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Case Study: Western State University Samuel Quigley Hall, John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall

  • April 18, 2017
  • HCM

Samuel Quigley Hall on the Western State Colorado University Campus sits facing the “W” on Tenderfoot Mountain in Gunnison, Colorado. This building was originally built in the late 1960s to house programs for music and art and was updated and improved in 2016.

Read more about the project here.


The Intimate Concert Hall

  • April 18, 2017
  • HCM

At Hord Coplan Macht we have the opportunity to design projects for the performing and visual arts at universities across the country.  As those universities and colleges are improving their music program offerings while balancing operating costs, flexibility has consistently been one of the markers for success.

For more information read the full article on the ‘Intimate Concert Hall’ here.


Designing and Transitioning to a Private Room NICU

  • April 7, 2017
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht’s Jamie Norwood, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C and Heather Flannery, CID, IIDA, EDAC spoke on  “Designing and Transitioning to a Private Room NICU: Making the Right Decisions” at the American Society of Healthcare Planning Design and Construction Summit.  

When MedStar Franklin Square was planning the relocation of an open-bay NICU to create private patient rooms, the challenges involved getting clinicians, administration, and families to align on the project vision to maintain the highest level of care. This session will look into the design process and how designers and clinicians worked together using design and technology to focus on a patient- and family-centered environment.

  • Identify operational challenges related to moving to a private room NICU.
  • Explain the integrated design process with key stakeholders.
  • Explore initial patient and family outcomes post-occupancy.
  • Identify design solutions to promote family-centered care.

View their presentation here.


Designing the Next Generation of Schools of Nursing

  • March 29, 2017
  • jlange

For four decades, the team at Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) has provided expert design services to healthcare and educational institutions across the country to help them meet current needs while offering flexibility for the future.

Recognizing the unique set of challenges nursing/allied health educators and administrators are currently facing, we are creating resources to offer insight into the evolving nursing profession, how educators are addressing this evolution and the pallet of learning spaces needed to prepare nursing students for the future profession.

Topics covered in this white paper include:

Evolving Healthcare Environment
Changing Demographics in Nursing
Active Learning Spaces Enhance Outcomes
Implications Of These Trends For Nursing Education Facilities
Design Considerations + Solutions


Meaningful Student Engagement

  • December 1, 2016
  • HCM

At Hord Coplan Macht, we believe that every school project provides an opportunity to support and enhance the learning that happens within the facility. While it is common in the industry to look for ways that allow the finished building to function as a teaching tool, we have expanded the way we look at the concept by using the word “building” as a verb – to use the actual design and building process as a teaching and learning tool.

Read our full white paper on student engagement here.


The Private Room NICU: Design and Transition Challenges

  • November 15, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht’s Jamie Norwood, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C spoke with Cheryl Wood MSN, RN, NP-BC, NE-BC, Administrative Director Women’s and Children, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center on  “The Private Room NICU: Design and Transition Challenges” at the HealthCare Design Expo & Conference in Houston, TX.

Session Overview:

When the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was planning the relocation of an open bay NICU to create private patient rooms, the key challenges involved getting stakeholders, such as clinicians, administration, and families to align on the vision for the unit. The session will take a look into the project from inception to completion and how the design and clinical team were able to work together to focus on a patient and family centered environment. Since the staff is the critical part of the healing environment, strategies and design solutions had to overcome the challenges of expanding the patient care space while maintaining a high level of care.

The design goals set in initial planning determined decision making guidelines that helped to drive the design and construction process maintaining the overall vision for the unit. Through the use of technology, the design team was able to establish strategies to improve patient care without sacrificing staff access and family interaction. Now that the unit has transitioned to the new space, the design solutions have been able to be evaluated by those same stakeholders who assisted in the design process and the team will present these findings in the session.

 The full presentation can be viewed here.


Finding Room for the Physician’s Office in the Integrated Outpatient Center

  • November 15, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principal Rick Abbott, AIA, EDAC recently spoke with Mercy Medical Center’s Helen Leek on “Finding Room for the Physician’s Office in the Integrated Outpatient Center” at the HealthCare Design Expo & Conference in Houston, TX.

Session Overview:

The current trend in outpatient center design has been to remove the physician’s office from the center and instead provide only a workspace. This roundtable will explore historical examples of the placement of offices both in and out of the outpatient center and will include discussions regarding function, patient satisfaction, and staff/physician satisfaction.

Once the groundwork has been established, moderators will explore the pod model developed by Mercy Health Services for both primary care and specialty physicians over the last 10 years. This model incorporates the traditional office/exam room model into a flexible design.


The full presentation can be viewed here.



