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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.

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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

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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.