At HCM, our passion lies in delivering projects that seamlessly blend aesthetic appeal with practical solutions for our clients. Year after year, we strive for excellence, resulting in numerous nominations and wins of prestigious awards. Read on to discover the projects that have garnered accolades in 2023.

Brightview Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia received a Silver Award in the Best Apartment / Independent Living Community category from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Fair Oaks is a 4-story, 192,000 sf LEED Silver Certified building featuring 170 independent living, assisted living, and memory care units.  

Three HCM projects were honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects – Maryland Chapter this year. The projects awarded include: 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland won an ASLA Maryland Chapter Merit Award. HCM landscape architects were involved the site planning and transforming the existing urban site to create a new entry plaza to the new building addition, streetscape and redesigning the existing courtyard to create a tranquil and beautiful garden, providing a place for students and faculty to relax, study and meet.

The walled courtyard is seamlessly connected to a new interior two-level common space called the Hub. A café terrace expands the interior space to the outside, creating a flexible space for dining and gathering. Honey locust trees provide shade for the terrace while allowing views to the courtyard from the Hub. The center of the courtyard features a rectangular lawn for events and moveable seating, framed by two walkways leading to a second terrace where a water feature provides a musical sound to mask city noises. The planting scheme creates color, texture, and seasonal interest, with native plants contributing to biodiversity.   

Donor recognition signage is carefully integrated throughout the courtyard. A small, contemplative garden space is dedicated in memory of the donor’s daughter. 

The Loyola University Fernandez Center in Baltimore, Maryland won an ASLA Maryland Chapter Merit Award Honor Award. The Fernandez Center is the newest addition to Loyola University’s 80-acre Evergreen Campus and serves as a prominent, lively place for the student body and faculty. The HCM landscape architecture team was actively involved from the inception of the project and led the planning and site design for all the outdoor campus spaces including a flexible plaza, outdoor classroom, expanded streetscape, outdoor gathering spaces, service and loading area, and pedestrian connections between the academic quad, existing campus walkways, and the surrounding community. HCM landscape architects have been collaborating with Loyola University for the past 27 years and shaping the character of the campus! 

The Loyola University Fernandez Center also won an ASLA Potomac Chapter Merit Award in the Design-Built category. 

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart won an ASLA Maryland Chapter Merit Award. Centrally located on the Bethesda, Maryland campus, the two-story Student Life Center serves as the heart for the student body and faculty. The K-12 Independent school’s new facility features an all-school dining space, 420-seat performing arts theater, visual arts classrooms, vocal music, band, musical practice rooms, orchestral music space and ample new student life support spaces. The building hosts many campus functions, such as drama, music and dance performances, lectures, and all-school Masses, as well as other school community events. 

Greeley West High School in Greeley, Colorado is a 2023 winner of a Design Excellence Award from the Rocky Mountain Region Build Institute of America. A new GWHS replacement facility, with a capacity for 1,800 students, was constructed on the existing GWHS campus. HCM designed a school that will include modern learning spaces, a central hub space for dining and social functions, state-of-the-art career and technical course facilities, and enhanced safety and security throughout the campus. 

The Landscape Architecture design at AIMS Community College in Greeley, Colorado won a Merit Award from the Colorado/WY Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The design transformed the ‘heart’ of the campus, strengthened connectivity, and expanded access to purposeful outdoor space. 

AIMS Community College also won a 2023 Crystal Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Colorado.  

Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, Colorado won a Merit award from the Colorado /WY Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). HCM created a new master plan for the park, and a few highlights include: a decorative plaza, unique play area, accessible walkways and seating, boulder creek access with consideration to the local ecosystem, and floodplain, security lighting, and a new flexible lawn to support day use and annual park events. 

D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., was one of two projects awarded the top prize of the Honor Award from the AIA Central PA Chapter! The jury expressed, “This project makes beautiful use of a handful of materials designed and detailed with exceptional rigor and thoughtfulness. The acknowledgment of the scale and proportions of the original building combined with the design and siting of the new is expertly executed, and the new spaces created are comfortable and harmonious but decidedly contemporary. The interiors are equally as considered, with much natural light filling the education spaces. The deployment of “Earth”, “Life” and “Light” are translated effectively through the patterning and material choices, and these concepts serve as lovely models of a philosophical approach towards design. An excellent model of how a school can be functional and inspirational and exemplify “good” design.” 

Kentlands Market Square in Germantown, MD won an AIA Potomac Valley Design Award. HCM served as the landscape architects for this project.  

Aging commercial centers need revitalization in a competitive and constantly changing retail market. HCM was commissioned to reposition the site design, public spaces and streetscape for the Kentlands Market Square shopping center. Located adjacent to the Kentlands and Lakelands new urbanist communities, required renovation to address pedestrian connectivity and addressing the outdated aesthetic. The plan proposed a new mid-block pedestrian connection or paseo through an existing building. Additional improvements included expanded café seating areas, light cube seating components, special paving, integrated stormwater management (ESD) and festoon lighting. Additionally, a new streetscape standard was introduced. HCM worked with the retail architects in designing the public spaces to complement the new contemporary aesthetic for the building façade improvements. 

Hot Sox Park in Galesville, MD won the People’s Choice Award from AIA Chesapeake Bay.  

Located in Historic Galesville, MD, Hot Sox Field at Wilson Park will be a new local park that includes the restoration of the Hot Sox baseball team’s sand lot field. The Hot Sox were an African American baseball team dating back to 1915 when several team members advanced to the larger professional Negro baseball league. Hot Sox Field was in use by the team from 1915 to the 1970s. The Master Plan program includes the historic restoration of the field, grandstand and dugouts.  A new park pavilion, parking, pedestrian pathways, picnic areas, a flexible use lawn area, and trails are included. The trail system connects the park through woodlands to the local community center housing an exhibit dedicated to the Hot Sox baseball team history. 

Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School, in Alexandria, Virginia, won an Excellence in Architecture 2023 award from the City of Alexandria. The building was modified from an exclusive office use to a new learner center Elementary School. ACPS and HCM engaged the community in the planning of the project, developing a modern, energy efficient school that incorporates the latest technological advancements and best practices in educational design.

The Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at the University of Colorado at Boulder won a 2023 Citation Award from AIA Indiana. The building was designed from the inside out, ensuring the goals for collaborative research and hands-on learning drove the layout. The exterior of the building explores the concept of propulsion, the action of driving forward, through the vertical precast plates that ‘pleat’ across the south façade pulling toward the entry. The ‘pleated’ façade controls heat gain and glare while allowing views and daylight to the laboratories and drawing visitors into the expansive lobby. At 180,000 GSF, the building offers a mix of active-learning classrooms, lecture classrooms, offices, laboratories and collaborative lounge spaces. The layout maximizes energy efficiency and daylight for all occupied spaces. Designed in collaboration with RATIO Architects.

At HCM, we remain dedicated to creating projects that resonate with both clients and the industry, embodying our commitment to excellence and innovation.