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Hord Coplan Macht Announces Opening of Student Center at Colorado State University-Pueblo

  • January 24, 2018
  • Sharon Pula

Hord6C7A3621 Coplan Macht (HCM) announces the opening and re-dedication of the Occhiato Student Center (OSC) on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) in Pueblo, CO. The $34 million renovation and addition were completed by the design/build team of Hord Coplan Macht and Nunn Construction.

The project, constructed over three phases to keep the food services operable, includes a renovation and expansion to the original 109,000 square-foot facility built in 1974 to serve as the student center and dining hall. The 22,900 square-foot addition, which temporarily housed the University bookstore and student cafeteria during the renovation to assure service to students without interruptions, will feature a new ballroom and pre-event gathering space that will be unveiled in May.

The student center was designed as an open, dynamic, technologically-modern facility with residential dining and retail functions, study lounges and state-of-the-art conference rooms. The renovation separates the student-use areas from the public areas available for public and private events. The new design emphasizes various points of entry into the building, which were originally invisible to students and visitors, includes a large clerestory structure over the second floor opening to the main level to allow for abundant daylighting, and relocates student-oriented programs to the main level from the lower level to optimize visibility to students.

“Our team was honored to have had the opportunity to work with the CSU-Pueblo community on the transformation of the student center and to design a building that is focused on student-centric spaces and a first-class dining experience on campus,” says Gwen Gilley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.  “With these goals inspiring the design for the project, we strove to transform the student center into a place that is the heart — and essentially the living room — of the campus.”

In keeping with the University’s commitment to sustainability, the renovated building was constructed to a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Standard.



Chris Rice

Christopher Rice Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Principal

  • January 23, 2018
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht announced today that Christopher Rice, AIA has joined the firm as Principal in its education studio. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rice will help grow HCM’s national campus master planning practice with focused efforts in the southern U.S. and Texas.

Rice brings a wide range of experience to HCM, including his involvement in master plans for over 30 higher education campuses around the United States, as well as various research parks, downtown urban plans, healthcare and government facilities. Most recently focusing on the Texas area, Rice worked on campus master plans for the Texas A&M San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Kingsville campuses, as well as Texas State University San Marcos, University of Texas Brownsville, and the University of North Texas at Dallas.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris join our team and help continue to expand our campus master planning process,” said Peter Winebrenner, AIA, Education Studio Leader of Hord Coplan Macht. “With his vast knowledge and experience in the field, we’re excited for the next-level work he can help deliver to our higher education clients.”

Prior to joining HCM, Rice was Partner at VisSpiro Strategies, a higher education planning and consulting firm that he co-founded in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Architecture from University of Maryland.


Hord Coplan Macht Expands Healthcare Practice with Addition of Tina L. Dumond

  • November 30, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht announces that it is expanding its healthcare practice in Denver with the addition of Tina L. Du Mond, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED GA, as senior healthcare architect.

Du Mond brings over 13 years of experience to the firm and is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects. She will collaborate with Mary Morissette, FAIA, principal at Hord Coplan Macht, to expand the healthcare practice for the Denver office and guide the design and construction of new healthcare projects.

Du Mond’s past clients include University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, Spectrum Health System, HealthOne, Banner Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, SCL Health and many independent rural healthcare providers.

“Tina’s expertise will help us grow our healthcare practice in the Denver market and we are excited to welcome her to the firm,” says Mary Morissette, FAIA, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

Du Mond has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor of Science from Metro State.

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Hord Coplan Macht Team Awarded Research Grant

  • November 8, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a 2017 The American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative grant for our proposed study — “The Impact of Biophilic Learning Spaces on Student Success.”

Teamed with Morgan State University, Salk Institute, Terrapin Bright Green and the host school Green Street Academy, the goal of the study is to determine the link between classroom design with a connection to nature, student stress reduction and enhanced learning outcomes.

The AIA Upjohn Research Initiative supports applied research projects that enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.

The HCM team is one of 6 awardees in 2017.

Hord Coplan Macht Projects Win Two National Design Awards

  • November 6, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

The firm received a “Merit Award” and a”Published Project” citation from the American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community.

