 10, 2011 – – Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that founding member and Senior Principal Carol Macht has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and the society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.  The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time.

Macht has been a dynamic force within the greater Baltimore design community for more than 30 years.  Her primary design focus is on public open spaces, campus landscapes, and residential gardens, which she ably delivers in historically traditional, modern, or contemporary styles. She is also a vocal advocate for creating livable and sustainable neighborhood spaces. A generous mentor for emerging professionals and students alike, Macht earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.

She is highly regarded as a design leader by her professional peers and clients including Loyola University Maryland, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, Washington College, and the Baltimore Development Corporation, among others.


Hord Coplan Macht Continues Growth with Five New Team Members

  • June 15, 2011
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BALTIMORE– June 15, 2011 – – Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a full-service architecture and landscape architecture firm, announced today the addition of five designers to the HCM team.

Sarah Chapin – Sarah joins the firm’s education studio as a project architect.  She previously spent four years with B+H Bunting Coady Architects in Vancouver, Canada and holds a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

Jenna Lingsch, LEED AP – With six years of experience, Jenna is joining the firm’s healthcare studio.  A graduate of Mississippi State University, Jenna was most recently employed by Rohrer Studio in Baltimore.

James Norwood , LEED AP –  A new member of HCM’s healthcare studio, James joins HCM after earning  his Master’s  of Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park.

Seth Rothman – Seth recently earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and will be a member of HCM’s healthcare studio.

Hong Zhu – Hong joins the firm’s housing studio after completing her Master’s of Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park.

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.

Hord Coplan Macht Team Selected to Design $82 Million High School Project

  • February 7, 2011
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BALTIMORE– February 7, 2011Hord Coplan Macht and Delaware architecture firm, ABHA Architects, are pleased to announce to announce the completion of the schematic design phase for a new, 280,000 sf, $82 million, high school for the Capital School District in Delaware. The 1,800-student Dover High School is one of the largest publicly funded projects in Delaware history.

The three-story high school will include an academic wing, a large common dining space, an 1,110-seat theater, a 2,500-seat multipurpose gymnasium, a 5,000-seat football stadium complex, and eight tennis courts.  In addition, the design will feature a significant emphasis on the use of natural light and the creation of meaningful outdoor learning environments.

Sustainable design is of paramount importance to the Capitol School District, to the surrounding community, and to the designers. The building is therefore being designed to achieve LEED for Schools certification.