Archive for July, 2013

CDH – Among Top 25 Healthcare Architectural Firms


In a recent survey published in Healthcare Design Magazine, CDH Partners, Inc., came in at 25 in the 2013 HCD Corporate Rankings for the country. Click on the following link to see a list of all companies that participated in the survey, ranked separately by architecture/engineering and construction, and according to the reported number of healthcare projects completed in 2012, total 2012 healthcare billings, number of RFPs received in 2012, and the number of healthcare contracts signed in 2012. 2012HCD Corporate Rankings

To read a full analysis of the results, including signals of business to come and feedback from participants on the biggest threats and opportunities facing the industry, please click here to continue reading.

Melissa Cantrell Selected for Leadership Cobb


Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP principal for CDH Partners Inc., was recently selected as a member of Leadership Cobb. The Leadership Cobb program develops leadership skills and knowledge through its programs and retreats. Participants are introduced to a variety of viewpoints that illustrate the array of economic, political, educational, and social factors at work in Cobb County. Sessions combine lectures and dialogue among speakers as well as audience interaction with leaders in all facets of the community.

Leading by example allows Leadership Cobb participants to directly impact the Cobb community. Each year forty-five diverse and qualified individuals are selected to participate in this leadership development program. Leadership Cobb enhances personal and professional growth while participants gain awareness of current issues, community resources and the social, political and economic needs of the community.

With 15 years of experience in architectural design and master planning, Melissa has been repeatedly recognized for her talents, leadership, and articulate voice within the firm. A majority of her time is focused on the design and construction of educational facilities. She joined CDH PARTNERS as an honor graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture.

As a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, she holds strong convictions about the influence of the built environment on the education of our children. She believes: “The foundations of early education create a framework for continued success of our students in their pursuit of excellence. By designing environments that foster learning these spaces can unleash potential in students to shape the future of our communities, region, and nation.”

Her work with the major school districts in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region has provided high performance education spaces for students from the Kindergarten to University level. Melissa’s guidance to schools systems and stakeholders in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Pickens and Clarke County Schools, has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of metro-Atlanta students. Most recently her architectural influence has extended to the campus of Kennesaw State University.

Her service to the community goes beyond the local school system. She has served as an officer for the Woodstock Rotary Club and is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators, and the United States Green Building Council. Last year, she participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute for the Class of 2012.


To LEED or not to LEED?

02/2012-First United Methoodist Church Orlando, Fl.

The following article is published in the recent issue of Church Executive Magazine (June/July). It features insights from Timothy Black, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD + C, who designed LEED certified First United Methodist in Orlando, Florida. Timothy is an architect for CDH Partners, Inc.

“When pastors hear the term “green construction,” they might equate it with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. It’s a point-based system that’s becoming the national standard for sustainable design and quality control. LEED certification is available in three levels: silver, gold and platinum.

While other green building certifications exist, LEED — issued by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) — is the leader. According to Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president of alliances, conferences events for USGBC, 53 U.S. churches are LEED-certified; another 200 are registered.

Lewis says pastors at LEED-certified churches aren’t focusing on environmental stewardship alone. “They’re also keeping in mind congregational health and, perhaps most important, cross-generational engagement,” she explains. “LEED certification demonstrates a commitment to truly living out the principles of green — something younger generations strongly identify with. Click here to continue reading.