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that it has received a “Merit Award” and had a project selected as a “Published Project” by the American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Knowledge Community.  Presented at the 2017 Leading Age Conference in New Orleans, LA, both projects will be included in the next Design for Aging Review publication.  The awards program is the industry’s largest and most prestigious honor and showcases facilities that advance environments for senior living.

Earning a Merit AwBV_Bethesda_perspective webard, the organization’s highest honor, was Brightview Bethesda, an urban senior living community being built on a tight site in downtown Bethesda, MDHord Coplan Macht and the owner, Brightview Senior Living, are creating a high-rise infill tower for assisted living and memory care residents in the heart of a thriving neighborhood.  It is envisioned to be distinctive among senior living communities as a departure from the more traditional design styles predominant among suburban and rural communities, embracing contemporary features inspired by its urban location. The design of the project also encourages multigenerational community integration by offering street level amenities such as a coffee shop, spa and theater, which are open to both the public and residents.  Additionally, the building will feature a striking seven-story tall art piece as part of the Bethesda Public Art Walkway.



8- Front Entry ViewFrasier  was also honored by being selected as a “Published Project” in the Design for Aging Review. Located in Boulder, Colorado, this retirement community’s identity is informed and given shape by the front range of the Rocky Mountains, which rise a few miles west of campus.  Hord Coplan Macht is designing a new, 98-unit, independent living building on the site of an Assisted Living building destroyed by a 2013 flood. The project also includes an addition and renovation of the commons, dining venues, main entry, arts and education building, and a wellness center expansion. A main goal of the program is to harmonize and distill the visual feel of the campus to better represent the unique character and values of the community.

“Hord Coplan Macht is passionate about providing design for seniors that enhances the holistic wellness of the residents who live there,” said Cynthia Shonaiya, AIA, Director of Hord Coplan Macht’s Senior Living Studio. “Receiving such a high honor is a reflection of the dedication of our talented team.”

About The Design for Aging Review

The Design for Aging Review includes a juried exhibition, a book, access to digital content, and educational programs that showcase facilities representing conscientious surroundings that advance environments for senior living. This comprehensive review of architectural design trends for the aging will become a reference for providers, developers, users, advocates, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and other design professionals.

About Brightview Senior Living

Brightview is a senior-focused part of The Shelter Group, a privately-held company that has been in business for more than 30 years. The Shelter Group develops, manages and owns residential real estate while specializing in multi-family and senior living communities.

About Frasier

Frasier, located in Boulder, Colorado, is an independent not-for-profit, mission-driven senior living community. The 20-acre campus features independent living apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory care, a wellness center, and on-site skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, and care for nearly 400 residents. As Colorado’s only CARF accredited continuing care retirement community, Frasier has been dedicated to helping seniors enjoy independent and fulfilling lives since 1960.



Hord Coplan Macht Announces the Openings of Two New Science Buildings on the Campus of Colorado State University

  • October 17, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) announces the openings of two new science buildings on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO with another project currently in design. The two new facilities on campus, a $58 million biology building and $41 million chemistry building, both designed by Hord Coplan Macht, are the anchors of the growing CSU Science Commons. The LEED Gold-certified buildings are adjacent to one another and the future Health Education Outreach Center, which is also being designed by the firm.


The new biology building is a four-story, 154,000-square-foot teaching and research facility. The LEED Gold-certified structure houses the CSU biology department, including research labs, special collections used for teaching, faculty offices and idea space for collaboration. A large portion of the building is also dedicated to classrooms, teaching labs, student common spaces, advising and tutoring offices, and study rooms. The biology department is the largest in the College of Natural Sciences at CSU, with more than 1,400 undergraduate students studying in the biological science or zoology majors. The project was completed by the design-build team of Hord Coplan Macht and Haselden Construction.


