CDH Partners worked with the leadership of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia to expand their campus to address growing youth ministry needs by providing a safe and inviting environment that promotes fellowship, and spiritual growth opportunities.
The architectural features of the “Student Ministries Building” includes an open central mall with exposed structure, and a rich palette of colors that reinforces a natural aesthetic. This unique facility provides two spaces for assembly. One for the Middle School ministry with seating for 500 when operable walls creating classroom spaces are stacked and stored. The second, for the High School ministry, will accommodate 300.
Each with state of the art audio, video and theatrical lighting technology.The central mall space provides small group meeting cubes and stalls in an open environment. A cafe’ anchors the west end of the mall. An interior dining area is provided as well as two covered exterior dining areas.
The Atlanta Jewish Academy selected CDH Partners to design a new building and renovation of the existing space on campus. This multi-phase plan includes classroom and laboratory instruction space, faculty areas, a beit midrash and a new gymnasium. A third level addition to the high school was also masterplanned within the project’s scope.
The nearly 20,000 sf multi-purpose building provides many different environments for use. There are classroom and laboratory combination spaces, which allow instruction on physics, biology and chemistry. The Academy faculty have new areas in which to interact with students outside the instructional space and prepare their teaching. The beit midrash has a etzel hayim for the sefer torah, a prescribed divider and storage for kippas and shawls. Our continuous communication with the client was vital to this project. The coordination by all parties involved provided beautiful new instructional and gathering space for the Academy.
CDH designed a new sanctuary and education building for Roopville Road Baptist Church. This building contains 54,000 square feet and provides much needed space for future growth. The exterior is stucco accented with natural stone and wood creating a warm and welcoming environment. Stone columns and a well lit cupola designate the covered entry.
Large windows provide an abundance of natural light, which flows throughout the lobby space. Flooring consists of stained concrete and carpet. The sanctuary is a state-of-the-art facility containing choir space, a large stage, stadium seating, audio and video booths and theatrical lighting. The main worship center also contains a music rehearsal suite, preschool education wing, and a cafe.
Several gathering spaces were added as places to connect with friends. The building includes an administrative wing and an education wing for adults, children, and youth.
The children’s area is a safe, fun environment that contains a theater with a stage. The preschool area incorporates a safe check in desk, bright colors, and spacious rooms and has a fire house theme.
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 First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, has grown from the original worship facility to now occupying nearly nine city blocks. CDH Partners was asked to assist the church with master-planning for the church’s campus and also interior renovations in a number of existing spaces. The original 100-year-old worship center has served the church in several capacities throughout the years.
Through proper master planning for the entire campus it was determined the most beneficial and appropriate use of this historic space required renovation of its interior as the future chapel. The transformation preserves the look of the original worship space for this mega-church but it also introduces state-of-the-art technology. Audio and video are apart of the digital technology included in the design of the worship center. The church has two campuses and live broadcasts are viewed at both locations.
The chapel continues to serve the needs of the church for smaller gatherings suited to its 400-seat capacity.
Mount Paran Church of God has a rapidly growing congregation that supports a progressive style of worship. When designers for CDH Partners began to develop a master plan for the church, the location of the campus was an immediate concern. But so was the location and the design of the children’s spaces one of which is called Bibleland.
Each Sunday, Pre-K children and Kindergarteners visit Bibleland, an age-specific multi-functional theater space.A large room hosts the weekly drama, puppets, music, costumed storytellers. Eight classrooms are used for further teaching on the Bible story for the week. This themed environment even has a special seating to fit the environment and help this age group imagine what it would be like to live when Jesus lived.
The major concern the leadership of this church was retention. They wanted to make sure they had the right updated facilities to offer the youth and young families. The finishes, themed environments, and security measures were not current. CDH had built a multipurpose building on this campus years ago and it also needed updating. The choice to have a more contemporary facility also included theater seating in the main sanctuary.
The renovation took place “under roof,” which called for contractors and their teams to work during the week making the facility available for use on Sundays. It involved a great deal of demolition work, especially to the preschool and children’s areas that included moving walls, adding welcome stations, updated finishes, millwork, paint and themed environments.
The campus also contained a historical structure, which was the original sanctuary. It is now used by the youth for worship. This building was completely renovated and the original stain glass windows were refurbished. The new contemporary designed facility was also something adults, who use the facility, are comfortable using. The middle school and high school groups also have assemble space in this facility. A café was added to this area making it a great place for people to meet ad have coffee.
The children’s area was relocated and totally reconfigured. Corridors that had been difficult to navigate were changed and enlarged to increase traffic flow. Walls were taken down and reconfigured to include a center corridor that allows for a smoother transition from one space to another. An area used for fellowship, recreation, and classroom space was located on the lower level of the main worship facility. It was under used because it was dark and hidden. This space was totally renovated adding new paint, millwork, along with a new ceiling, a stage, and a state-of-the art lighting and sound system. Now, it is a perfect place for events and recreation. An elevator was also added to this building making it handicap accessible.