Strategies to Appeal to a Changing Market in Senior Living

  • November 8, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principal Glen Tipton, FAIA recently spoke at the Leading Age 2016 Annual Meeting.  His presentation, “Strategies to Appeal to a Changing Market” also included speakers Karen Adams, Vice President, GSI Research & Consulting, Grass Valley, CA and Andrew Morgan, Director of Marketing, Vantage House, Columbia, MD.   The presentation:

  • Explored market research about the changing attitudes and expectations of younger silent generation seniors and the emerging early boomers.


  • Explained an “outside the box” marketing campaign that helped an existing community capture a larger and younger share of the market.


  • Examined how alternative settings may benefit from the services and amenities already available in the community.


The full presentation can be viewed here.


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Design Tools for Daylight

  • September 22, 2016
  • HCM

Design Tools for Daylight is a comparative research analysis of the daylight tools available to designers using a case study of a recently completed school.  It will compare the school’s daylight results from calculations, architectural modeling, and energy modeling, to each other as well as to the actual light measurements.

This comprehensive research project is being presented at the 2016 National American Institute of Architects Convention.

Design Tools for Daylight

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New Spaces Should Change How We Work, Not Just Where

  • June 15, 2016
  • HCM

When designing the Bunting Endoscopy Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., Hord Coplan Macht challenged not only how the space worked, but also how hospital staff worked within it. From maximizing patient privacy and infection control to challenging workflow and aesthetics, HCM used feedback from nurses, doctors, support staff, and patients to create an elegant design with a fresh and insightful perspective into the work and workflow itself.

Read all about it here.


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Learning Space Design for the Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom

  • February 28, 2016
  • admin

The purpose of this study by James Determan, FAIA and a team of contributors is to examine to what extent the physical learning space design contributes to enhanced learning outcomes in an undergraduate, active learning class of ethnically diverse students. The study presents findings of data collected from two classrooms, where the course content, instructor, pedagogy and diverse student demographic characteristics are held constant, but the learning space design of each space varies- one is a traditional, desks in rows, classroom and the other is an active learning, technology enhanced classroom. Data was collected by monitoring student activity via videotaped analysis of behavioral characteristics in the classroom and mapped to student performance; also by student surveys, focus group interviews and instructor interviews.

Learning Space Design for the Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom

Architecture Learning Environment Survey

Learning Space & Learning References




Design Strategies for Podium and Wrapper Buildings

  • December 25, 2015
  • admin

Hord Coplan Macht recognizes and has responded to our client’s desires to create high density, multi-family projects that harmonizes into the urban context. Very often the project’s viability requires the integration of mixed uses all within a single building. Aside from residential, these uses often include retail, restaurant, office and structured parking. A cost effective means to achieve this is through podium and wrapper buildings. We originally published this white paper in 2011 and have updated it annually to keep up with changes in the building codes and trends in multifamily development. This current edition was published in Summer 2015.

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Appealing to the New Senior Living Consumer, Leading Age Session, October 2014

  • January 16, 2015
  • jlange

Glen Tipton, FAIA and Principal at Hord Coplan Macht in the Senior Living Studio, co-presented this session at Leading Age 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  This presentation has following Learning Objectives:

1. Realize how the “Silents” have already established “home” is an important part of traditional provider’s service area and market.

2. Analyze the demographic and psychographic trends driving new housing developments and service models.

3. Discover the highly successful programs aging services providers have already developed to support senior living in the community.

4. Recognize how the greater community is a potential source of value-added amenities and external services for your organization.

This linked file includes excerpts of the session presented by Glen Tipton, FAIA, along with Susan Brecht, Brecht Associates, Cecily Laidman, Executive Director, Cadbury Continuing Care at Home and Bestie Sassen, Vice President, Community Initiatives at Mather LifeWays.

Appealing to the New Senior Living Consumer

The Senior Living Consumer is looking for greater options than the old CCRC model typically offers. In this session, Glen Tipton offers his personal experience as aging baby boomer who is enjoying an urban lifestyle in a mixed used community. He applies that experience to the growing demand by seniors for more intergenerational living options within an urban setting.

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Decision Support Services in Healthcare

  • June 20, 2014
  • HCM

The Decision Support Group is a part of Hord Coplan Macht’s Healthcare Studio. The group provides services designed to help healthcare clients make informed decisions about the delivery of care based on data. Click here to learn more about our Decision Support Group.

Lean Design

Lean trained planners to assist in the analysis and redesign of future work flow for patients, staff and visitors.

Capacity Modeling

Working with historical and/or future market growth, develop capacity models to show facility need. This is an interactive program that allows the user to create ‘what if’ situations

Discrete Event Simulation is used to graphically show the capacity model, efficiencies and inefficiencies of care models, processes, workflows, etc.

