Chapel at St. John Neumann

CDH designed the chapel at St. John Neumann for perpetual adoration. The chapel has its own sacristy. Like the main church, this chapel was  designed to accommodate those, who are physically challenged. In fact, handicap access and ease of entry and usage drove the design decisions. It is used both for daily mass and exposition of the Eucharist and seats up to 100 people. It can be locked off from the rest of the church but still have access to a handicap toilet.

Natural finishes of rich wood and stone along with beautifully appointed stain glass create a sense of warmth, quiet worship, and welcome. Designers had the rare opportunity to use an existing exterior granite wall within the newly design space. This was done to create an illusion that the chapel was built first, which was actually built later. On the outside, the two worship facilities are connected by a striking and open 80 by 120-foot plaza, which serves as a method of easy access for those in wheel chairs and walkers. Internally, these two building are connected by a light-filled hallway leading from narthex to narthex. Congregants can move seamlessly from the chapel to the sanctuary fulfilling the church’s goal to provide worship spaces where everyone feels welcomed.

The church leadership asked the CDH team to create places designed in the chapel space for statuaries of Mary and Joseph. A large niche in the chapel narthex was created for a statue of Saint John Neumann. This niche is on axis with the corridor leading into the main narthex and is visible from there. Designers used the same design vocabulary from the main church, soffits and sconces but modified them to the scale of this smaller space.


St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Lilburn, Georgia

Columbarium at Our Lady of the Assumption

CDH designed Our Lady of the Assumption, which was dedicated in 2005.  That architectural design included a wall that would be a columbarium containing 108 units. At the time, columbariums on Parish grounds were not permitted by the Archbishop. When this rule changed, the parish moved forward to complete their original desire for a columbarium. The master plan was designed to include 400 units, which would cover the cost of construction. CDH completed drawings for permit and the construction was completed. The columbarium was dedicated last in the fall of 2015.

The original wall had three sections designed to hold 36 12x12x12 units. CDH designed four new walls, which added eight sections each of 36 units to bring the total unit count to 396.

Designers matched the brick and cast stone used on the church and original wall and extended the engraved brick pavers to the base of all of the walls. The height of the new walls was determined by the local jurisdiction at eight feet. Originally designed at ten feet to match the existing wall, architects altered the cast stone shape and brick coursing on the new walls to comply. Each unit will hold up to two regular sized burial urns so couples can be buried together in the same unit.

Heritage Oaks of Englewood

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.


Heritage Oaks of Englewood, LLC
Naples, Florida

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The Holbrook of Acworth

The Holbrook of Acworth is scheduled to open in Spring 2017. CDH was asked to create an independent residential facility where residents would feel at home in a safe environment. They also created a facility where seniors can thrive and stay active for much longer. The focus on this facility is on independent living, community engagement, and connectivity in a resort-like environment.

This 241,105 square foot independent living community contains 181 units and offers eight floor plans. The five-story, shingle style facility will feature a wellness center, indoor saltwater pool, spa, salon, movie theater, full-service restaurant, a contemporary bistro, secured underground parking, and outdoor amenities including a fireplace and a lawn-side cabana for year-round enjoyment.

The design for the Holbrook of Acworth is timeless. The architectural shingle style is characterized by a free-flowing, open plan that easily transitions between interior and exterior spaces. Open porches contribute to the general picturesque and craftsmen feel of the structure. The irregular elevation of the building conveys a feeling of openness and residential living. Natural stone and warm colors on the exterior create a sense of welcome, comfort, and a homelike atmosphere.

The Holbrook also offers the amenities of a luxury resort but with the comforts of home including 24-hour secured grounds, personalized concierge, a business center, three dining venues, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, formal gardens and pristine nature trails, hair salons, library, sundries shoppe, bistro, billiards and game room, and a hobby center.

Historical Friendship Baptist Church

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
Atlanta, GA

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Roopville Road Baptist Church

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.


Roopville Road Baptist Church
Roopville, Georgia

Square Footage:

54,000 square feet

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


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Kidz Kingdom at Gardendale First Baptist Church

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.


Gardendale First Baptist Church
Gardendale, AL


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WellStar Pediatric Center

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.


WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

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The Presbyterian Village

CDH Partners was asked to provide a plan for the Village Center which is on the Presbyterian Village Assisted Living Campus. This facility is a 18,317 square foot new multi-function facility consisting of a wellness center that includes fitness areas, medical administrative offices, and examination rooms.

The main level contains a spacious gathering area with comfortable seating and a fireplace. multi-purpose room, library, and an arts and crafts room. The facility also contains a cafe, convenience shop, game room, hair salon and administrative offices. The lower level consists of exercise and fitness rooms, locker rooms, and an indoor lap pool and whirlpool.


Presbyterian Village
Austell, Georgia

Trinity Lifestyle Management

CDH Partners is working with Trinity Lifestyles Management, a family owned leader in the senior living community, to design a series of assisted living and memory care communities in the Southeast. Due to the number of desired communities, CDH is developing a prototype based on Trinity’s extensive experience. The prototype contains both essential senior living features and luxury enhancements.

In addition to providing two separate neighborhoods for assisted living and memory care, the prototype is designed for future-proofing. Not only does it meet the requirements of assisted living codes and regulations, it can also be easily converted into skilled nursing should the need arise in the community. The prototype developed for Trinity Lifestye Management features studio, one and convertible two bedroom apartments. All units are ADA compliant and offer individual bathrooms and spacious storage for resident use.