The chemistry building is a new 60,000-square-foot laboratory building, also LEED Gold-certified. The building includes 11 faculty labs, as well as space for dozens of researchers, graduate students and undergraduates. It is constructed around four central, flexible, open lab spaces and windowed corridors to foster collaboration and connection. Each floor’s main lab is centered around a particular area of research excellence. The first-floor is focused on materials chemistry. The second floor is centered on inorganic and polymer chemistry. In the third-floor lab, faculty and others are working on synthetic organic chemistry and the fourth floor is geared toward chemical biology. The project was designed though a joint effort between Hord Coplan Macht and RATIO Architects.  Haselden Construction was the general contractor.


The chemistry and biology structures were built in tandem, utilizing different delivery methods, allowing both projects to minimize costs and create a thoughtful, new, unified Science Commons. The evolving CSU Science Commons includes bike and pedestrian paths, outdoor seating areas, native plant landscaping and an integrated storm water recapture system.


“The new Science Commons, created by the new biology and chemistry buildings and future Health Education Outreach Center addition, showcases CSU’s dedication to providing a state-of-the-art science education to their students,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.  “All three buildings focus on providing open and adaptable laboratories for researchers and their teams.  All of the labs are daylit, where appropriate, with views to the outside making the spaces ideal for science exploration.”


The HCM|Haselden design-build team is currently working with CSU to design and construct the new Health Education Outreach Center, an addition to the anatomy/zoology building, and the JBS Global Food Innovation Center, an addition to the animal sciences building.  These two projects will further enhance the CSU Science Commons, which is beginning to take shape on the main campus.



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CSU Chemistry Building


Hord Coplan Macht Expands Healthcare Practice with Addition of Mary Morissette

  • August 30, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Senior healthcare designer joins firm to expand studio reach.

Hord Coplan Macht recently announced that it is expanding its healthcare practice to its Denver location. Mary Morissette, FAIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Principal and is responsible for growth of the firm’s healthcare studio in the Colorado and Rocky Mountain region.

Morissette brings over 20 years of experience to the firm. Her expertise in Denver-area healthcare, which includes work at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, the Denver Health Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Aspen Valley Hospital, will help establish Hord Coplan Macht as a national leader in healthcare design.

“We are very excited to welcome Mary to the Hord Coplan Macht team and look forward to utilizing her deep expertise in healthcare design to grow this practice area and expand our services in the Denver market,” says Adele Willson, Principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

Morissette has lived and practiced architecture in Denver since 1992.  She was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and is licensed in Colorado and Virginia.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Morissette was a Principal and Vice President at Page Southerland Page.



Hord Coplan Macht Ranked Among Top National Design Firms

  • July 19, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Building Design + Construction has published their annual rankings report and once again, Hord Coplan Macht achieved some impressive rankings!


Top Architecture Firm — #19

Top University Sector Architecture Firms — #22

Top Multifamily Sector Architecture Firms — #6

Top K-12 Sector Architecture Firms — #23


Achieving such high national rankings is a clear result of the hard work of the nearly 270 team members at Hord Coplan Macht.




HCM Awarded Merit Award by the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

  • May 31, 2017
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that its McHenry Row II project received a Merit Award from the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Presented at the organization’s annual gala, the awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate a superior quality of design and execution.

McHenry Row II is an adaptive reuse project representing Phase 2 of an urban infill master plan, transforming a 20th century manufacturing plant into 21st century offices in south Baltimore.

The landscape weaves historical and modern. Taking cues from the glass addition, the design is contemporary.  Warm wood, cool concrete and crunchy gravel provide a tactile garden for people to enjoy. The path features jogs and partitions providing a variety of experience and space. Plantings treat rain water and the green roof bridges between buildings.

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Hord Coplan Macht Project Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • April 19, 2017
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that it was awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Presented at the organization’s annual gala, the awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate a superior quality of design and execution.

Earning the Presidential Award, the organization’s highest honor, was Loyola University of Maryland: Gateway, Streetscape & Donnelly, a project along Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore, MD. Hord Coplan Macht created a created a safe and comfortable pedestrian experience that serves as an enhanced perimeter frame for the campus. Additionally, stone walls on each side of Charles Street and a new gateway sign created a campus gateway. Through re-construction of the south campus border, Loyola presents a friendly and welcoming face to its neighbors.
About the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Founded in 1972, the Maryland Chapter of the ASLA is the professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 370 members within Maryland in 2009. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.