Facility Modeling

Using the facility need developed by a Capacity Modeler a facility program can be developed based on real data not ‘gut feeling’

3D Animations – Ability to walk through a space by using computer generated images. This 3D animation assists in identifying potential work flow/operational issues

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From Student to Architect: How an Internship at Hord Coplan Macht Creates Great Professionals

  • January 23, 2014
  • HCM

Where are Hord Coplan Macht interns now?  And how did their experience here shape their career?


By: Blair Simms

Hord Coplan Macht prides itself in giving aspiring architects a chance to learn the ropes. As an intern I have learned an incredible amount about how an architectural office works. I have had the chance to go on site visits and work on interesting projects in both the Housing and Education studios. The opportunity to work here has definitely inspired me and I know it has inspired countless others as well. I decided to find out how by catching up with a couple of alumni from the HCM internship program to see where they are in their careers and how HCM has impacted their lives.

To read the full article, click here.

2013 NAIS Annual Conference Workshop – Rethinking the Classroom

  • September 12, 2013
  • HCM


Change can be scary.  But whether or not you are afraid of it–change is inevitable. What is scarier than change itself is the prospect of not recognizing when it is happening, and then failing to respond in a positive, appropriate way. As we move through the 21st century, the changing landscape of education is something none of us can afford to ignore. By first understanding WHO the 21st-century learner is, and then embracing the ways that THEY are learning, we can create a transformative environment, where students WANT to be active participants. This interactive workshop examines the most fundamental of learning spaces–the classroom. By first identifying a more descriptive and appropriate way to refer to this space, then by developing prototypes that capture the essence of 21st-century learning, participants of this session will use a participatory approach to rethinking the classroom, and will contribute to developing more creative and relevant learning environments.

To view the presentation, click here.

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Help Nurses Help the Smallest Patients: How Infant Care is Reorganized

  • April 23, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principal Jim Albert, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP recently spoke at the 2012 Healthcare Facilties Symposium and Expo in Chicago, IL.  This session detailed how the renovation program of highly specialized space incorporated a unique and bold method of distributed nursing.  By replacing a central nursing station with alcoves located directly outside patient rooms, the hospital provided increased privacy for visitors, encouraged more interaction among nursing staff, and also improved patient safety and security.  In addition, the renovation further encouraged family centered care by adding amenities such as a family resource library and improved play areas.

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You Have More Space than You Think: Expanding Without Building

  • February 26, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principals Tom Spies and Peter Winebrenner, along with Indian Creek School, Head of School Rick Branson, spoke at the 2013 National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting.  Their presentation addressed for 21st Century school can do more with less.

For all of the challenges and hurdles the “new normal” has created, the need to do more with less has also created opportunities for schools to become leaner and meaner – more efficient and effective.  As schools evolve and continue to evaluate and adopt new teaching and learning strategies, there is a real opportunity to create and alter the learning spaces in a more efficient manner.  Practically speaking, certain 21st-century learning strategies can actually reduce the need for instructional and support space, allowing schools to increase their capacity without adding and maintaining expensive square footage.

This session will examined several key learning strategies that are transforming the educational experience.  Concepts such as blended learning, the flipped classroom, schools without walls and others were discussed.  The session then looked at examples of how different physical environments have responded to these teaching and learning strategies.  Opportunities to actually reduce space needs, or increase programs and/or enrollment without adding new space were examined.

A copy of the presentation can be found here.

Lifespan Presentation

Creating Senior Communities –Caring for People, Profit, and Planet: An Assisted Living Community’s journey to LEED Gold

  • October 23, 2012
  • jlange

This session, Creating Senior Communities–Caring for People, Profit, and Planet: An Assisted Living Community’s journey to LEED Gold, was presented at the LifeSpan Conference in Ocean City, MD, looks at the recently certified LEED Gold project of Brightview South River Assisted Living in Edgewater Maryland, and how sustainability positively impacts the triple bottom line – people, profit, and planet. The story is shared from the perspective of Shelter’s Senior Project Director, the Architect and Sustainability Coordinator, and the Executive Director at the community. Topics include the vision for sustainability, implementing that vision through design and construction, and the impact of the sustainable strategies when managing a green community.

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  • April 25, 2012
  • HCM


SUSTAINable MARYLAND SCHOOLS ASAP is a resource guide for Maryland Schools. Its goal is to CONNECT schools with existing resources and organizations; to EDUCATE students, teachers, faculty and staff; and to INSPIRE future global citizens.

This document was prepared by Lisa M. Ferretto, an Architect, Associate, and Sustainability Coordinator with Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. The information presented in this document has been assembled from various sources and has been developed based on the best available information at the time.