Archive for November, 2013

Commercial church kitchens

The following article was recently published in Church Executive Magazine. It contains quotes from CDH principal Ernest C. (Terry) Biglow.

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh

A church considering a commercial kitchen finds out quickly it’s a big undertaking. They must navigate a multitude of equipment and construction requirements, plus liabilities, staffing and inspection considerations.

For starters, it helps to understand the basic differences between a commercial kitchen and a warming (residential-style) setup. Ernest C. (Terry) Biglow, III, AIA — managing principal at CDH Partners, Inc., in Marietta, GA — often leads church clients through this complex territory.



“Commercial kitchens are subject to inspections for compliance with the local health department, and the number of meals served might influence the frequency of those inspections,” he explains. “On the equipment side, anything more than a microwave could be considered a commercial kitchen in some areas of the U.S.”

On the intended use side of the equation, Eric MacInerney, principal and project architect at Heimsath Architects in Austin, TX, says three kinds of activities put a church kitchen on the health department’s radar as a commercial operation: serving a day school, serving the homeless, and selling food. “These create a situation where there’s public trust in the food.”

Since many churches will want to offer these services, a commercial kitchen becomes the logical choice. Once that decision is made, the issue of vent hoods and exhaust systems isn’t far behind. There’s a reason: They’re expensive — and non-negotiable. Click here to continue reading.

CDH Works on Third Health Park

Recently, the Marietta Daily Journal ran an article featuring the three CDH designed WellStar health parks located in Acworth, East Cobb (currently under construction), and Vinings, which is soon-to-be-built. A fourth heath park is planned for the Cherokee County area.


The WellStar Acworth Health Park was one of the first health parks built in Georgia. It was developed to meet the needs of the surrounding community by offering a higher level of patient care in a safe setting. The first two floors of the health park contain physician’s offices, which are leased mostly by doctors within the Medical Group.

This facility quickly became a model for a system-wide approach for community wellness and care. These comprehensive medical facilities offer a full complement of services that includes diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multi-special rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/Pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center. These facilities are often expandable to include fitness centers, community/education classrooms, childcare, retail shops, and a pharmacy.


Co-mingling of healthcare services and physicians’ offices brings a new level of convenience to residents. Screenings and wellness services are done on site, which means a patient does not have to be sick to access the facility. Designers also create gather spaces where patients and their families can meet, talk, and even rest. These spaces include comfortable seating, water features, and other services that are focused on patient needs and care. (At the right is the East Cobb Health Park, which is currently under construction and is located on Johnston Ferry Road.)

To read more about these CDH designed health parks, please click here.