WellStar East Cobb: an evidence based design system

The design for WellStar East Cobb offers a evidence-based design system that is a combination of out-patient services enhanced with health and wellness opportunities. One of the challenges designers faced was to be sensitive to the needs and wishes of the surrounding community. As a leading provider of healthcare services in the Metro-Atlanta area, WellStar Health System worked with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare for area residents. The result was a state-of-the-art health park that services area residents in a highly populated residential area. Designers master planned the site and facility, which offers a results-based system that combines enhanced outpatient services with health and wellness opportunities.

At East Cobb, the design team of CDH Partners began by creating a master plan for the Health Park site. The vision for this park and others like it bring the healthcare services closer to the communities which they serve. Each park is an integral part of the community and is utilized for medical services and also fitness and health education.

The site for the East Cobb Health Park is surrounded by a residential neighborhood and a church. The Health Park includes space for urgent care, imaging services, medical offices, childcare, and retail. A terraced parking deck is nested into a hillside offering easy access to the three story structure. The CDH design team preserved much of the wooded landscape leaving it natural and undisturbed. Walking trails along a stream are open to the public. A scenic drive connects to the Wellness Center and Rehab facility. Additional accessible parking is included in future planning and will service the needs of a growing visitor population.

The scope of this health park was to design a “one stop” healthcare facility. Utilizing an integrated team approach, a team consisting of architects, interior designers, contractor, end users, evidence-base design experts, and medical planners came together to work on this state-of-the-art 190,000 square foot health park high performance building.

Designers created a warm and inviting environment that assists in patient healing and wellbeing. This facility contains an ambulatory surgery center as well as clinical outpatient services for diagnostic imaging and lab, urgent care, primary care and specialty outpatient services such as pulmonary and physical rehabilitation. It also contains employee fitness, community education, and conference room space.

Architects and designers also focused on creating an intrinsic design that guides visitors through the facility using visible points of connection. Their goal was to design a building that reduces patient stress for a better experience and outcome. Exam rooms have custom benches that provide comfort for family members and function as storage beneath. Physician offices are combined with medical assistant offices for space efficiency. Furniture and finishes were selected for durability, safety, ease of maintenance, and comfort.

 

Owner:

WellStar Health System
Marietta, GA 30060

Square Footage:

190,000

Acreage

23 acres

Completion

Fall 2014

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Acworth Health Park

As a leading provider of healthcare services in the Metro-Atlanta area, WellStar Health System continues to work with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare. This is being accomplished through the development of a series of health parks in the metro Atlanta area.

CDH designers created a master plan for the Acworth site that brought healthcare and wellness services closer to the community. This continues to be a primary goal for WellStar Health Systems. This bright and contemporary facility contains medical offices, exam rooms, along with areas for fitness and healthcare education. The mission style of this facility creates a warm and engaging experience for clients and guests.

The Health Park is located in a natural setting and is bordered by a residential development. It provides a full complement of services including diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multi-specialty rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center.

Future plans for the facility include a childcare, along with retail and pharmacy space.

Owner:

WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

Square Footage

Phase 1 – 69,000

Cost:

$25 Million

Acreage

6 acres

Completion

Phase 1 – 20012
Phase 2 – 2014

Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Since the firm’s establishment in 1977, CDH has worked in all development phases of this 40-acre campus. Significant projects, which CDH has completed, include an outpatient services building, patient/employee parking deck, medical office building with parking deck, women’s center, psychiatric and substance abuse facility. CDH was also involved in major interior renovations of the existing inpatient hospital along with the development of a new women’s center, new front entrance pavilion, emergency department, and central energy. Each phase of construction or renovation was done as a transformation to meet the latest community needs.

Off campus projects include a freestanding professional office building, primary care facility, and medical center day care facility.

Owner

Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Gainesville, Georgia

Paulding Physicians Center

The Paulding Hospital is located in one of the nation’s fastest growing counties. The owners for the center asked designers created a master plan that would provide expandable space to meet the needs and demands of this community.