Kevin King

Kevin King Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Principal

  • March 22, 2017
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announced today that the firm has named Kevin King, AIA, LEED AP as Principal in the education studio.

King is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s higher education planning practice, which includes a vibrant portfolio of work for colleges and universities throughout the country. He brings 30 years of proven experience and possesses a true passion for helping clients realize a vision to support their core mission.  King is recognized nationally for his quality of work in design excellence and innovation. His portfolio includes high profile projects for Harvard Medical School, Duke University, and Emory University.

“Good planning and design is the key to a successful project.  Adding an asset like Kevin will enable us to better serve our clients from strategic master planning through construction,” said Peter Winebrenner, Education Studio Leader of Hord Coplan Macht.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, King was an Associate Principal for Ayers Saint Gross in Baltimore.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, all from the University of Kansas.  Additionally, King is President of the Board of Directors of Bike Maryland.

Chan Byun

Chan Byun Joins Hord Coplan Macht as Principal

  • January 31, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Hord Coplan Macht announced today that the firm has named Chan Byun, AIA, LEED AP as Principal and Senior Designer in the education studio.

Byun is a leader in Hord Coplan Macht’s higher education practice, which includes a vibrant portfolio of work for colleges and universities throughout the country. He brings 27 years of proven experience and possesses a true passion for design across a wide array of markets and building types. Mr. Byun is recognized nationally and internationally for his quality of work in design excellence and innovation. His portfolio includes projects for Virginia Tech, Boston College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“We’re excited about Chan joining the firm, and are confident that his drive and experience will translate directly to the success of our projects and ultimately, to that of our clients,” said Peter Winebrenner, Education Studio Leader of Hord Coplan Macht.

Prior to joining Hord Coplan Macht, Byun was a Senior Designer for EYP in Boston, MA and previously served as Design Principal for CannonDesign.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Green Street Academy Becomes the World’s Second Largest LEED® Certified Platinum Project

  • December 12, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is thrilled to announce that our project, Green Street Academy (, West Baltimore’s public charter middle and high school, has achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the Schools v3 rating system, making it the first and only in Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and the second largest in the world, as of the date of certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.  Platinum Certification is the highest rating achievable, and ranks Green Street Academy in the top four percent of all schools in the world under this rating.

The certification was achieved in May 2016, and on Oct. 12 at 4:oo p.m., a representative from the USGBC will present a plaque to the school’s executive director Dan Schochor and to Hord Coplan Macht. Invited guests of the ceremony include the project’s developers Seawall Development Co., its construction company Southway Builders / MCN Build JV, and financiers Bank of America, the Abell Foundation, and The Reinvestment Fund, as well as local elected officials and members of the media. Tours of the facility will follow plaque presentation.

“Green Street Academy receiving the highest possible designation for sustainable construction in the renovation of a Baltimore landmark is yet another example of the school putting its mission of creating a more sustainable, future-focused way of educating students into action,” remarked Dan Schochor, Green Street Academy’s executive director.  “Much has been made about the importance of creating 21st century-prepared students through education, and there is no better way to accomplish that goal than to surround those same students with a structure that very literally supports that mission and vision.”

Under the LEED Schools v3 Rating System, the 111,000-sq.-ft.-facility achieved certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Sustainability and resiliency strategies were integrated into the green building process and project, including:  


  • Connections to community and neighborhoods
  • Shares building and site with Kingdom Life Church
  • Allows school to grow in future with master plan
  • Supports public transportation, bikes, and pedestrians
  • Reduces total amount of parking and shares with church
  • Preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles and carpools
  • Maximizes open space and outdoor learning areas
  • Reduces “heat island effect” with reflective roofs


  • Uses water efficient landscaping
  • 30 percent modeled water use reduction
  • Reduces kitchen process water use


  • 38 percent modeled energy reduction
  • Enhanced commissioning system verification
  • 7.5 percent on-site renewable energy with photovoltaic parking canopies


