Libby Laguta (CHID, EDAC) was recently named to the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board. She is an interior design with over 30 years of healthcare sector experience. This includes working with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. This also includes working with organizations to implement long-range master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, Libby uses her strong knowledge of materials and best practices to create healthcare spaces that promote wellness, enhance the patient experience, and enable excellent healthcare outcomes. She focuses on building long term relationships with her clients, which includes some of the Southeast’s largest healthcare providers.
She is a published author in interior design trade magazines and has written several articles for Atlanta Hospital News. She is also a nationally qualified interior designer and has completed projects in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States.
Minh Duong and Christian Fraser share their personal experiences with students.
Members of the CDH architectural studio Minh Duong and Christian Fraser recently attended Career Connections Exhibition for high school students. The event features dozens of metro Atlanta employers representing fields of study that are currently offered at Gwinnett County’s seven Academy high Schools.
The Career Connection is a place where students can meet and talk with employees from a broad range of Atlanta companies and firms.
Each year, this event exposes students to potential careers helping them to make an informative choice when entering a higher grade in one of Gwinnett County’s Academy high schools. Students networked and interviewed professionals in different career clusters.
The theme for these events is “Help to make a good student great,” says CDH principal Melissa Cantrell, “That is what we want to do by talking with as many students as possible and telling them about CDH and how they can impact their world in a very significant and positive way through the fields of engineering, architecture, and interior design. Most students are very interested to learn about the work we do and how they could possibly study to become a part of a team like ours and then to go on and influence their world for something good.”
Learning by Design Magazine recently recognized Southwest DeKalb as an 2015 Outstanding Project. “Learning by Design is a celebration of quality architecture, design, planning, and the execution of creating environments for learning. Biannually, we recognize school districts, universities, and colleges, and their architectural firms for going beyond the standard and achieving excellence. Judged by an esteem group of peers, both new and renovated building projects are examined. . . . Award winners are recognized by achievement in four categories: Grand Prise, Citation of Excellence, Honorable Mention, and Outstanding Achievement.”
DeKalb School Board officials asked CDH Partners, Inc., to design a 67,000-sq.ft. instructional addition that includes a 650-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art offices and classrooms, laboratories and new band and orchestra facilities. Plans also included the renovation of existing classrooms, outside gathering areas and student health center. The performing arts center is a stunning facility that contains a large stage with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems.
To continue reading about this project, please click here.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony for Friendship Baptist Church was held on Sunday, October 18, at 4 pm. CDH is the architect for this historical church. Friendship Baptist Church was established in 1862 and independently organized in 1866, in the days following the Civil War. Friendship is Atlanta’s first black Baptist autonomous congregation. The church began in a discarded railroad boxcar that was donated by a Cincinnati, Ohio, church. The boxcar served as a worship space on Sundays. By 1865, it was used for early classes at the burgeoning Atlanta University.
The membership grew rapidly so the congregation moved to a larger building on the corner of Haynes and Markham Streets and later to the Mitchell Street location.
Friendship’s role in black education has been unique and very important. In 1879, after Morehouse College moved to Atlanta from Augusta, classes were held at Friendship Baptist Church. Years later in 1881, Spelman College had its beginning in the basement of the Mitchell Street site. Close ties between these educational institutions and Friendship Baptist Church continue today. —Taken from the Ground Breaking program produced by Friendship Baptist Church
The new building should be completed in spring 2017.
CDH President Bill Chegwidden shares his personal story about Tranquility Hospice. The facility offers the comforts of a residential atmosphere for patients and their families. It’s adjacent to Kennesaw Mountain, and architects and designers left much of the heavily wooded area undisturbed to preserve a picturesque setting.
CDH Principal and Director of the Worship Studio David Strickland was recently interviewed for an article published in the 2015 September/October issue of Worship Facilities Magazine. In the article, he talks about one of CDH’s latest projects, Roopville First Baptist Church located in Carrolton, Georgia.
The church, which was founded in 1978, is located in a small rural community. For many years, it enjoyed success in a modest 40 by 90 foot two-story red brick building. Then the community surrounding the church began to grow fast and church leaders knew they had to act quickly or risk seeing a reduction in attendance and worship involvement.