The master plan for this three-story building also includes a future hospital campus. The 3-story building exterior is composed of two warm hues of red brick with a cast stone band, metal paneling, and glass that allows amplitude of warm natural daylight.

The two entrances have contemporary canopy drop off points that make it convenient for patients and visitors to access to the building. In a future phase the medical office building will connect to the hospital campus. The building also will house a surgery center located on the lower level, an imaging suite on the main level, and private offices for other medical tenants.

Owner:

WellStar Health System
Dallas, Georgia

Square footage:

76,000

Center for Total Cancer Care – Hillandale

The Center for Total Cancer Care located at the Hillandale Medical Center is a contemporary facility that offers all aspects of holistic, patient-centered cancer care and treatment. This facility was included in the original master plan created by architects for DeKalb Medical Hospital at Hillandale.

Officials for the hospital wanted this structure to be as striking as it is functional. They asked designers to create a center where cancer patients could receive total care and treatment in an atmosphere that is comfortable and inviting.

The result is a state of the art facility that provides a wide range of medical services. A warm color palette, eclectic wall designs, durable flooring, and well-appointed lighting blend together to create an attractive and highly functional facility.

This attractive contemporary space is a friendly environment offering wireless Internet and other amenities. Brushed aluminum is used throughout the facility to add clean contemporary lines, light, a sense of solidness, and spaciousness. A covered canopy greets visitors and guests.

This innovative facility was the first planned digital hospital in Georgia. One of the advantages of an all-digital hospital is that patient information is available instantly– eliminating paperwork and duplicate tests and allowing doctors to make faster, more informed decisions leveraging the advances of information technology.

Owner

Center for Total Cancer Care
Lithonia, Georgia

Square Footage

26,660 first floor
22,837 second floor

The Coliseum Medical Center

Physicians for the Center for Total Cancer Care contacted us with the goal of creating a facility that offers total care for cancer patients living in Macon and middle Georgia. They also wanted this additional structure to be striking and functional like the ones before it.

CDH Designers created an aesthetically beautiful and highly functional solution for physicians, patients, and also the community. An existing building complex provided the backdrop for the renovation and the construction of a new contemporary cancer care center. There was a historical aspect to the existing building that architects wanted to preserve.

This contemporary addition houses all aspects of holistic, patient-centered cancer care and treatment. It is a part of the Coliseum Medical Center campus and includes a signature clock tower feature that is adjacent to a three-story glass atrium.

Natural light flows into this area creating a welcoming environment. A warm color palette, brushed aluminum, exposed brick, appointed lighting, and stained concrete flooring combine to create a contemporary but warm environment.  Sunscreens, a covered canopy, and intuitive way-finding relieves stress and anxiety for guests.

A portion of the structure was wrapped in glass walls giving it a fresh, updated, and relative appearance. Existing underground parking facilities provides easy access fot the facility for patients and visitors.

Owner:

The Coliseum Medical Center
Macon, Georgia

Square Footage:

26,491

Athens Heart Center

The leadership team for the Athens Heart Center contacted CDH with the goal of building a community heart center where patients could receive enhanced healthcare in a state-of-the-art facility. Doctors also wanted to provide other medical procedures for their patients along with heart care services.

Designers created an environment that was comfortable, efficient, and easy to access. The master planning process provides convenient locations and intuitive way-finding to relieve stress and anxiety for guests.

A three-story glass tower atrium serves as a signature feature for this 55,000 square-foot building. Large widows strategically placed throughout the center bring the outside in. Natural surfaces and colors come together to enhance the comfortable feel of this structure.

The Athens Heart Center provides the much-needed space and the advanced technology that interventional cardiologists need to treat heart problems. The team at the heart center believes having a center like this one has helped patients avoid major surgery and extended hospital stays.

Schematic documents were developed for a Certificate of Need submission, including non-invasive testing for cardio-vascular and neurology including echo, tilt, vascular ultrasound, EKG, holter, pulmonary function testing, EEG, EMG, and sleep labs.

