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Two New VPs at Bates Architects LLC

January 21, 2020 – Bates Architects, LLC is pleased to announce that both Ben Bates and Jennifer Litchfield have been added as partners in the firm and promoted to the title of Vice President, effective January 1, 2020. Marty Bates will remain in the same role as President of BA. Their contributions to the firm and the talent and leadership they provide, along with the growing number of other talented individuals here at BA bodes well for the firm’s continued growth.

Since graduating from The University of Maryland with a Bachelor or Science in Architecture in 2008, Ben has been working full time in the field of architecture with exception of the two years he spent at The University of Maryland (2011-2013) earning his Masters in Architecture. Ben rejoined Bates Architects in January, 2018 and brought with him his expertise in residential design which has been added to the list of services BA provides. He contributes in all aspects of design, project documentation and project management by utilizing his CAD and 3D modeling skills.

Jennifer has been with Bates Architects since 2006. She is the Operations Manager utilizing her well-developed managerial, accounting and organizational skills ensuring smooth day to day operations. In addition, Jennifer also handles the commercial interior finish selections at BA. She has a practical and efficient approach to interior design, with an emphasis on aesthetics that responds to a client’s needs and desires.

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Hord Coplan Macht Adds Veteran Senior Living Principal & Opens Office in Charlotte

October 24, 2019 – David Segmiller has joined Hord Coplan Macht at Principal. He has 30 years of senior living experience and has taught and lectured extensively on the topic at both national and local conferences, including Johns Hopkins University. He will serve all of HCM’s offices with his expertise, including Baltimore, Charlotte, DC Metro and Denver.

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Lion Brothers Building Transformation Wins Baltimore ULI WaveMaker Award

October 16, 2019 – The renovation and adaptive use of the historic Lion Brothers Building, one of the oldest buildings in Baltimore’s Hollins Market neighborhood, has been recognized with a 2019 WaveMaker Award from the Baltimore chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The annual WaveMakers Awards recognize outstanding achievements in local real estate development projects.

Designed by Quinn Evans, the rehabilitation of the Lion Brothers Building transformed the long-abandoned, three-story structure into Class A office, studio, and retail space. The circa-1885 building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally constructed as a livery stable and was then occupied for several decades by the Lion Brothers embroidery company. Developer Cross Street Partners saw promise in the boarded-up building as a modern workspace that could play an instrumental role in revitalizing the community.

Based on careful research into the building’s original construction and past use, Quinn Evans created a flexible design for a contemporary workplace setting while preserving many of the building’s original features. Misaligned floors and multiple interventions from a variety of architectural eras challenged the development and design team to create a cohesive, efficient plan allowing for multiple tenants and uses. The interior features a new central core with an open stair, exposed brick walls and duct work, refinished concrete and wood floors, and the original sliding, steel-clad fire doors. Vibrant colors and environmental graphics enliven the tenant spaces, inspired by the terra cotta medallions along the exterior that depict embroidered patches once made in the factory.

The building offers a variety of workplace environments, including traditional office, open concept, and cutting-edge co-working spaces, all benefiting from abundant natural light. The historic factory windows were restored and the stable building windows were replicated. The project included all new building systems, a new elevator, and extensive exterior upgrades. In addition to Quinn Evans, consultant team members included Kovacs, Whitney & Associates, Inc., for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; and Skarda and Associates, Inc., for structural engineering.

The Lion Brothers building is fully leased and now serves as a home to a dynamic mix of tenants, including programs at the University of Maryland, Enterprise Homes, and several other businesses and organizations.

All new photos by Patrick Ross Photography

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Nakita Reed Joins Quinn Evans in Baltimore

October 15, 2019 – Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NOMA, GGP, has joined the Baltimore office of Quinn Evans as an associate. An award-winning architect with experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Reed is skilled in the preservation, restoration, and adaptive use of historic buildings, with a focus on sustainable strategies in design and construction.

Reed has served as an architect and sustainability consultant on numerous projects, including new construction and existing building rehabilitations. She has been involved in design projects for private-sector clients as well as the U.S. General Services Administration, the Veterans Affairs Administration, the U.S. Navy, and public-sector agencies at the local level.

Reed is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the Association of Preservation Technology (APT), and Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Building Committee. Additionally, she is on the boards of Preservation Maryland, the Benjamin Banneker Development Corporation, and serves as chair of the Maryland Green Building Council, a governor-appointed position. Reed was the 2018 recipient of AIA/DC’s Emerging Architect Award.

Reed holds a Master of Architecture (2010) and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (2010) for the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2006) from the University of Virginia. She is a registered architect, a LEED®-Accredited Professional, and a Green Globes Professional™.

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Hord Coplan Macht Announces New Senior Associates

October 9, 2019 – Hord Coplan Macht is proud to announce that the following team members have been promoted in recognition for their skills and leadership not only within the firm, but also throughout the community.

Promoted to Senior Associate:

  • Brad Holder AIA
  • Valerie Lopez AIA
  • Sarah Rineer AIA




“Talented and strong personnel are the backbone of excellent design,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Lee Coplan, AIA. “Professional development is a core focus in our firm and we believe that investing in our team members helps us to continue providing the highest level of service and care to our clients.”

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Hord Coplan Macht Expands Practice with Addition of Veteran Healthcare Specialist

October 8, 2019 – Hord Coplan Macht announces that it has added Tracey Graham, DNP, MSN, MSM, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, as Senior Healthcare Consultant, expanding its services in the healthcare sector.

Graham is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Business Management and a Doctorate in Nursing. Her expertise will increase HCM’s capabilities to leverage the critical trends and challenges affecting healthcare, higher education and senior living institutions to improve the design solutions and consulting services that the firm provides.

“Tracey’s depth of experience and knowledge makes her an invaluable asset for the firm,” Hord Coplan Macht CEO, Lee Coplan, said. “She will be a resource for both clients and design teams to provide state-of-the-art information on drivers of design for healthcare.”

Graham has served as a former operational and clinical strategist, advanced clinician and prior hospital and health system administrator. She has also been a program and project manager and has led federal and private organizations, as a prior Airforce Officer and Healthcare Administrator and Certified Emergency Nurse with FEMA disaster management training.

Graham’s client list includes: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Veterans Affairs Hospital System, Allegheny Health, Geisinger Health, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Vancouver’s Louis Brier Hebrew Home, and Hamad Medical Center in Qatar, among others. She has also served as an adjunct educator at the University of Tennessee and the University of West Florida.

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