The space for preschoolers required a total renovation. The rooms that were in this location were functional, but CDH designers added new finishes, paint, millwork, and updated the themes. Security was also added taking care of a critical need. Architects added a check in area, cross-corridor doors to create a physical barrier to aid in security along with access control items requiring the addition of keypads. Before the renovation, the administrative staff was scattered all over the campus making security problematic. It also meant that building that contained these offices had to be heated and cooled so the campus was not energy efficient.
Architects captured some classroom space and turn it into an office suite for the staff and the senior pastor along with space for volunteers. Before the redesign and renovation, various buildings had to be left open. This newly constructed area has helped the staff to work more efficiently while conserving energy. The campus is now easier to navigate and to manage and secure. The results of the renovation is a more contemporary setting that incorporated theater seating themed areas while meeting the needs of all age groups.
Noonday Baptist Church is an established church in the community that has experienced significant growth in recent years. Because of the need for more space the church purchased an 18.75-acre parcel of land across the street from their existing campus. CDH assisted in the programming and master planning to maximize both sites. The existing campus will continue to house the church’s academy, youth ministry and the church administrative needs.
The first phase of development is complete and the new campus provides the church with a 600-seat sanctuary space that utilizes portable staging. This worship space will become the fellowship hall as the campus develops and a larger worship center is added. The portable staging helps avoid a need for renovation when the campus reaches further development. Twelve adult classrooms and thirteen rooms for preschool and children were included in this two-story building. A large porte-cochere featuring exposed trusses welcomes guests upon arrival. The exterior of the bungalow styled building is detailed with brick. Two hundred parking spaces will be included in this phase of development.
For years, Prince Avenue Baptist Church has had a very active children’s program. Therefore, when church leaders met with the CDH design team, they immediately expressed a desire to create an area that motivated young children to learn.
“Genesis Junction” does exactly that. This themed space is highly motivational and entertaining. It was designed to have the look and feel of a fun train depot. The check in station is a ticket counter with security doors for limited access and video cameras to monitor entry. There are even blinking red lights on the railroad crossing signals.
A large mural of an old steam locomotive extends down the hallway and acts as a wayfinding element for children and parents. A small theater located inside the preschool area provides a place for children to watch puppet shows and interact with teachers and other children.
“Kidzopolis,” which is located on the upper level, is a large space designated for children K-5. It includes “The Clubhouse” theater, another themed area that containing large trees, marquee style posters depicting the current Sunday school lesson, and a stage area with props suitable for a teaching environment. Solid and patterned carpeting that is sensitive to the black lights provides another sensory rich experience.
Exits from the Clubhouse lead to secure corridors and provide access to the children’s ministry classrooms. The inclusion of 3D elements and black lighting create a sense of drama and excitement. Thanks to colorful wall messaging, these areas are also places where values and principles are taught in an easy-to-understand ways.
The goal given to CDH was to create a colorful space that is exciting and provides plenty of interaction for the children of First Baptist Church Jonesboro. Designers converted and redesigned an existing drive-under portion of the building into a secure, light-filled area for the church’s youth. The renovation and the expansion of the existing 3-story children’s building also provided additional educational space, along with a toddler’s indoor play area and a reception station.
The check-in desk in the children’s area is a train with whistles and lights. A pattern of train tracks is printed into the carpet and disappears into a tunnel, which is actually an elevator door. Each corridor in this three-story building supports the “train” theme, which provides easy wayfinding for children and parents as they move along clearly marked pathways.
First Baptist Church of Jonesboro
The Bridge Community Center is a part of the ministry of the First Baptist Church of Peachtree City, Georgia. Architects for CDH designed this space after talking with church and community leaders. The idea was to meet the needs of this growing church while also meeting the needs of a progressive community located south of the Atlanta metro area.
This brightly designed 23,000 square foot public facility is adjacent to the church but open to anyone living in the Peachtree City community. It contains multi-purpose classrooms used for support groups and tutoring, meeting rooms, a walking track, a gymnasium, and a café with an open lobby seating area that offers free WiFi.
The youth area provides indoor recreational space that also includes a gym, a basketball court, and a theatrical stage with a state-of-the-art audio and video system used for performing arts and concerts.
Peachtree City Baptist Church
Peachtree City, Georgia
DeKalb County Schools have been so satisfied with this school that it has become a prototype for their future elementary schools in their county. The CDH Partners design team utilized an innovative storm drain solution to effectively deal with runoff and minimize the impact on a nearby flood plain. The intelligently designed building integrates EIFS, brick and glass as exterior surfaces. With nearly 200 percent more glazing than typical classrooms, the use of natural light reduces operational expenditures. Use of a quartz vinyl tile offers lower maintenance in the high traffic areas.
