First Baptist Toccoa is a very active community church with a growing student population. Even though this church is located in a rural area in northeast Georgia, it is known for its progressive building program. Over the years, the church has expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation.
Two years ago, the church’s leadership team realized many of its young families were leaving the church in search of broader and more progressive form of worship. This is when they contacted CDH Partners and asked for assistance in retaining their current student population and expanding it to attract others from the surrounding communities.
Designers created a building that goes beyond meeting the needs of the church’s teens. While the focus of the new addition is primarily focused on students and teens, this new 14,500 square foot space accommodates a broad range of age groups and includes a contemporary multipurpose space that is used for worship, recreation, and church fellowships. The area is equipped with a state-of-the-art stage and elevated sound booth.
The facility was designed with community in mind and offers meeting and gathering spaces. The cafe with stained concrete floors serve as a perfect location for friends to meet and talk. An enclosed glass corridor serves as a welcoming transition from a traditional church environment to this newly design contemporary space.
Heritage Oaks of Englewood is a new signature assisted living and memory care located in Charlotte County, Florida. This new 118 unit assisted living community includes a 32 unit memory care neighborhood and is in close proximity to world-class healthcare, cultural venues, fine shopping and dining.
Heritage Oaks is a 95,611 square foot, one-of-a-kind community offering a luxurious lifestyle with concierge services, chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and more, without a large investment or long-term commitment. A variety of floor plans feature spacious one-bedroom and one-bath plans including deluxe two-bedroom and two-bath units.
For the design of Heritage Oaks, the interior spaces are configured for openness that promotes social interaction. Community spaces are designed to serve as the residents’ family room increasing social interaction among residents. The innovative design gives residents’ indoor and outdoor spaces for meeting, entertaining, arts and crafts, wellness, dining, developing computing skills and recreation.
Heritages Oaks provides residents with comfort, security, and peace of mind. All spaces are designed with rich, durable material. LED Lighting is enhanced to create a warm, friendly, and sustainable environment. Healthy mental stimulation through environmental design along with easy way finding for residents, contribute to a healthy and meaningful lifestyle for the residents, visitors, and staff.
Heritage Oaks sits on over 10 acres of a planned community, providing more than 60 parking spaces to support the mobility of the residents. Having access to nature and the outdoors has long been considered therapeutic for elderly residents. Research is beginning to confirm that spending time outdoors has many important health benefits even increase longevity.
The exterior landscape design includes looped walking paths and spaces that support continuous footsteps, plenty of shade to protect residents from overexposure, and comfortable seating which provides areas of rest.
Building committee members for the historical Friendship Baptist Church selected CDH Partners to design a completely new church campus. Plans call for this new campus to be completed in April 2017, which will be the church’s 155th anniversary. Friendship is one of the oldest African-American churches in the city of Atlanta.
The new 44,000 square foot church will contain state-of-the-art technology and a sanctuary that seats 500. The design for the Fellowship Hall will be flexible and contain a stage and room for over 450 people, while a smaller chapel will seat 200. The church will also contain educational and choir rehearsal space.
Friendship Baptist was displaced when the Atlanta Falcons began to acquire property for a new stadium. It was established in 1862 and is Atlanta’s first African American Baptist congregation. In the beginning, church services were held in a donated railroad boxcar given to Friendship by a church in Ohio. It was used for worship services on Sunday and as a classroom by youth during the week.
Both Spelman and Morris Brown Colleges began in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church. These schools later became a part of Atlanta University. The church is also the “Mother” church to nine other African American Baptist congregations.
Many elements of the historical Friendship Church building have been preserved and will be incorporated into the new building. Stained glass windows will be reused along with the church’s original bell and pipe organ.
Friendship Baptist Church
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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.
The owner purchased an existing pre-engineered building that was originally designed and built for a motorcycle shop. CDH repurposed it for the use as a medical facility. A mezzanine covers about one half of the foot print of the building. This area was structurally expanded with steel framing columns and a concrete slab to create a second floor level. The owner also purchased an adjacent lot to increase the parking capacity from 60 to 147 spaces.
The 14,000 sf ground floor facility contains an Urgent Care center with a dedicated entrance, ambulance pick-up, and public walk-in area. There also is a sports medicine practice on the ground floor that shares a waiting room and a check-in counter with urgent care. The facility also contains a medical lab area for blood and urine collection and testing.