You can read the outcome of the Roopville First Baptist project by clicking here and viewing the full on-line magazine. (Please turn to pages 34-36.) Or click here to read the shorter web version of this article.
Recently, design leaders from across the country met in New Orleans for the annual Vision Awards. Heather Lombard and Rhea Jeanne Starnes were there to accept the 2015 Healthcare award for CDH Partners. The winning project was the WellStar Pediatric Center.
The goal for the overall design was to create a safe, ambient healthcare environment that reduces stress and improves patient outcomes by helping Children and their families feel relaxed and comfortable. The Center’s flooring design guides patients and their families easily through the facility. The highlight of the interior is the use of positive distractions that can make an otherwise negative experience one that children enjoy.
After viewing CDH’s entry, one juror said, “[The design] speaks of confidence and imagination. You walk into this environment under a rainbow. It’s almost like going to Disney World!”
Each year the Vision Awards attracts an impressive array of design entries from around the country. For the sixth consecutive year the projects exemplified the height of design innovation and excellence while utilizing flooring in unique and beautiful ways.
Marietta, GA — CDH Partners was recently recognized as a 2015 Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program. Development Director for the American Hear Association Meghan Azhar presented CDH with a plaque recognizing the firm’s efforts.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life,” said Bill. “Physical activity and employee wellness are top priorities for us. We encourage all of our employees to get involved with healthy living on many different levels.”
Fit-Friendly Worksites are catalysts for positive change. Companies that support The American Heart in this way make the health of their employees a priority.
CDH was recognized for several reasons:
Offering employees physical activity support.
Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.
Promoting a wellness culture.
Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
CDH is also a sponsor of the annual 2015 Northwest Georgia Heart Walk. This year’s Walk is being held on October 24 and will begin on the Marietta Square.
After a year of planning and several months of renovations by CDH Partners, the pediatric unit at WellStar Kennestone opened on July 9. Designers created a state-of-the-art, 12-bed 4,700 sq.ft. pediatric friendly space that offers world class pediatric services. Special consideration was given to families and caregivers. Featured in the photo above is the family lounge where parents are able to take time out to rest and regroup. The lounge offers drinks, coffee, comfortable seating, computer areas for checking emails and a playroom.
Artwork done by local students is displayed in the family lounge. “Children are our future. Now they can get the care they need close to home without added stress or inconvenience,” said Candice Saunders, WellStar president & CEO. The project was the vision of WellStar Pediatric Strategic Planning Team in response to a strategic evaluation that included pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult physician partners, administrative leaders and the local and broader community.
The unit is staffed exclusively by pediatric-trained caregivers, from a team of pediatric hospitalists, who remain on duty 24/7. The brightly colored interior design is safe, warm, and welcoming.
There’s a central monitoring system in each exam room, enhanced security, ultraviolet filters for infection control, no sharp-edged countertops, and all pediatric-specific equipment. “These features, combined with a trusted provider like WellStar and caregivers who are specially trained in pediatric care, work together to give parents peace of mind at a stressful time,” said Varma Rameswar, assistant vice president, Pediatric Operations, who helped lead the renovation of the space located in the Purple Tower, 5th Floor space. “The (CDH) design team worked closely with the pediatric providers, nursing team and ‘TEAM PEDS’ to make the space as child-friendly as possible,” said Rameswar.
Each year, WellStar Pediatric Services treats more than 350,000 children in our hospital emergency departments (EDs), pediatric offices, Pediatric Center, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), specialty offices, and for minor surgery, such as ear, nose and throat and orthopedic procedures. Dr. Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatric officer, WellStar Health System and a member of the WellStar Board of Trustees noted that the project was “truly team effort. We took great effort to ensure that we were getting the ‘best of the best’ in pediatric care to serve on this unit.”
(Editor’s note: Some of the information used in this article was taken from a recent press release distributed by WellStare Health Services.
A few years ago, CDH Partners worked with Living Water for Girls program founder Lisa William to renovate one of her homes for at risk girls. Contact with Lisa and her organization lead the CDH team to become strong long time supporters of her work with girls, who have been rescued off the streets and out of situations that evolved from human trafficking.
