Archive for September, 2014

Is a commercial kitchen right for your church?

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh

Editor’s note: CDH Principal Ernest “Terry” Biglow was recently interview by Church Executive Magazine on the scope of building a commercial kitchen

With equipment, exhaust systems, plumbing, electricity, building codes and so much more to consider — all at a considerable cost — building a commercial church kitchen is a big decision.

But, it’s also a smart one.

Any church that wants to add a commercial kitchen to its campus learns quickly that it’s no small undertaking. Depending on the kitchen’s intended uses, there are a multitude of equipment requirements, liabilities, staffing and inspection considerations to navigate — often, more than the church bargained for.

Commercial, by design
To start with, it can be confusing to decipher the differences between a commercial kitchen and a warming, or residential-style, setup. Because these nuances are subject to local health and fire jurisdictions, they vary greatly across the country.

Church design professionals such as Ernest C. (Terry) Biglow, III, AIA — managing principal at CDH Partners, Inc., in Marietta, GA — are used to leading clients through this complex territory. “For one thing, 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. “And, on the equipment side, anything more than a microwave could be considered a commercial kitchen, in some areas of the U.S.” Please click here to continue reading.

Video Just Release on New Paulding Hospital!

The new CDH designed Paulding Hospital is the second phase for the 33-acre development located in Hiram, GA. This new hospital opened in April 2014 and has 56 beds and has the capacity for 112 beds. This state-of-the-art hospital is one of the safest in the country. Click here to view the video!

WellStar East Cobb set to open


The WellStar East Cobb Health Park is set to open on September 15. It was recently spotlighted in the Marietta Daily Journal. For the past few years, WellStar Health System has worked with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare for area residents. This health park venue offers a variety of out-patient services and wellness opportunities. The vision for these parks is to bring the services closer to the communities which they serve. Each park will become an integral part of the community and be utilized for medical services but also to serve such needs as fitness and health education. To read the MDJ article, please click here.

CDH Partners announces the selection of two new principals


Paulla Shetterly and Ernest “Terry” Biglow have been named principals at CDH Partners, Inc. In making the announcement, Bill Chegwidden, who is the firm’s president said, “We are pleased to have Paulla and Terry in these positions, and I know they will bring added strength to our team.”

Paulla Shetterly (RID, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC) who joined the firm in 1997 is also director of the Interior Design Studio. She is an award-winning leader in holistic and evidence based design and was named associate principal in 2007.

Shetterly is also a noted speaker and the author of numerous articles on interior design as it relates to spaces and the environment. She is the recipient of repeated Georgia ASID Awards and has participated in the Antron Award Panel of Judges. At CDH, she directs a multi-discipline design team that is focused on creating distinctive environments. She has an extensive background in interior design and is known for her intuitive ability to produce designs that are well planned for space and quality. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and is a LEED accredited professional.


Ernest Biglow (AIA), also named principal, directs the Engineering Department at CDH and provides creative oversight that incorporates firm-wide collaboration. He is a seasoned architect and the recipient of numerous awards for projects ranging from healthcare and education to religious design. He is well versed in every discipline of architectural design and leads clients through the master plan process using keen insight, thoughtfulness to detail, and collaboration.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a Masters degree in Architectural Design. He joined CDH in 2002 and was named associate principal in 2012. His recognitions include the Sigma Tau Sigma: Honorary Tutoring Society and Phi Kappa Phi: Scholastic Honorary Society.

CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977 as a client-centered firm. Over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.

WellStar Paulding Hospital featured by Heathcare Design

The WellStar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH design project will be featured at the upcoming HCD September Design Showcase. The project will also be highlighted in the Healthcare Design Showcase Magazine and online. Click here to view this amazing project.