Hord Coplan Macht architecture firm commits to larger space in downtown Baltimore

Hord Coplan Macht, Baltimore’s largest architecture firm, plans to move to new Inner Harbor offices, continuing its commitment to downtown.

As other top firms have shifted to new buildings in Harbor East and Harbor Point, the firm decided to keep its 168 Baltimore employees close to its current offices.

It will take over the entire top floor of 700 E. Pratt Street, known as the Candler Building, on June 25. Staff is split between offices on a lower floor in that building and space in the 750 E. Pratt St. building.

“We looked around, though we definitely did not look outside of Baltimore,” said Tim Barnhill, managing principal in Baltimore. “We pretty quickly narrowed the search because we wanted to be close to where we are now.”

He cited proximity to interstates 83 and 95, and he said the harbor and city views from the 12th floor of 700 E. Pratt St. were a plus. And the space gives the firm room to continue growing.

The Candler Building also recently attracted the headquarters of the engineering firm RK&K, which has its name on the structure. It took some of the space left empty by energy giant Exelon’s relocation to Harbor Point.

The firms’ projects in healthcare, education and multi-family housing including senior development dot the greater Baltimore area and beyond, and it is currently working on the expanded Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing building, an apartment building at 1100 Key Highway and the new NICU at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The company, just over four decades old, also has offices in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Alexandria, Va., and Denver, with total employment around 260. The company reported revenue of about $48 million in Baltimore in 2017, and $73 million firm-wide.

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