  • Reuses 100 percent of existing building’s walls, floors, roofs
  • Reuses 66 percent of existing interior non-structural elements
  • 84 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
  • 41 percent recycled materials installed
  • 20 percent regional materials installed

Indoor Environment

  • Indoor air quality during construction and occupancy
  • Provides acoustical performance for all learning areas
  • Installs low emitting (no-to-low VOC) materials
  • Group and individual control – thermal comfort and lighting
  • Provides daylight and views to exterior


Further sustainable strategies were developed into an overall Master Plan including:


The Landscape of Demonstration

  • Habitat Conservation Meadows
  • Water Resource Exhibit (with Cistern Fed Gardens)
  • Entrance Canopy with Green Roof

The Landscape of Production

  • Community Fruit Orchard
  • Hoop Houses, Raised Garden Beds, Chicken Coops, and Tilapia Fish Farms
  • Renewable Energy Array (PV parking canopies, sunflower fields and renewable energy research zone)

The Landscape of Learning

  • Global Outdoor Classroom (with Bio-retention and Wetland Habitat)
  • Flexible Recreation Fields / Space

The Landscape of Experimentation

  • Interactive Aquaponics Center (enclosed courtyard with media beds, raft beds, aquaculture tanks, and vertical gardens)
  • Forestry Laboratory

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The Green Street Academy project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

In addition to its LEED Platinum Certification designation, Green Street Academy has received several accolades since the renovated school was opened in 2015, including:

  • Public Building of the Year, AIA MD, 2016
  • Wintergreen Presidents Award, USGBC -MD, 2016
  • Excellence in Construction Award, ABC Baltimore, 2016
  • Project of the Year, ABC Baltimore, 2016
  • Rehabilitation Award, Baltimore Heritage, 2016


About LEED

As the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED is transforming buildingshomes and communities in all 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories worldwide. LEED guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of more than 79,600 projects worldwide, comprising more than 15.3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional construction space, and more than 245,000 additional residential units.


About Green Street Academy:


Green Street Academy (GSA) is an innovative public middle-high charter school, inspiring scholars with sustainability and preparing them for college and career through project-based learning. Originally constructed in 1925, the former Gwynns Falls Park High School (125 N. Hilton Street) sat nearly vacant for more than 20 years in an urban site in Southwest Baltimore. An overhaul that was completed Sept. 2015, transforming what’s now Green Street Academy into a community anchor and a state-of-the-art, sustainable building shaping a generation of citizens prepared to create a greener and more sustainable world. In May 2016, the school achieved a LEED Platinum certification under the Schools v3 rating system, making it the first and only in Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and the second largest in the world, as of the date of certification. Learn more at



Ara Massey Named 40 Under 40 Winner by Building Design + Construction

  • October 8, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announces that Ara Massey, LEED AP BD+C, senior associate and sustainability director, has been selected as one of Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Massey leads Hord Coplan Macht’s sustainable design team in Denver and works with project managers and principals to optimize sustainable use of resources, both people and environmental, on all design projects.

“We are thrilled that Ara is being recognized for her expertise and passion for sustainability,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht, Denver. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share her deep knowledge in the areas of sustainable design and green building with our team and our clients through our projects.”

Massey is heavily involved in a variety of professional organizations and community activities focused on green building and sustainable design. As a subject matter expert for Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) she helps develop the LEED AP BD+C accreditation test and presents regularly at sustainably-focused conferences across the country.

“Down to my core I am passionate about creating healthy, beautiful spaces in order to optimize our most precious resources: people and the environment,” says Massey.

Massey and other 40 Under 40 winners are being profiled in the October edition of Building Design + Construction Magazine.

Hord Coplan Macht Receives Three Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers

  • October 3, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that the firm has received three awards for excellence in interior design from the American Society of Interior Designers Maryland Chapter. 

Earning first place in healthcare design is the expansion and renovation of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s outpatient center.












Winning first place for sustainability is the historic renovation of Green Street Academy.












Receiving honorable mention for commercial design is the renovation of the Roland Park Country School Library.












About the American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.


