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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.