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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.

Jim Albert and Dr. Richard Katz

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.

Rigor, Relevance & Relationships in Career Technology Education

  • January 25, 2012
  • admin

This session, given at the 2011 CEFPI Regional Conference, explores how Dorchester County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was faced with the task of attempting to align their career technology education with their outdated “vo-tech” facility.  The district was already embracing 21st century learning strategies, but was frustrated by how the existing facility limited what they could do.  Through careful planning that actively engaged educators, administrators, researchers, students, parents, business partners and facility experts, Dorchester embarked upon an odyssey to re-invent career technology education in the County.  By truly embracing the new “3 R’s” of 21st century learning, Dorchester County has created a vibrant and exciting place where curriculum and the learning environment truly align.