Largest Charter School Project in Colorado Opens

  • August 23, 2016
  • HCM

Stargate School Part of Public-Private Partnership + Mixed-Use Development

Thornton, CO (August 23, 2016) – Stargate, a new $51M charter school located on a 43-acre campus and part of a 70-acre mixed-use development in Thornton, opens today. Stargate is the largest charter school project in Colorado, the largest gifted school in the state, and the second largest charter school project to be completed in the nation.

The school, which serves gifted children kindergarten through high school, is part of a mixed-use development in Thornton, in which five acres of retail space and/or commercial support property is planned adjacent to the educational facility. The mixed-use nature of the development is part of a public-private partnership between Stargate School, City of Thornton, the land owner, investors and the design/construction team.

Stargate is chartered by Adams 12 Five Star School District and located at 14530 Washington St. in Thornton, CO near the intersection of 1-25 and 144th.

“Stargate School has served gifted students in grades K-8 for over 20 years. We built our new K-12 campus to allow us to instruct gifted students The Stargate Way through their high school years,” says Josh Cochran, executive director, Stargate School. “Our new learning spaces will allow us to provide differentiated instruction to 1,600 students in grades K-12 at full build-out. All of our students will experience our new passion based gifted class we call ADROIT. Combined with our gifted instruction, our Adroit students, who are already clever or skillful using the hands or mind, will learn to develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. We have designed new makerspaces in each of our buildings where students will create through a Hands On Minds On approach that aligns with our values of gifted education,” says Cochran.

The new campus includes two academic buildings, fieldhouse and amphitheater all designed by Denver-based architecture firm, Hord Coplan Macht, to cater to the gifted and talented student population. The expansion includes a high school with an enrollment goal of 1,600 total students K-12. The site design incorporates a quad-style campus, and each academic building includes breakout spaces and a learning commons/makerspace for kids to pursue “passion projects”.

“The campus design and the variety of learning spaces we created reflects the innovative educational vision of the school leadership and board members that we worked with from the beginning. They were an inspiration to the design team,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

JHL Constructors is the general contractor and Inline Management is the owner’s representative on the project.

Several community leaders, including Thornton Mayor, city council members, school officials and design and construction team members will be in attendance to make remarks and celebrate the opening of the school, which currently serves 1,175 students. Students will begin attending school Wednesday, August 24.

About Stargate
Stargate School was founded in 1994. The school provides a differentiated program designed specifically to meet the needs of identified intellectually gifted learners in order to challenge each student’s academic abilities, support their unique emotional needs, promote individual character development and encourage a life-long love of learning. For more information, visit


Ground Breaking for 1st District-Managed Elementary School in Reunion County, Colorado

  • August 10, 2016
  • HCM

School District 27J and architect, Hord Coplan Macht, announce the groundbreaking for the new PreK-5 elementary school in the growing master-planned community, Reunion. This marks the first district-managed elementary school in the community and will address the rapid growth in the district.

Elementary School No. 12 is being designed on a 10-acre site as a new 62,000-square-foot school for 750 students. The school will serve students preschool through fifth grade in the Reunion community. FCI Constructors has been selected as general contractor for the project, estimated at $22 million. The new school is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017 and will join the community’s existing charter school, Landmark Academy.

“The overall goal is to create a neighborhood school that will provide a community gathering place, as well as a variety of learning spaces for students,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “We’ve engaged with the community and staff to design a school that will meet the needs of 21st Century learners in the future. We were all challenged to create a school with a focus on a flexibility, adaptability, integration of technology and long term durability.”

Several community leaders will be joining the groundbreaking celebration, including Commerce City Mayor, Sean Ford and State Representative, Mary Hodge.

The construction of the school is possible thanks to voter support of a $248 million district bond question in November 2015. The bond will fund the construction of four new additional district schools as well expansions, renovations and improvements to existing district schools and facilities.

“We’re excited to begin construction of this new elementary school in the Reunion community,” says 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “This school will not only serve Reunion students but children from other areas of the growing northern portion of Commerce City. It will also ease overcrowding at our existing Commerce City elementary schools. We’re grateful to the community for their support to make this day possible and look forward to welcoming students to their new school next year.”