The imaging center has a separate accessible hallway for predominately women’s imaging such as bone density, mammography, and ultrasound. The CT and MRI scan rooms share a common control room but the windows are offset so patients cannot see the CT room thru the control area from MRI room. The X-ray room is directly supported by nearby tech work area and state-of-the-art physicians reading room.
The 13,000 sf second floor contains Northeast Georgia Physician Group’s Dawsonville Family Practice along with space for three additional specialty practices. These groups share a waiting and a check-in/check-out area along with a conference room, small lab, clean supply room. and staff lounge.
There are 21 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, seven physician offices and four nurse’s stations. In addition to NGPG suite, there is also a single practice time share suite with three exam rooms, an office, toilets, reception area, nurse’s station, clean and soiled rooms.
The public enters the facility beneath a new steel and wood canopy into welcoming two-story lobby with porcelain tiled flooring and a curved monumental stairway. Stone elements along with a glass curtain wall and railings provide natural light and a sense of openness and space. These elements contrast the original brick veneer surrounding portions of the exterior and bringing added warmth into the vestibule and lobby.
The Villages is a newly constructed facility centered around administrative and worship spaces. A master plan was developed to add a worship center along with small group spaces and some other community type facilities. There is an existing building on their campus that was previously used for worship. In the future, this will be repurposed for meetings and classrooms. The master plan calls for it to be physically connected to the new structure by a shared garden space.
Even though this is a retire community located within a progressive resort area, the leadership wanted it to be welcoming and embracing for all age groups. Members often have children and grand children who visit. Therefore, the approach to the construction of this facility was contemporary with theater seating for 900 people. Architects also included an area where younger children could go for classes during the main worship service.
Both exterior and interior design have the look and feel of a Florida resort community. Light colors, heavy wicker furniture in gathering areas, island ceiling fans, and an abundance of natural light make this a comfortable and welcoming setting. The decision to use a slope floor and theater seats provided good sightlines from the seats to the platform. There is also state-of-the-art audio and video integration into the sanctuary. The area is a high volume, vaulted space.
One of the church’s central desires was to be good stewards of the money they had for construction. This meant the church’s leadership team had to make some tough decisions about the facility. However in the end, they were able to reach their basic goals and even go beyond these. This was partly due to the insight and flexibility of CDH architects, who designed the facility without sacrificing a great deal of function.
If there was a challenge for this project, it involved taking the original vision, preserving it, and building the structure within budget. CDH was able to do this and the results are striking both inside and outside the facility. So the goals of the client were achieved.
When leaders for the First Centenary United Methodist Church met with the CDH design team, they said their top priority was to have a greater outreach within the community, especially to inner city children and students on the nearby University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus. The design of the new ministry center has helped the church achieve its goal.
This new structure contains worship space for The Vine, the church’s contemporary outreach to students and young adults. It also contains a gymnasium that facilitates greater connection with the inner-city youth. It is clad in synthetic stucco with scored joints, to mimic the limestone exterior of the existing campus. Significant spans of glazing at the street level provides natural light for gathering areas and also creates a sense of welcome for visitors. Large overhangs add interest to the streetscape, and passive solar shading assists the mechanical systems with climate control. This new facility is located across the street from the original worship center and is connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge.
Its also home for the church’s fellowship hall, two large breakout rooms, a full service commercial kitchen, a café, and a bookstore. Renovation to the existing church building was required for connection via the bridge to the worship center level of the church. Other improvements included: circulation between the lower level and the worship center with the installation of a large stair, consolidation of children’s ministries to the worship center level, and renovation of the choir suite and administration space.
First Centenary United Methodist Church
In August of 2009, the congregation of St. Elmo United Methodist Church suffered the loss of their historic building. The 1921 structure was consumed by fire. This church was a significant landmark to the community and although the damage was nearly a total loss, parishioners wanted to salvage portions of the remaining structure. After the smoke had cleared, three walls remained standing.
