(Editor’s note: The following article recently appeared in Religious Product News Magazine)
Morningside Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, had always believed that providing a fulfilling church life experience for the entire family was the key ingredient in growing a strong church. When the church needed to expand its facilities to accommodate growing membership, it made sense to reinvest in its ministry programs.
Church leadership organized a Long Range Planning Committee and hired architects, engineers and interior designers from CDH Partners based in Marietta, Georgia, to design a master plan that would address the church’s present ministry needs as well as provide a plan for future expansion as membership continued to grow. The plan would be phased, with the first phase addressing the most pressing desires.
Morningside is a traditional-style, red brick church. The campus consisted of a large sanctuary building, fellowship hall, and a cluster of classroom buildings linked together by walkways. The ministry programs, however, were physically disconnected, scattered among several buildings on campus. This was a primary concern for church leadership, which wanted to tie together the programs together in one building to form a Children’s Ministry Center.
Adult ministry space would also need updating and renovating and, ideally, would connect in some way to the new Children’s Ministry Center.
As part of the planning process, focus groups were organized to help identify areas that could be improved. A recurring theme that came out of the focus group meetings was the need for more space for preschool, children and pre-teens to worship and express their creativity.
In response, CDH Partners designed a 39,000-square-foot, two-story building that would be situated behind the current sanctuary. Click here to continue reading.
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(Editor’s note: The following article appeared recently in the Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners is the architectural design firm for this new health park facility.)
VININGS — WellStar Health System plans to open a three-story $77 million outpatient facility in Vinings in the fall of 2017.
Construction on the 162,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway is expected to begin in early 2016.
It will be about two miles from Emory-Adventist Hospital, which closed around this time last year.
Joe Brywczynski, WellStar’s senior vice president of health parks development, said the health park being built on a 25-acre property will bring outpatient and physician services directly to the community.
“I think most people that know health care know that most of the growth over the last five years, and again projected into the next five years, has been on the outpatient side of health care,” Brywczynski said. “Technology, managed care — everything is kind of forcing things into a lower cost, more convenient setting.”
The company’s third health park in the county behind facilities in Acworth and east Cobb, WellStar Vinings Health Park is expected to offer an imaging center, urgent care, a sleep center, outpatient surgery, a bistro, physical therapy services, a community education and wellness center and more with a hotel-like design.
The first health park opened in Acworth three years ago, followed by east Cobb’s facility last year.
The Acworth health park has seen patient visits grow from 107,000 in its first year to 172,000 this year, while the east Cobb facility has grown from 128,000 patient visits in its first year with projections of 170,000 this year.
“There’s been tremendous growth and (community) acceptance at both facilities,” Brywczynski said.
Brywczynski said the area was chosen as the next health park location because of its high population density: The city has an estimated population of 51,270, according to U.S. Census numbers.
“We were hearing from consumers that they were having to take a day off work, or they were having to take kids out of school for a day, just traveling around for an x-ray, lab work, pharmacy or physician visit with travel, drive time and services spread throughout the entire community,” Brywczynski said. “So having services in one place, easy parking, in-and-out kind of services is a real advantage we think we have with the entire strategy.”
Mayor Max Bacon said he thinks the health park is a much-needed addition to the area.
“It’ll be great for our residents,” Bacon said. “If they have to use it, it’ll be there.”
Bacon said he liked that WellStar pledged to employ local people for the project.
“They’ve always been really good to give back to the community. They really have a commitment,” he said. “They don’t just come to take, they give.”
WellStar has also announced its plans for a facility in Cherokee County six months after the Vinings project is complete.
Libby Laguta (CHID, EDAC) was recently named to the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board. She is an interior design with over 30 years of healthcare sector experience. This includes working with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. This also includes working with organizations to implement long-range master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, Libby uses her strong knowledge of materials and best practices to create healthcare spaces that promote wellness, enhance the patient experience, and enable excellent healthcare outcomes. She focuses on building long term relationships with her clients, which includes some of the Southeast’s largest healthcare providers.
She is a published author in interior design trade magazines and has written several articles for Atlanta Hospital News. She is also a nationally qualified interior designer and has completed projects in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States.
Minh Duong and Christian Fraser share their personal experiences with students.
Members of the CDH architectural studio Minh Duong and Christian Fraser recently attended Career Connections Exhibition for high school students. The event features dozens of metro Atlanta employers representing fields of study that are currently offered at Gwinnett County’s seven Academy high Schools.
The Career Connection is a place where students can meet and talk with employees from a broad range of Atlanta companies and firms.
Each year, this event exposes students to potential careers helping them to make an informative choice when entering a higher grade in one of Gwinnett County’s Academy high schools. Students networked and interviewed professionals in different career clusters.
The theme for these events is “Help to make a good student great,” says CDH principal Melissa Cantrell, “That is what we want to do by talking with as many students as possible and telling them about CDH and how they can impact their world in a very significant and positive way through the fields of engineering, architecture, and interior design. Most students are very interested to learn about the work we do and how they could possibly study to become a part of a team like ours and then to go on and influence their world for something good.”