Owner:

Athens Heart Center
Athens, Georgia

Square Footage:

55,000

 

WellStar Blood Bank

Leaders for the WellStar Health System developed the concept of the Blood Bank—a medical space where blood donations can be done in an environment outside a hospital setting. They turned to CDH to create a facility that offers comfort, ease of use, and donor support. This facility is located in the north metro Atlanta area and is the first of its kind in the state of Georgia—the second in the United States. Clients, who wish to become donors, can contribute directly to the WellStar Health System.

Architects designed the Blood Bank to be an open and inviting space that incorporates a playful color palette with a bright contemporary design and plenty of clean lines. Large windows are located along two exterior walls bring the outdoors inside and allow natural light to fill the atrium. Views of the natural surrounding area become primary attractions.
Surfaces are durable and dynamic while the nurse’s stations are functional and accessible. The facility contains lobby, refreshment center, and procedure rooms. An onsite, well-equipped lab is also located in the facility.
Owner:

WellStar Health System
Marietta, Georgia

Location:

Marietta, Georgia

Square Footage:

6,313

Toccoa Cancer Center

The Toccoa Cancer Center is a part of the Northeast Georgia Health system and serves the oncology needs of seven surrounding counties. The center provides radiation therapy with spaces created to offer a pleasing environment to the patient.

The facility contains linear accelerator and simulator rooms that are constructed into the hillside for radiation shielding. The chemo infusion room allows four patients to be treated at one time. This mission-styled facility is equipped with four exam rooms to offer post treatment and follow-up care. Services include community cancer education and clinical trials for new cancer treatments.

Owner:

Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Gainesville, Georgia

Square Footage:

6,400

Spivey Station Outpatient Surgery Center

Spivey Station Surgery Center offers a wide range of outpatient surgical procedures. This contemporary medical center is located near physician offices and digital imaging centers. Designers were asked to create an outpatient facility with easy access and contained enough space for a broad range of medical treatments including ear, nose, and throat procedures, orthopedic surgery, and various types of breast surgery.

Innovativeness was crucial when it came to designing this facility. Medical officials opted to use an integrated operating room approach, which means the surgical areas were designed to meet the specific and immediate needs of each procedure.

Patient comfort, care, and experience were very important. The facility was designed using natural colors, warm wood paneling, and appointed lightening. An illuminated reception desk visually enhances the waiting room and also serves as a focal point for visitors. Backlit acrylic panels cover the front of the desk and create a soothing indirect lighting in the waiting area.

An overhead trellis that stretches across the ceiling near the reception desk provides visual interest and also helps with patient navigation. Partial height partitions throughout the waiting area alleviate the issue of noise and privacy. Many measures were taken to ensure the design of the building improved patient care.

Owner:

Meadows and Ohly
Spivey Station
Jonesboro, Georgia

Square Footage:

58,275 (shell) – Phase 1
24,623 (buildout) – Phase 2

Recognition:

2009 Architectural Showcase
Healthcare Design Magazine
September Design Showcase

Rockdale Medical Center Emergency

The Rockdale Emergency Center addition facilitates three levels of patient care and needs—minor, acute care, and observation. Administrators ask designers for CDH to created a facility that could be isolated and if necessary locked in order to contain infectious diseases. This contemporary facility also houses decontamination rooms, which recoup the water and the air, and are operated on separate systems to assure containment.

A modern glass and mental canopy is a prominent entry, which is enhanced by lighting in the evening, makes this an immediate visual upgrade to the campus and designates the space for emergency arrival.

Owner:

Rockdale Medical Center
Conyers, Georgia

Square Footage:

17,600 – New Construction
10,500 – Renovation

DeKalb Medical Center at North Decatur

CDH has provided planning and design services for the DeKalb Medical Center since 1979. At that time, the design team assisted in the creation of a strategic Master Plan that involved more than one million square feet of hospital and medical office space on this Decatur campus.