The design for the school includes a clear main entry point, an appropriate scale of the building related to the surrounding neighborhood and a welcoming connection to the community. The classroom wings are oriented for optimized daylighting with the central core rotated to face Landmark Drive, the main thoroughfare for traffic and arrival at the school with the Administration and Media Center off of the main entrance for convenient public access. Other active spaces, including the gymnasium, cafeteria, art and music rooms are connected via a central corridor. The classroom wings are divided by grade and each have break-out areas to create educational opportunities outside of the classroom.

“My two children have been a part of District 27J since preschool, and both have since graduated. Knowing first-hand the challenges that the students and teachers in this District have gone through with the tremendous growth and need for new and expanded facilities, I am elated to be a part of the beginning of this new 27J,” says Ed Nation, project superintendent for FCI Constructors. “The innovative, student-centered design that focuses on collaboration and discovery, and the community support for the construction brings this District steps ahead, and we’ll hear many student success stories down the road as a result,” says Nation.

Wember Inc. is the owner’s representative for the project.

A naming process is currently underway for the new school with the 27J Board of Education expected to select a name this fall.

About School District 27J
School District 27J educates more than 16,500 students from Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, and a portion of the city of Aurora and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties. Our mission is to equip our students with the tools and knowledge to succeed now and in the future –

Gary Prager

Hord Coplan Macht Adds New Denver Senior Living Studio

  • July 13, 2016
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added a new senior living studio in Denver, expanding the firm’s expertise in this area. The studio will be led by veteran architect Gary Prager, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CDT.

Prager joins the firm with 39 years of experience as an architect and more than 35 years of expertise in the senior living market. He will be responsible for expanding the firm’s senior living practice in Denver and overseeing senior healthcare, memory care, assisted and independent living projects. He joins Hord Coplan Macht from H+L Architecture, where he served as senior life practice leader.

“We are very excited to welcome Gary to the Hord Coplan Macht team and look forward to utilizing his deep expertise in the senior living segment to grow this practice area and expand our services in the Denver market,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

Prager holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.


Jeffco Public Schools (CO) Breaks Ground on New K-8 School

  • June 2, 2016
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The Hord Coplan Macht-designed School is the 1st New Construction Project in a Decade for the District and Will Support the Area’s Ongoing Growth

Jeffco Public Schools and architect, Hord Coplan Macht, announce the groundbreaking today for the new K-8 school at Candelas in Arvada, CO. This marks Jeffco Public Schools’ first new construction project in the past 10 years and will support the ongoing growth of the area.

The new K-8 school at Candelas is being designed on a 10-acre site and will be approximately 100,000 square feet. The school will serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade in the Candelas neighborhood in Arvada. GH Phipps has been selected as general contractor for the project, estimated at $25 million.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jeffco Public Schools on the K-8 school at Candelas,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “It is being designed as a neighborhood school that will serve as a community amenity and a model for future Jeffco schools with break-out spaces for student collaboration, a learning commons and intentional connections to the outdoors.”

The remaining 15-acre site adjacent to the new school will be considered for future development, giving Jeffco Public Schools flexibility for future programs and buildings.

A 3D fly-through animation of the new building is available:


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ENorbeckPark photo by JenniferHughes

East Norbeck Park Honored for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

  • May 17, 2016
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Hord Coplan Macht was awarded a Merit award by the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Hord Coplan Macht is pleased to announce that it received an award from the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Presented at the organization’s annual gala, the awards program recognizes projects that demonstrate a superior quality of design and execution.

Earning a merit award was East Norbeck Local Park in Norbeck, MD.  This 25-acre park incudes play and recreational facilities for a variety of ages and activities, and also features a park pavilion and exercise trails that encourage interaction with people and nature.

About the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

The Potomac Chapter represents approximately 360 landscape architects at the local level. The purpose of ASLA is to advance the profession of Landscape Architecture in the eyes of the general public. The Chapter is the main advocacy body to advances the profession on the local level by holding events, meetings, outings and providing information regarding the profession to the local media and schools. The Chapter may also interface with municipal governments regarding local issues that could impact the profession, or the public realm.