Atlanta Jewish Academy

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.

Furniture Procurement for UGA Veterinary Medical Center

Libby Laguta, now a designer for CDH Partners, worked with the selection and procurement for the furnishings of the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Center. This facility has a different clientele than a standard hospital. The constituents are human and non-human. For the small animal facility, which includes mostly dogs and cats with wealth of other possibilities, the furnishings needed to pass the no-rust test from 8 inches down.

This meant that no chair was totally enclosed below that bench mark.  The metal on all furnishings legs had to be able to withstand the test of “accidents” with the non-human population. All upholstery is vinyl with some form of treatment to prohibit the growth of microbes. Arms of chairs are wide enough to become “cat-friendly” perches and there are wide seats to keep small animals close while waiting. There are arms rest that can function as “head rests” for the dogs that want their human’s lap time while they wait to see a veterinarian.

Since this is an educational facility, the “rounds rooms” furnishings enable the students to take a few minutes between cases and sit at a “sightline” table with wall-mounted monitors to discuss a difficult case or learn from a particularly interesting case. This provides an excellent tool to quickly facilitate a teachable moment.

The large animals are brought directly into stalls. So, the chairs and accommodations in the adjacent waiting area are strictly for humans. The “home on the range” feel is engrained in the large comfortable leather chairs with ottomans. It could be a long wait for the families, so the theme is a familiar environment from where they came.

The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital opened on March 25, 2015. This state-of-the-art facility allows the hospital to better meet its current patient care demands and the educational needs of the UGA College of Veterinary medicine. The facility provides a real hands-on experience for students studying large and small animals. The 300,000 square foot facility and campus houses a Veterinary Education Center, which includes a 160-seat auditorium and three classrooms. Expanded teaching and collaboration spaces also are located in the new Veterinary Medical Center.

The Center includes a new teaching hospital for small and large animals, a covered equine performance arena, a building dedicated to Field Services, Production Medicine and Theriogenology, and an education building for teaching and continuing education courses.


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.



WellStar Health System
Marietta, GA 30060

Square Footage:



23 acres


Fall 2014


Wellstar Health Parks from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

First Baptist Jonesboro – Children

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
Jonesboro, Georgia

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Women’s Center at Cobb Hospital

The women’s center at Cobb Hospital was a 55,000 square foot facility providing complete obstetrical, diagnostic, educational, and maternity services. After years of use, CDH Partners renovated this popular facility located in one of Metro Atlanta’s largest counties.

The newly renovated center was rename The Family Birth Place and includes a post-partum suite, which added 38 additional beds. Plans also called for the additional of a 20-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Two floors were added above the existing labor and delivery ward creating a 4-story tower, which has become a landmark structure for the hospital campus. Designers completed the renovation and construction without interrupting the service in the labor and delivery areas. They also successfully completed the renovation without increasing the footprint of the campus.

An additional elevator was added for staff and patient transport along with a connecting corridor integrates the patient tower with the Women’s Center. Designers chose a natural warm brick façade for the facility, which matches existing campus buildings.


WellStar Health Systems
Austell, Georgia

Square Footage:

55,000 – Existing
44,850 – Expansion

The Bridge Community Center

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

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The Bridge Community Center from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

Flat Rock Elementary

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.


Dekalb County Board of Education
Decatur, Georgia

Square Footage:



Southwest DeKalb High School

Designers for CDH Partners created a plan that included the renovation of this major high school located in the metro Atlanta area. It also called for the construction of a 67,000 square foot instructional addition that included a 640-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and offices.

The two-story facility was designed to create an iconic presence on the campus and within the community. Window walls at the entrance to the structure provide an abundance of natural light and passive solar gain.

This important addition presents a contemporary and dominant façade to the street. Its modern style includes tall folding doors at the rear of the building, which open to an outdoor grass terraced amphitheater. These large connecting doors allows indoor and outdoor activities to interact.


Dekalb County Board of Education

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Southwest Dekalb High School, DeKalb County, Georgia from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

Clarke Central High School

When addressing the master plan for Clarke Central High School, administrators for the school system asked the design team at CDH Partners to create a building that would not only foster excitement for the learning process but become a catalyst for sustained enrollment. This three-story addition to an already energetic campus provided much needed technology classroom and lab space.

Since its construction, the structure has become a nerve center for the campus. Classroom space provides areas where students gain practical experience while learning the basics for a vocational trade. Culinary students enjoy a state-of-the-art lab that includes a kitchen and a dining room where they prepare meals for special events.

Since this facility is adjacent to the athletic field a concession area was included in the design. A radio booth is located on the second level where students studying media related subjects broadcast live events. There are also classrooms for marketing, information technology, construction, consumer science, and more.

Exterior surfaces that include brick and precast stone combine to create a sense of stability and enduring presence. A glass curtain wall system located on the stair towers adds definition and allows daylight to filter into the facility. At night, these become landmarks for the school’s campus.


Clarke County Board of Education
Athens, Georgia

Square Footage:



$23.5 million


January 2010

Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

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
Birmingham, Alabama

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Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders
Merit Award

The Bricks at Perimeter Church

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.


Perimeter Church
Duluth, Georgia

Square Footage


First Baptist Church – Canton, GA

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
Canton, Georgia


New 74 acre site
5 Phase Plan
Phase 1 – 77,200 sq. ft.

Site Development:

74 acres

Mount Paran Children’s Ministry

Power House is part of the children’s ministry (grades 1-5) of Mt. Paran Church. This space includes a large game room to serve as a gathering space and the Power House theater. The active themed environment is animated with fully integrated lighting and audiovisual capabilities. It includes a stage and auditorium and five large classrooms that serve as a breakout space for children to be taught in grade level Bible studies.