Lisa was recently interviewed by an CNN anchor and we would like to share the video with you. Please click here to view it.
A CNN Special Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking, airs tonight (Tuesday, July 21st), at 9pm EST & PST. Lisa writes, “It is an hour-long special report, produced by CNN that takes an intimate look at the human trafficking industry in the United States through the stories of children caught in the web and those fighting back against this form of modern-day slavery. Several of the courageous girls featured in the CNN Special Report Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking are recent graduates of the Circle of Friends: Living Water for Girls program.”
Houston Medical Pavilion, which was designed by CDH Partners, recently won First Place for Construction Excellence in the 2015 Associated Gentral Contractors (AGC) Build Georgia Awards. Parrish Construction Group, Inc., actually received the award but the facility is a CDH designed facility.
On Thursday, June 25, Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP and principal for CDH Partners Inc., was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers. She begins serving immediately on this board for the state of Georgia.
Cantrell joined CDH as an honor graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture. She specializes in Education Design and has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of Georgia students. But her service to the community goes beyond the local school system. She has served as an officer for the Woodstock Rotary Club and is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators, and the United States Green Building Council. She and her husband, Harold, have two children. They reside in Jasper.
It is the beginning of a new chapter of the life of historical Friendship Baptist Church, and CDH Partners will join in on the next part of the story. The Marietta firm was selected as the design firm for the project, which includes the construction of a new sanctuary, chapel, educational space, and fellowship hall. Over the last few weeks demolition began on the what will become the new site for the church.
The church’s building committee recently unveiled plans for the new church campus that will be located on property once owned by Interdenominational Theological Center. Plans call for the new church to be completed in April 2017, which is the church’s 155th anniversary. The new 44,000 square foot church will contain state-of-the-art technology, and a sanctuary that will seat 500 people. The flexible Fellowship Hall will contain a stage and room for over 450 people, while a smaller chapel will seat 200.
Friendship Baptist was displaced when the Atlanta Falcons began to acquire property for a new stadium. Twenty-five former slaves established the church in 1862. It was independently organized in 1866 and became the first African American Baptist church in Atlanta. In the beginning, church services were held in a donated railroad boxcar given to Friendship Baptist by a church in Ohio. It was used for church services on Sunday and as a classroom for youth during the week
The church’s congregation grew quickly and moved to the corner of Haynes and Markham Streets. It relocated to Northside Drive and later to Mitchell Street before selling its property in 2014 to the Atlanta Falcons. Both Spelman and Morehouse Colleges began in the basement of this church. These schools became a part of the larger 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.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977 and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state of Georgia and the southeast.
Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP principal for CDH Partners Inc., was recently named to the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers by Governor Nathan Deal. She is an executive board member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, a board member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and is 2014 graduate of Leadership Cobb.
Cantrell joined CDH as an honor graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Architecture. She specializes in Education Design and holds strong convictions about the influence of the built environment on the education of our children. CDH President and CEO Bill Chegwidden states, “Melissa has the innate ability to listen to a clients’ needs and to provide inspirational designs that enhance the educator’s and student’s experience.”
Cantrell’s guidance to schools systems and stakeholders in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Pickens, and Clarke County Schools has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of metro-Atlanta students. Her service to the community goes beyond the local school system. She has served as an officer for the Woodstock Rotary Club and is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Council of Educational Facility Planners, Georgia Association of School Facility Administrators, and the United States Green Building Council. In the past, she participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute for the Class of 2012. She and her husband, Harold, have two children. They reside in Jasper.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977 and over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
Editor’s Note: Erin West and Joshua Crews, members of the CDH Architectural Studio, recently presented their research along with Georgia Tech Senior Research Faculty member Jennifer DeBose during the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference (EFA). Below is an article published about their presentation.
The smell of a waffle cone wafting through the air would probably make you want a waffle cone, right? If you don’t get it, are you disappointed or frustrated?
“That’s how residents with dementia may feel if their senses were engaged to one thing, but then it didn’t happen,” said researcher Jennifer DuBose at the Environments for Aging Conference on Sunday in Baltimore, MD.