An ongoing goal of the master plan initiatives was to create an environment that promotes the well being and healing of those who use this facility. The master planning process provides convenient locations and intuitive way-finding to relieve stress for each guest.

Architects and hospital leaders spent a great deal of time focusing on details—large and small. These even included efficient travel distances for both staff and patients. In the end, designers placed outpatient services adjacent to the main hospital tower, which eliminated a sense of “sprawl” keeping the campus organized and easy to access.

The latest addition to this metro Atlanta medical facility is a 163,000 square foot Women’s & Surgery Center. It is recognized by its dedicated covered entry with convenient parking located beneath the medical tower.

Over the years, CDH has created innovative design solutions that have helped the hospital achieve many of its long-term initiatives. The goal to provide the best patient care possible has always been at the center of the design process.

Owner:

DeKalb Medical
Decatur, Georgia

Square Footage

1,000,000

ClearVista Women’s Care

ClearVista Women’s Care was faced with an increasing level of competition for services. As the population grew around the facility, more providers were drawn to the area. The two-decade old clinic had become a cluttered patchwork of spaces that limited physician’s ability to provide innovative services. In response to the client’s requests, Designers created a state-of-the-art facility that provided a welcoming environment in a supportive atmosphere.

At the same time, the local hospital was in the process of a major renovation and expansion. Included in the project was the construction of an eight-story medical office building. ClearVista saw the opportunity to partner with the hospital creating a comprehensive women’s center. This center also serves as an anchor tenant providing direct access to the maternity floor and offering the most cost effective solution to the growing demands of patient care.

An exterior window wall was used to organize the main circulation system and provide natural light for the facility creating a spa-like atmosphere along the hallway leading to the exam rooms. The facility also contains offices, a conference room, and gathering spaces for children, who accompany their parents.

Owner:

ClearVista Women’s Care
Indianapolis, Indiana

Square Footage:

11,946

 

Center for Total Cancer Care

Cancer Care Associates is a new freestanding medical oncology center that serves more than 15,000 infusion therapy patients a year. Architects were asked to design a facility that supported patients and their families in a quiet, healing environment. Warm colors, well appointed lighting, and natural elements of stone and wood were combined to create an inviting atmosphere. Each infusion area has a unique theme, wireless access, digital entertainment, and music. Patients also may choose to retreat to a spa-like area that contains an interior waterfall.

Office space and exam rooms are located on the second floor clinical area. Eight physician modules are available where doctors meet with patients and their families. It also contains individual physician stations and sub waiting areas.

This facility supports a state-of-the-art laboratory with seven private phlebotomy stations providing patients with the convenience of having the necessary blood work done at the facility. A USP 797 Pharmaceutical Compounding lab also provides on-site mixing and pharmacy support. This pharmacy is equipped with two mixing hoods, clean room, barrier isolators, and support features for high-risk compounding.

The facility’s pharmacy is equipped with two mixing hoods, a clean room, barrier isolators, and support features for high-risk compounding. The center also contains a unique, Proton Emission Tomography (PET) imaging center. PET imaging allows a physician to see three-dimensional images of organs—an essential tool when diagnosing and battling cancer.

Owner:

 
Cancer Care Associates
Fresno, California

Square Footage:

 
27,375

Barrett Surgery Center at Cobb Hospital

With the renovation of the Barrett Surgery Center, WellStar Cobb Hospital expanded its operating room capacity by 33 percent. Designers for CDH Partners created four state-of-the-art operating suites that are equipped with the latest technology for surgical procedures. Ten pre-operative, post-operative patient rooms were also renovated adding new flooring finishes, interior finishes, and more open space to increase workflow.

A 10-bed post-anesthesia care unit allows patients to recover in an atmosphere that is safe and completely interactive with the nursing staff and physicians. The expansion includes a patient registration area and family waiting area that were designed to streamline the check-in process. Designers chose natural finishes that included hardwood flooring, richly colored fabrics and carpets, and appointed lightening to create an waiting area that is relaxing and comfortable.

Owner:

Wellstar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia
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Square Footage:

27,383
11,981