Administration offices are located along the main corridor near the entry to the school. Security concerns were addressed through the use of strategically positioned cameras, a wall of windows along the corridor, and the construction of a secure courtyard for the Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade classes. Because the school was constructed in one phase, all third, fourth, and fifth grade classes were located on the second level minimizing the vertical circulation code restrictions for younger children.
Dawson Memorial Baptist Church is a large church that is located in downtown Birmingham. It is rich in character and contains distinctive architecture. Church leaders were committed to preserving the beauty of the site and also are committed to being good neighbors on adjoining properties. The church sits on a very tight footprint and the creation and expansion of the children’s area required designers to take beyond the normal limitations. A strategic master plan had been developed for the church’s campus but CDH as asked to expand this plan and update it helping the church to stay in step with its growth, especially among young families.
The church’s master plan committee outlined the priorities for taking care of the needs of children and senior adults while improving circulation and pedestrian access. Designers wanted to create a facility that embraced the church’s multi-cultural services.
The master plan was developed based upon the committee’s directives and the input of each ministry focus of the church. In phase one a new children’s building was completed. Phase two includes renovation of the senior adult area, improving the church’s flow and circulation, along with creating new gathering spaces. Future phases include the renovation of the worship center and education space. The strategic plan allows for this campus makeover to take place with minimal inconvenience of current ministry programs.
Dawson Memorial Baptist Church
Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders
Architects for CDH Partners created a plan that helped Perimeter Church expand their campus addressing the needs of a growing youth ministry. This space is a safe, high energy, and inviting environment that promotes fellowship, fun, and spiritual growth opportunities.
The architectural features of “The Bricks” includes pattern stained concrete, a revealed structure, and rich palette that reinforces the “industrial” aesthetic. This unique structure integrates ministry into daily life and activities with a rock-climbing wall, online resource center, caged basketball courts, game room, and auditorium with flexible seating to accommodate up to 750, complete with state of the art audio and video technology.
The Neo-Gothic church is of brick and cast stone accentuating the doorways and the vivid stained glass windows. The interior is articulated in an old-world feel with thirteen-foot-five-inch, “Jubilee Doors” to delineate the narthex from a baptismal pool area. Rich millwork, a wainscot of split-face block, scissor-trusses, a clerestory cupola and iron rood screen all work together to complete the aesthetic. The cherry pews provide seating for 760 parishioners while revealing little of modern technology and mechanical systems allowing the splendor of the space to remain pure and true to the catholic tradition.
Archdiocese of Atlanta
2009 Brick in Architecture — Silver Award — Houses of Worship
2007 Georgia ASID Design Excellence Award
The initial phase of the master plan created by CDH Partners included the construction of a multi-functional building that could be expanded with church growth. Architects incorporated an arts and crafts design that contains a palette of natural colors exclusively chosen to blend with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Elements of stacked stone, along with touches of cherry-stained maple, and the inclusion of black iron hardware create a warm, inviting, and welcoming atmosphere.
The focal point of the church narthex is its grand fireplace, which serves as a gathering point for members and visitors. Large windows in the worship center and the narthex open up the interior of the building to the surrounding wooded scenery. A well-positioned, handcrafted chandelier echoes the detail found in the ironwork on handrails and entry door hardware.
Theatrical lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system also enhance the worship experience. This multi-functional worship center is equipped with a commercial kitchen that quickly transforms to accommodate tables and chairs for dinners and banquets. The children and youth areas contain theaters that are complete with theatrical sound and lighting systems. The building is designed with a main street hallway on each of the three levels.
First Baptist Church
New 74 acre site
5 Phase Plan
Phase 1 – 77,200 sq. ft.
This church is located on 11.5 acres in the upscale community of Alpharetta, Georgia. After purchasing this spacious track of land, church leaders saw that there was a need for the development of a master plan that would be sufficient for future years of growth.
The architectural expression of the campus reflects a modern approach to church design while utilizing familiar historical elements. The exterior is designed to complement the natural setting of the worship center and is primarily comprised of brick and stone. Large areas of glazing were also used to enhance the stone detail on the worship center and to take full advantage of the church’s scenic surroundings. A tower feature adds presence, height, and natural light to the narthex.
The initial phase of the campus included the construction of a 600-seat multi-purpose facility that is used for worship and also as a fellowship hall. The design included the construction of a large kitchen, a nursery, pre-school, and elementary educational classrooms. A spacious lobby adjacent to the worship center doubles as a gathering and fellowship space for members and visitors. Playgrounds and well-positioned parking complete the campus.
Future phases include a 1200-seat sanctuary, a 150-seat chapel, a gymnasium, additional education space, administrative office space, a covered courtyard, expanded parking, and a foster home.