Mount Paran Church of God
Atlanta, Georgia

Square Footage:

5,500 – PowerHouse
11,800 – Bibleland


WFX 2008 Solomon Award Winner of
Most Innovative Church Facility

Hope Church

As the leadership team of Hope Church met with the interior designers one thing became clear: the new children’s area needed to reflect the church’s strong vision and energy for missions. Designers took their cues from this meeting and specifically created a themed space to instill excitement and involvement with various cultures and ministries around the world.

This area was created to reflect everyday life in a foreign culture. Interior elements include recognizable features such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a familiar red telephone booth from Great Britain, and the Roman Coliseum in Italy.

Design elements are colorful, vibrant, and incorporate the use 3-D features that capture the youth’s attention. Recognizable wall murals, patterned carpet, and solid finishes were strategically placed to help children and their parents access classroom and activity areas via clearly marked pathways.


Hope Church
Springfield, Illinois

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Gardendale’s First Baptist Church

When creating the master plan for Gardendale Baptist Church, architects faced a challenge concerning where to position this sanctuary. They chose to place it atop a small ridgeline for maximum visibility. The church is positioned on 95 acres and has three levels—one is recessed into a hill. Parking is distributed on three sides of the sanctuary. A series of glass atriums at the front of the worship center provide light and a sense of spaciousness. These areas mark the main points of entry to the facility.

Exterior finishes include stone, brick, and glass and were chosen to blend with the landscape while interior surfaces complement and support the sense of being in a natural environment. Blues and earth tones add a touch of warmth to the structure. A café, bookstore, and educational space designed for youth, college, and singles are strategically placed near the sanctuary and create intimate yet spacious settings.

Phase two of the master plan joined the campus to a 2,800-seat worship center and provided educational space for senior adults, elementary, preschool, and nursery groups. Phase three involved the addition of support and educational space while phase four included the construction of a 4,500-seat worship center. Phase five is marked by the construction of a family activities building. Please see the video below.


Gardendale’s First Baptist Church
Gardendale, Alabama

Site development plan

95 acres

Square Footage



$24 million




Gardendale First Baptist Church, AL Master Plan from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

Johns Creek Baptist Church

Following the purchase of 23-acres in a popular suburb north of Atlanta, Georgia, leaders for Johns Creek Baptist Church turned to CDH Partners for a master plan that included the renovation of their existing facilities and the relocation of their worship center. The construction of a 500-seat interim sanctuary and educational facility was also included in the plan.

Church leaders placed a high emphasis on congregational involvement and fellowship within the community. Therefore, phases two and three of the master plan included the construction of additional educational space, gathering places, a choir room, and a spacious 1,000-seat-multipurpose fellowship hall, which easily transforms into a gym for recreation.

The final stage of the master plan included the construction of a 2,100-seat worship center. Traditional design features include a brick exterior combined with cast stone elements. A large three-story tower increases the visibility of the church campus and allows outside light to flow into the church’s atrium. Interior design elements included the use of painted millwork, wood, and a rich color platelet enhancing the worship experience.

The sanctuary is equipped with a hidden rear screen projection system that includes blackout shades for the large windows. State-of-the-art lighting, speakers, and audio controls are concealed within the ceiling bulkheads. A pipe organ designed from solid cherry by Italian artisans fills the space with magnificent sound.


John’s Creek Baptist Church
Alpharetta, Georgia

Site Development:

23 acres

Square Footage:

27,000 – Phase 1
34,700 – Phase 2
77,500 – Phase 3
61,400 – Phase 4


1998 – Phase 1
2000 – Phase 2
2000 – Phase 3
2006 – Phase 4

KidsTown at Perimeter Church

The architects and interior designers at CDH Partners are responsible for bringing Perimeter Church’s vision of “KidsTown” to life. It developed as a result of the church’s desire to expand their campus and address their growing children’s ministry needs. The design concept of this new space gives the sense of stepping back in time on a city street with traditional storefronts, town homes, cast lantern light poles.

This unique children’s area has propelled great enthusiasm within the congregation. Opposite the town home façade is a movie theater ticket counter that is the entry into the kids worship space. The children’s theater is a series of carpeted stadium style seating steps for up to 400 children. The exposed ceiling structure is black with pipes, ductwork, catwalk and carpet accented in a collage of colors that are activated by black lights. The asymmetrical stage is equipped with a large rear screen projector to allow for multiple points of focus. These new facilities provide a safe, high energy environment that promotes fellowship, fun, and spiritual growth opportunities.


Perimeter Church
Duluth, Georgia

Square Footage:


Free Chapel Children’s Center

When considering elements to include in a master plan, church leaders expressed a desire to provide worship and educational space for the children first. Therefore, CDH designers created a plan for a children’s center that included 62,000 square feet dedicated solely to children’s ministry.

Architects were asked to design an area that specifically addressed a variety of programing needs. Welcome areas are theme-based with sunbursts and moon shaped lighting fixtures. Cloud shape ceiling panels appear to float throughout the area creating a whimsical and bright atmosphere.

Phase one of the master plan for this church included educational space, preschool facilities, a theater, game room, puppet room, and fellowship hall equipped with theatrical lighting, and audio and video controls. Despite being located on the lower level of the facility, the children’s area is easy to access and contains large windows that provide plenty of daylight exposure. A secure fenced playground is located at the rear of the campus.


Free Chapel Worship Center
Gainesville, Georgia

Square Footage:



First Place for 2005 Private Sector in the Southeast Chapter of (DBIA)
Design Build Institute of America