Phase two of the master plan for Gardendale First Baptist Church joins the church campus to a highly charged worship and educational space for preschool children and elementary students. This area is called Kidz Kingdom. After a worship facility was built, leadership for Gardendale quickly realized that the next priority was to move its children and youth ministries to the new location.
The CDH design team chose two themes for Kidz Kingdom both incorporate bold and happy colors, which also act as wayfinding elements for children and parents. (Please see the video below.) They are also used to engage and to motivate each age group. The first floor contains a lobby designed with a playground theme and includes a durable play set behind a tree house design. Additional classroom spaces are designed with lots of color creating an inviting space for children and youth.
On the lower level, the entrance to the 500-seat auditorium has the look and feel of a real motion picture theater with a marque and lighting. This space contains a large stage with state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting. This theater provides a place for children to be “kidz!” They can sing, jump around, worship, watch dramas, and interact with teachers and other children. Each Sunday, volunteers pop popcorn in a large movie theater popcorn machine.
The design also included the construction of a nursery, pre-school, and elementary educational classrooms. A spacious lobby doubles as a gathering and fellowship space for children and their families. Playgrounds and well-positioned parking complete the campus. The parent drop off area for the nursery and the check-in area is on the main level and has secure access doors. The entire facility is secure and safe. Cameras are placed in strategic locations so children are monitored at all times.
This is WellStar’s first facility that was built solely for pediatrics. CDH Partners were asked to renovate an existing building and then to design a facility that would contain immediate care and also state-of-the-art imaging geared solely for children and young adults.
An expected population increase of more than ten percent over the next four years motivated the client to build this outpatient pediatric diagnostic facility that also includes urgent care and orthosport spaces. The 20,000 square foot center offers pediatric ambient MRI, CT, digital radiography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and blood draw capabilities.
The client’s vision included a facility that was fun for children and welcoming to parents and caregivers. The goal was to design an environment that was bright and fun. Designers for CDH created a facility that is full of imagination, color, and positive distractions. It is a facility that contains not only top-of-the-line equipment but also spaces that reduce stress.
Brightly colored window walls located in the lobby areas allow natural light to flow into the core of the building. Themed spaces provide children with choices. Wall scenes in the procedure rooms can be changed to created different fun and distracting environments. Water features, murals, LED monitors, and an interactive wall are positive distractions that are used to help children to relax.
Furniture is age-designed and sized. There are also electronic tablet stations located in the lobby that can be used to access the internet and games. The medical equipment is designed with children in mind. The MRI has an ambient experience, which can be programed to display different colors and wall scenes. A Kitten scanner is used to education children about how a MRI works. Before a child has a procedure done, he or she can watch a toy animal have a MRI with an imitation CT scanner. The results are display on a monitor that shows what the CT scan found inside the animal.
Meeting community needs was a top priority for this client that has emerged as a healthcare leader in the metro Atlanta area. A total of 15 physicians rotate through the center. Each one has a set of patients. This 24-hour center has a physician on duty at all times.
The Robert A. Lipson Center houses the main lobby for the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. Architects designed this landmark structure to be a point of connection for the hospital’s patient tower and also a place of welcome. The exterior of this highly visible structure is finished in brick, precast concrete, and glass.
High-end finishes were used to complete this two-story lobby that is detailed in warm-tone wood paneling and terrazzo flooring. Clerestory windows enhance the lobby and allow warm natural light to filter into the area creating a feeling of openness and connection with the outside.
A colonnaded drop off canopy along with the center’s plaza was designed to add a sense of spaciousness and grandeur. It is detailed with brick pavers and lush landscaping, which work together to provide easy patient and vehicular navigation. As a memorial tribute and expression of high regard, paintings by former WellStar CEO Dr. Robert Lipson are on displayed in the lobby gallery.
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