DuBose, associate director of SimTigrate Design Lab presented alongside architects Joshua Crews and Erin West from CDH Partners in a session titled “Senses and the Environment: Reaching Beyond the Dementia to Engage the Person.”
Crews and West work with DuBose to find and read as many articles about dementia and designing for dementia residents as possible. They’ve found that the senses play a huge role in how an environment should be created and use this information in designing future CDH Partners projects.
Right now there are 5.2 million people living with dementia, West said. Two-thirds of them are women. By 2050, there will be 13.8 million people living with the disease and the majority will be over 85. We’re needing to figure out solutions and trends to accommodate this population. Please click here to continue reading.
You can also view last year’s video on the research done by CDH and Georgia Tech on Aging.
(Editor’s Note: CDH Partners is the Healthcare Winner for the 2015 Vision Design Awards.)
Chattanooga, TN, April 8, 2015 — Floor Focus Magazine is honored to announce the winners of the sixth annual Vision Design Awards. The competition was created to recognize design firms in a competition that judges the creative integration of flooring and architecture, and this year’s winners offer stellar examples of how flooring plays a key role in great design.
Architects and designers entered recent projects in five commercial building categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality. This year’s winners are:
Grand Prize and Hospitality Winner
Project: The New York Palace – a hotel in New York City
Design Firm: Champalimaud in New York, NY
Project: Follett Headquarters in Westchester, IL
Design Firm: CannonDesign in Chicago, IL
Project: BZAEDS Innovation Lab in Chicago, IL
Design Firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects/Wonder by Design in Chicago, IL
Healthcare Winner Project: WellStar Pediatric Center in Kennesaw, GA Design Firm: CDH Partners in Marietta, GA
Project: Denver Broncos Team Store in Dove Valley, CO
Design Firm: Sink Combs Dethlefs in Denver, CO
Education Honorable Mention
Project: College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center
Design Firm: Edge Design
Hospitality Honorable Mention
Project: Miami International Airport Hotel
Design Firm: Heery International and Miami Dade County Aviation Department
Healthcare Honorable Mention
Project: The Baystate Children’s Specialty Center
Design Firm: Steffian Bradley Architects
Retail Honorable Mention
Project: The Market Place Community Center
Design Firm: Robinson Hill Architecture
The contest is sponsored by Bentley Mills, Tandus-Centiva, Crossville Tile, Johnsonite and Floor Focus Magazine. All product and firm names are stripped from the entries prior to judging so that judging is free of preference and prejudice. Floor Focus applauds these sponsors in their support of the concept of blind judging, ensuring that the contest awards and celebrates design for design’s sake.
Today CDH employees took to the road in support of the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. The association encouraged people across the country to take 30 minutes out of the day and go for a walk.
CDH Heart Walk Team Captain Erin West said, “We’re excited that National Walking Day kicks off our 2015 Heart Walk participation and an active spring.”
The representatives for AHA said walkers can see how easy it can be to add physical activity to a daily routine. The big plus is that walking is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. And statistics show that more people are turning to walking than any other form of physical activity.
The downside is that adults are also spending more time at work than ever before. An unfortunate side effect of that, as a nation, is that we’re becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!
On this day, CDH employees were encouraged to wear sneakers to work and to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your coworkers a friendly push toward a healthier life.
Editor’s note: The following article was published in EFA (Environments for Aging). In it CDH Principal Paul Stegenga and other CDH team members talk about future technology and how it will be used by residents and staff in Senior Living environments.
It wasn’t too long ago that senior living projects included business offices or computer labs with one computer, or libraries with volumes of books for residents to spend time sitting and reading, recalls Paul Stegenga, principal, CDH Partners, Inc. (Marietta, Ga.).
Fast-forward to 2015 and seniors are looking for cyber cafes, bistros, and community-wide Wi-Fi where they can stay ever-connected to their iPads, laptops, and smart phones.
Others residents might be less tech-savvy but are still looking for the ability to video chat with family members or talk to their doctors via email or virtual appointments. There’s also the care side of the spectrum, where the emergence of electronic medical records (EMRs) and other medical technology is changing the way staff and doctors do their jobs. To continue reading this article, please click here.