Archive for April, 2013

Annandale Village: One of The “Best!”


This skilled nursing facility, which was designed by CDH Partners, was recently named one of the “Best Nursing Homes” in USA by U. S. News & World Report.

“For the fourth consecutive year, the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing of Annandale Village has received the prestigious “five-star” ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Nursing Homes”, released today. Of more than 16,000 nursing homes in the United States, the Center ranked highest among all nursing homes in the state of Georgia, and is ranked among the top one-percent of all nursing homes in the United States.

“More impressively, despite the large number of nursing homes in Georgia, The D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing is the only skilled nursing facility in Georgia dedicated solely to the unique needs of, or has the specialized resources to adequately care for aging adults with developmental disabilities. Characteristically, individuals served at the Center have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, other developmental disability, or have experienced a traumatic brain injury.”  Please Click Here to Keep Reading.

CDH Team Plays in Golf Classic


Several CDH team members played in this year’s 10th Annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic. The group included (l to r): John Benefield, Danny Mackey, Paul Stegenga, Terry Biglow, Bobby Weiner, Mark Hufstetler, Jim Campbell, and Kathryn Wu. Once again, CDH Partners, Inc. was a leading sponsor. Proceeds from the classic go to the Fausett Scholarship Endowment at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and benefit students and faculty, by funding cultural academic activities for students and the sponsorship of an international academic symposium.

Road to Flexibility: Strategic Interventions



Joshua Crews, CDH Partners, takes part in this three-part series, which explores the topic of flexibility in architecture. It was originally published in Heathcare Design Magazine The first article examined the main reason for flexibility: change. The second article explored the three types of flexibility (convertibility, adaptability, and transformability) and how they can be beneficial to the healthcare field. This third and final article studies incorporating flexibility into the design process, along with specific architectural flexibility strategies.

Hospital facilities are always changing. Without leadership, a clear vision, and guiding principles that specifically target flexibility, healthcare facilities can become oversized and develop inefficient circulation and complex wayfinding. A holistic, facility-wide approach to flexibility will create a cohesive campus, and reduce costs and downtime during future construction projects, as well as lengthen building lifespans.

Although the specific ways in which a facility will evolve can’t be predicted, there are some basic assumptions that can help a design team prepare a hospital for future growth and expansion.

In this article, architectural strategies for flexibility are presented at two scales: micro and macro. At a micro level, the strategies operate within circulation approaches, zoning, and programming. At a macro level, the strategies affect site placement, building shape and orientation, and vertical and horizontal expansion considerations. Continue Reading

CDH to Sponsor Golf Classic


The 10th annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic is being held at the Marietta Country Club on April 15, and CDH Partners, Inc., is a lead sponsor of the event. The 27-hole golf course was designed by Robert Cupp, a former Golf Architect of The Year as named by Golf World Magazine, and is known for it’s rolling fairways and breathtaking view of Kennesaw Mountain.

Proceeds from the classic go to the Fausett Scholarship Endowment at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and are also used for faculty support, cultural academic activities for students, and the sponsorship of an international academic symposium. Thanks to the many who participate in the tournament each year, SPSU students are given even broader educational opportunities.

This year’s classic is being held in honor of Dr. Wilson (Bill) Barnes, who passed away on September 9, 2012. Dr. Barnes retired last June as dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Construction. He joined the university’s faculty in 1995 as an associate professor of Construction. In July of 2001, he was appointed dean of the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management and served in that capacity for 10 years.

The school boasts the only nationally accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture in Georgia, which is a five-year degree program that includes two years of design foundation and three years of professional courses. It is one of the longest running construction management (CM) programs in the state.

Jim Fausett, FAIA, is a SPSU professor emeritus and former president of AIA. Fausett’s tireless efforts have guided the Architecture program at Southern Polytechnic State University and have influenced and educated hundreds of students. Registration for the classic is complete but some openings remain. For more information about this year’s golf classic click here.

Open House – Medical Plaza 400


On March 25, Northeast Georgia Health Systems (NGHS) celebrated the opening of a new medical facility with an open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Medical Plaza 400, a CDH project, is located in Dawsonville, Georgia, adjacent to GA 400 (north of Cummings).




CDH architect Danny Mackey talks with one of the new facility’s doctors.


The renovation and reconstruction of this building, which was once a motorcycle shop, was lead by CDH architect and associate principal Danny Mackey. This new medical facility serves the Dawsonville community and surrounding areas. It also provides the citizens of these areas with local access to the Northeast Georgia Health System.


One of the front reception desks.




Medical Plaza 400 contains some of the latest medical services and technology including: Urgent Care, digital imaging (MRI and CT) with an on-site ACR board certified radiologist, health laboratory, family medicine, physician specialists including Gastroenterology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Urology.


Open MRI in a relaxing environment.



Nurse’s station.



Women’s waiting area.



The latest in X-Ray technology.



A creative use of the renovated front of the former motorcycle shop.


Health Plaza Before

Before CDH began construction.