Archive for January, 2014

Truly engaging youth spaces

Editor’s note: Paulla Shetterly, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, is an associate principal and director of Interior Design at CDH Partners, Inc. She has been published in  design journals and magazines and is also a noted speaker. She was recently published in the December 2013 issue of Church Executive Magazine.

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By Paulla Shetterly

When done right, these areas motivate, encourage, teach — and even inspire kids to draw their parents to church.

While youth and children’s spaces in the church are designed to motivate, encourage and teach principles that last a lifetime, they also need to be fun environments where kids can be kids — and be inspired to invite others to join them.

When a designer has a heart for this type of work, he or she will seek to create places that capture the imagination of the children and the youth who use them. In fact, this needs to be a primary goal.

During the master planning process, a plan can change many times. But, one thing that needs to remain constant is the designer’s commitment to the church’s mission. Be very deliberate with this.

Then, when a vision for a particular youth ministry begins to take shape, the vision for the space will also become clear. Click here to continue reading.

CDH project highlighted in Marietta Daily Journal

Situated in a transitional area between the downtown Marietta, Georgia, business district and a historical residential neighborhood, The Renaissance on Henderson is a totally renovated mid-rise apartment building for senior adults. The CDH Partners project was recently feature in the Marietta Daily Journal.

MARIETTA — About 100 senior residents were [recently] welcomed back to their homes after being displaced for more than a year during renovations to a low-income community. An $18.5 million project gutted the nine-story residential building at 55 Henderson St. near Powder Springs Street in Marietta. A public-private partnership between the Marietta Housing Authority and Marietta-based Walton Communities turned what was once known as Henderson Arms into Walton Renaissance on Henderson, which is being touted as an “upscale,” yet still affordable, community. Seniors age 62 and older who have an annual income of less than $23,250 for one resident and $26,550 for two can apply to live in the community. Residents pay 30 percent of their annual income for rent. Every apartment is subsidized with federal dollars. To read the entire article click here.

 

Work Continues on WellStar East Cobb Health Park

Work continues on the latest addition to the WellStar Health Park family. CDH Partners is the architectural firm for the East Cobb project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. The three-story 205,000 sf health park health park will offer a full complement of services including cardio pulmonary rehab, orthosport rehab, urgent care, imaging, women’s imaging, physician practices such as family, cardio vascular, pulmonary, a sleep lab, ENT, allergy, OB/GYN, general surgery, GI, vascular, endocrinology, urology, spine clinic, and orthopedics. The facility will also have a three-story parking deck and contain a 20,000 sf ambulatory surgery center along with an atrium, a café, a retail pharmacy, and space for community education. (Please click on the photo to enlarge.)

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The front of the East Cobb Health Park takes shapes.

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The Atrium that will contain areas for rest along with a cafe and a retail pharmacy.

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Rock going up on the outside walls.

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Cranes are used at the rear of the building.

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CDH designer Carine Kroko and CDH Structural Engineering Manager Mark Hufstetler look over structural plans.

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Preparing to place stone and WellStar signage.