Resources / Presentations


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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.