Once architects for CDH Partners were given the challenge to rebuild the church. They went to work looking for ways to preserve the existing front and side facades of the main sanctuary. The rest of the structure had to be demolished but a significant goal already had been achieved: a historical part of St. Elmo’s United Methodist Church would be persevered giving the congregation the best of both worlds. The exterior was restored and renovated while designers worked to keep the look and feel of the original sanctuary but with a contemporary look and updated technology that serves the needs of today’s congregation.
The interior design team of CDH restored the former worship space and narthex to their original glory. A new two-story addition encases the restored south façade of the church and houses large gathering areas, restrooms and an open stairway. The lower level of the church contains educational space for youth and adults. It also contains a new entry, administrative offices, and a commercial kitchen. The main level includes a prayer chapel and music rehearsal suite. A large multipurpose room with stage at the rear of the facility is used for community service, classes, and neighborhood events. Please click here to watch the video and reconstruction of this amazing church.
St. Elmo United Methodist Church
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.
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.
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
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 client envisioned a café that could serve as a place of respite for the hospital and as a place for healthy dining for area businessmen and women. This inviting Bistro welcomes visitors with the look and appeal of a highend cafe.
Natural finishes of stone and wood create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. Rich earth tone glass tiles, along with stone counter tops, and tile floors further define the space. A focal point upon entry is the brick oven for specialty pizzas. A serving line that is open to the kitchen area reveals the upscale approach to dining—a goal for the owner who wanted to create a space where visitors could watch the chef and his staff work. Another feature element is a large woven wood wall along the back wall of the space.
Dimmer controlled accent lighting, and over- head lighting allow the ambiance to change in early evening hours. Designers also made use of the natural light along the adjacent corridor with a pattern of acrylic panels with detailing of natural grasses and reeds that serve as a division between the corridor and the interior dining. Booths align this wainscot wall; and a wall opposite the serving line, organize the space. Guests may chose to sit at a booth, a table, or a higher seat in the food bar area.
The KSU Deli was designed to have the look and feel of a New York delicatessen. The dining facility, which serves as one of the food service facilities located on the KSU campus, has quickly become a favorite lunch stop for KSU students and faculty. Items on the menu include hot and cold sandwiches, soup, and fresh salads.
Located adjacent to the student center, CDH designers wanted to give the facility a contemporary feel that would be attracting to the students who attend this major metropolitan Atlanta campus. It contains exposed ceilings, contemporary surfaces, appointed lighting and a sliding glass wall. These elements come together to create a sense of spaciousness and high energy, which are perfect for the academic environment.
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.
When the leadership of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church considered a move to its new 28-acre campus, they asked CDH to create a master plan that would include plenty of space for future growth and expansion. During the first phase, a 131,500 square foot traditional brick and stucco multi-purpose worship facility was constructed.
The 1285-seat worship center can be easily converted for banquet seating for 700. The facility serves an additional purpose as a full sport gymnasium. A welcome/resource center encourages casual interaction between members and serves as a place where visitors can pick up information about the church and upcoming activities.
Church leaders wanted a plan that provided adequate space for young families, who make up a large portion of the church’s demographics. This led to over 50,000 square feet of the space being designated to preschool, children, and youth.
Designers used a vibrant color palette for the youth area, which features as a 400-seat youth auditorium complete with video, audio and theatrical lighting capabilities, a game room, a 200-seat children’s drive–in theater, and The Solid Rock Café. Each area contains age appropriate themes.
Burnt Hickory Baptist Church
Powder Springs, Georgia
Our Lady of LaSalette began as a mission in 1969. By 1977 the church’s congregation had purchased land for the construction of a small parish. After it was fully established in April 1984, architects for CDH Partners created a master plan for the church that included the construction of a new parish.
This 300 plus member church had outgrown a facility that only seated 125 people. The master plan that was developed contained two phases. The first one called for the replacement of the original structure and the construction of a 400-seat sanctuary that includes sacristy and vestry rooms along with a spacious narthex.
The second phase included a new parish hall, additional parking and the conversion of the existing parish hall building to educational space. The church is located on a wooded site four miles north of Canton, Georgia. The parking area was expanded to serve the new building, the remaining parish hall, church offices, and the education building.
Large windows in the narthex open up the interior to the surrounding wooded scenery. The use of stone, glass, and wood in the original church building was continued and expanded in the design of the new structure to provide a sense of connectivity between the parish, its surroundings, and the memory of the origin church.