Community features include outdoor gardens with water features, a family dining room, bistro, expansive wellness area, multi-purpose activity rooms, salon, theater, and intimate social life group spaces throughout the building. The memory care neighborhood includes a sunroom, outdoor garden with a water feature, and life skill stations that promote independence and activity. Overall, the entire community is designed in keeping with the Trinity philosophy to inspire the mind, body, and spirit.

CDH is proud of our continued, committed partnership with Trinity Lifestyle Management. Site selection is underway and further design development is ongoing.

Ross Memorial Health Care Center

Ross Memorial Health Care Center is a well-established family owned and operated long term skilled nursing and short term rehabilitation facility. The facility offers therapeutic services and activities that promote independence, wellness, and improved quality of life.

The CDH Partners renovation includes a two-story addition with a basement and also includes the renovation of existing portions of the building. The 24,000 sf addition contains a wellness center featuring the latest rehab equipment and support. It also contains staff meeting/training rooms, break room/multipurpose room, and office space in addition to resident rooms. The new resident rooms align with the industry shift from semi-private to private ADA accessible resident suites promoting independence and privacy. The design also includes additional resident common dining as well as living areas and patios used for gathering and respite.

Leaders of Ross Memorial strive to enhance resident dignity and quality of life. Future master plan concepts also include an assisted living facility which will provide a homelike environment adjacent to the existing skilled nursing facility. As a result, assisted living residents will be in convenient proximity to skilled nursing should residents need additional services.

The new wellness and physical therapy suite allows residents to remain physically active for a longer period. Additions and renovations offer upgraded finishes, state of the art lighting, a warm and inviting color palate, and improved wayfinding. A new lodge-like covered drop-off / entrance provides safety and convenience for residents, caregivers, and additional wellness center patrons.


Ross Memorial Care
Kennesaw, Georgia

Square Footage

23,954 New Construction
1,141 Renovation

First Baptist Jacksonville, Florida

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.


First Baptist Jacksonville, FL

Mount Paran – Bibleland

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. 


Tranquility Hospice Austell

WellStar’s Tranquility Hospice is a two-story, 26,000 square foot residential hospice facility providing private, semi-private and two-room suites. Tranquility was northwest Georgia’s first inpatient hospice facility, housing terminally ill patients in the last few months of their lives. The site includes parking, a walking track and gardens. Each of the different living units is designed to provide natural light for the residents.

CDH was asked to design a 20-unit facility that consists of 16 private rooms, two semiprivate rooms along with two suites containing two rooms. One private room is designed to accommodate patients with infectious diseases and another is designed for pediatric use. A day room accommodates approximately six-day care patients. Common spaces for use by patients and family members include a chapel, den/family room, an activity room, a family dining room, personal laundry, library and screened porches.

Tranquility also houses meeting rooms, which will be used for continuing education, volunteer training and bereavement groups for families. This wooded site also includes parking, gathering places for families, a walking trail, and gardens.



WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

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GSA Laboratory

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection chose CDH Partner to design this analytical laboratory and office complex near the Port of Savannah in coastal Georgia.

CDH provided full professional services that included architectural, engineering and interior design for the project. The 38,100 square foot one-story facility contains 12 state-of-the-art laboratories including level 100 and 1000 clean rooms, a garage/warehouse, five analyst team offices with breakout areas and a conference room. The project design team incorporated sustainable design strategies that led to the facility being awarded a LEED Silver Certification. The laboratory also received the Award of Excellence in the Low Rise category at the Georgia Chapter ACI awards.

The Customs and Border Protection Agency opened the 25 million dollar laboratory as a replacement for a much smaller facility. Customs officials use this location to analyze imported merchandise ranging from raw chemical products to finished manufactured goods, such as clothing and steel products, as well as controlled substances and contraband imported in violation of U.S. laws.


U.S. Custom and Border Protection

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LEED Silver Certification

Award of Excellence Low Rise Category
Georgia Chapter ACI

The Renaissance on Henderson

Situated in a transitional area between the downtown Marietta, Georgia, business district and a historical residential neighborhood, The Renaissance on Henderson is a totally renovated mid-rise apartment building for senior adults. The 1970 era public housing building underwent a total interior and exterior renovation. CDH designed a new building façade that is clad with new brick and stone masonry in combination with synthetic stucco. The interior also was renovated with all new finishes, millwork, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinetry and appliances.

Included in the new space are 150-one bedroom apartments and an apartment for the resident manager. These apartments were designed for the elderly with wide doorways, and wheelchair accessible kitchens and bathrooms. The facility meets the “usable” design standards of HUD Fair Housing Act Design Guidelines. Fourteen of the apartments are fully accessible ADA compliant. New amenity spaces for residents include recreation, leisure activities, and social gatherings. Facility amenities include  a media center, exercise room, hair salon, laundries, and a theatre. Residents also enjoy a porte-cochere, covered activity porch, and sidewalks that can be used for exercise.

From the beginning, the goal for this renovated structure was sustainbility, which means added and improved energy efficiency. The Renaissance was completely gutted, and redesigned and constructed to achieve an EarthCraft Muti-Family certification. Features include: new energy efficient windows, added wall and roof insulation, new energy efficient HVAC equipment, energy efficient lighting fixtures, enhanced security, life safety systems, and a new fire protection sprinkler system.

A Partnership of Marietta Housing Authority and Walton Communities

Square Footage
120,000 total
Renovated Construction – 110,000
New Construction – 10,000

Medical Plaza 400

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.


Northeast Georgia Health System
Gainesville, GA

Square Footage





April 2013


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