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Designing the Next Generation of Schools of Nursing

  • January 23, 2018
  • 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


Designing High-Performance, Healthy Schools

  • September 28, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has become a household name in real estate, design and building circles. Another “best practices” program for school design, which is less widely used but gaining traction in the industry, is Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).
CHPS is a national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools. The goal of CHPS is to “fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to: protect student and staff health, and enhance the  learning environments of school children everywhere; conserve energy, water, and other natural  resources and reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.”
We have been working with CHPS for seven years and truly see the value in an alternative rating system that helps school districts and the project teams design, construct and operate high performance schools.

HCM’s Adele Willson and Ara Massey published an article for the Colorado Real Estate Journal on this innovative program.  Read it here.

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Learning Stairs: The Heart of the Student-Centered Space

  • August 30, 2017
  • Sharon Pula

Learning stairs are on the rise and being designed in more and more educational environments as a means of promoting social interaction and connection, as well as physical activity and wellness. The versatile nature of the learning stair provides both a formal and informal area for gathering, teaching, transporting, socializing and performing in a highly flexible, amphitheater-style environment. This is not a novel idea, as the history of stairs dates back to the first human structures, yet learning stairs are now re-surfacing as an active design concept in educational environments becoming a multipurpose, student-centered spaces.

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Mindful Materials: Are Interior Finishes Harming You?

  • August 25, 2017
  • Angela Schmitz

Did you know that the materials surrounding you right now could contain toxins that might impact your health?

At Hord Coplan Macht, health and wellness are at the forefront of our dedication to sustainability – we strive to design healthy buildings that last and improve the overall well-being of the end user. HCM believes in providing a sustainable future for their clients through thoughtfully designed buildings and careful material selections. Our interior designers are active about providing material transparency within our projects, utilizing available resources to make educated decisions that are best for our clients.

Read all about it here.


7 Questions to Ask When Considering a Campus Master Plan

  • July 25, 2017
  • Angela Schmitz

In our times of lean budgets and limited resources, a campus master plan can be a good investment to make sure that every dollar spent is going towards the mission of your institution.  Starting a master plan takes careful planning.  As you consider starting the process there are seven questions which you should answer first:  Why, What, Who, When, Where, How, and How Much.

Read all about it here.

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Not “Hush, Hush” Anymore

  • May 17, 2017
  • Angela Schmitz

Hord Coplan Macht is seeing school environments reinvigorated by adaptable learning spaces, outdoor connections and makerspace innovation hubs. At the center of this transformation is the conversion of today’s school library into tomorrow’s learning commons.  As demonstrated in our collection of case studies, careful planning of the learning commons can give new life to a space that is often considered the heart of a school facility

Read all about it here.


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New Spaces Should Change How We Work, Not Just Where

  • May 1, 2017
  • 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.



Meaningful Student Engagement

  • April 25, 2017
  • 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.


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.


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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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.

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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