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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.

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Renowned Designer Glen Tipton, FAIA Joins Hord Coplan Macht

  • October 10, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that Glen Tipton, FAIA has joined the firm.  Tipton is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of senior living design whose impact is wide-reaching, with projects in sixteen states and four countries. His work encompasses master planning studies, feasibility studies, new building design and renovation design of numerous continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, memory support, hospice, and nursing care facilities.  He has long been recognized for his thought leadership in the evolution of mixed-use, community-integrated and intergenerational senior living and services.


Tipton is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s Senior Living practice which covers independent living through skilled nursing and memory care.  His depth of experience, combined with the firm’s healthcare, multifamily, education and mixed-use design expertise yields an exciting new approach to the rapidly growing older adult marketplace.  He will provide Executive Overview, Quality Assurance and serve as Principal-in-Charge on many projects in this field.


Tipton chaired the National American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community for four years and in 2004, he was elevated into the elite AIA College of Fellows in recognition of his unique contributions to architecture for seniors. He is a nationally recognized speaker at a variety of conventions and seminars on the subject of design and innovative approaches to senior living. Tipton received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and is a registered architect in Maryland.

Three Hord Coplan Macht Projects Honored for Excellence in Architecture

  • September 16, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that three of its projects received design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Maryland Society.

Morgan St U CBEIS Plaza entry at dusk_june13The firm’s Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University, designed in association with The FREELON Group, received the Society’s highest honor – Public Building of the Year.

The award-winning CBEIS building, which houses Morgan State’s School of Architecture and Planning as well as related engineering programs, was praised by the jury as “deftly addressing the primary issues facing public architecture – social space, environmental impact, and fiscal restraint.  Working urbanistically, extending beyond its borders with its ‘street’, the building first acts to serve its neighbors and the campus.”


Ripley Folly_HCM_plaza at duskAlso honored with Citation Awards was Ripley Street Folly, a unique kinetic installation and area of respite along the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County, MD.






Barrie School-Learning Lab_Featured ImageAs well as the Barrie School Learning Studio and Research Lab, a modular classroom solution for an independent school in Silver Spring, MD.