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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Dogwood Forest of Grayson

CDH Partners was asked by developers, Solomon Development Services, to design a senior living environment that is safe and highlights a community lifestyle while maintaining the comforts of home. This latest Trinity Life facility is a part of the Dogwood Forest Senior Living Communities. It will be completed in spring 2017.

The design of Dogwood Forest of Grayson is focused on resident engagement and connectivity in a resort-like environment. The 99-unit, 102,647 square foot, two-story, shingle style community features a wellness center, spa, salon, movie theater, full-service restaurant and bar, a contemporary bistro, and outdoor amenities, including a fireplace for year-round enjoyment.

Open porches and the irregular roofline contribute to the general picturesque or rustic effect. The irregular elevation of the building conveys a feeling of openness where natural materials were used on the exterior to create a sense of place in the surrounding community.

Dogwood Forest of Grayson caters to seniors ranging from those who are completely independent to those who need more care. There will be two separate and distinct neighborhoods within the community—one for 74 residents of traditional assisted living and an adjacent 25-resident memory care community dedicated to serving seniors with varying levels of dementia. When creating this facility, designers used a holistic approach to health and wellness, which included the addition of a variety of amenities—a fitness center, yoga-cardio room, flexible activity room, and treatment massage rooms.


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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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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.

The Church of the Apostles Master Plan

CDH did not take the obvious route with this mater plan by placing the worship center at the rear of this space-limited track of land. Instead, the sighting of the new sanctuary required an aggressive approach. The Master Plan called for the footprint of the sanctuary to be located in the front of the property. Today, The Church of the Apostles, with its Gothic-styled campus, is one of Atlanta’s most visible landmarks.

The sanctuary is a warm transitional space where slate floors, regal stained glass windows, traditional pews combine with open space, clean design, and light-reflecting colors for an intimate yet vibrant worship setting. Special design considerations were taken for the technical equipment used by the church’s audio/video production and broadcast ministries. An existing building was extensively renovated for classroom and multi-purpose use.  The last phase of the Master Plan will be a new chapel.

First Baptist Church Jacksonville Master Plan

The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, is located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The original 100-year-old worship center has served the church in several capacities throughout the years. The church continues to grow and now occupies nearly nine city blocks. CDH Partners was asked to assist the church with planning for the future by developing a master plan that included renovation of a number of existing spaces and also the construction of new classrooms, gathering spaces, and recreation areas.

The transformation of the church preserved the elegance of the original worship space for this mega-church while introducing state-of-the-arts technology that addresses the audio and visual needs of the church. The master plan also includes a design that is architecturally sensitivity to the character and integrity of this historic facility. 

The first space to undergo renovation was the main worship center. Because the expanse of the campus the church relocated six classrooms for senior adults to attend Sunday school and church in one building. Other programming needs required additional circulation space within the worship center and lobby. To create a more intimate space, seating capacity was reduced from 9000 to 7500 to and a larger platform was designed that lowered the stage and also allows for seasonal dramatic performances. Next was the second floor of the Preschool building. This level is a high traffic area with three pedestrian bridges that connect to the to administration, the children’s ministry building and the youth building.

Future phases includes renovation of the original worship center, which will serve as the chapel. Plans also call for the youth building to be renovated. The design will include the creation of theater spaces for the middle school and high school student ministries.


First Baptist Jacksonville, Florida
124 West Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202


Square Footage

Worship Center – 126,300
Youth – 64,300
Children – 108,160 and 10,900
Chapel – 13,900

Horizon Community Church Master Planning

After purchasing a 160-acre golf course alongside the Little Miami River in Cincinnati, Horizon Community Church leaders worked with CDH to create a master plan for a new church campus. A primary objective was to preserve the beauty of the natural site while positing the new campus buildings in an area that takes full advantage of the pristine landscape. The complex was designed with sustainability in mind and features a cluster of buildings that resembles a European village. Energy is conserved through high performance thermal envelope and a selection of sustainable materials.

The design team worked closely with church leaders to create many of the outdoor features that clearly define the campus. The first phase of the master plan includes a traditional French Country design and sets the foundation for future growth and expansion. The focal point of the church’s narthex is a grand fireplace with a large hearth that serves as a gathering place for members.

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

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April 2013


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First Baptist Church at The Villages

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.


First Baptist Church
The Villages, Florida

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Mount Paran Church of God — Master Plan

Mount Paran Church of God is a rapidly growing congregation with a progressive style of worship. The location of the church campus presented serious space limitations. It is situated on a corner lot with a major thoroughfare on one side and high-end houses on the other. Therefore, considerable time was given to meeting city zoning regulations and neighborhood covenants.

The first phase of the Master Plan called for construction of a parking deck and a 200-seat chapel with educational space and elevators. This new facility serves as a traditional space that is connected to the existing buildings. In the second phase a new 2,400- seat sanctuary was built near the front entry. Afterward the existing sanctuary and administration buildings were razed and replaced with the Great Hall for fellowship and the Children’s Building. The Children’s Ministry building houses the Power House and Bible Land theaters and educational space for students.


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Tranquility Hospice at Kennesaw Mountain

Tranquility Hospice offers the comforts of a residential atmosphere for its patients and their families. The hospice is located near a quiet community of upscale houses northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. It is also adjacent to Kennesaw Mountain. Architects left much of the heavily wooded area undisturbed to preserve a picturesque setting. Fireplaces, hardwood floors, natural stone, rich carpeting, along with warm tones representative of arts and craft detailing create an inviting homelike environment. A large portico at the entrance welcomes the arrival of patients in through the main lobby.

Private care is provided to 18 patients. Rooms are detailed with trey ceilings, generous millwork, and richly decorated rooms and furnishings. There is little evidence of the access to oxygen and other required systems. A large mounted painting above the patient bed covers these systems when not in use. French doors lead from the patient room to a private screened porch with large rockers. This is a place where patients and their families can meet, rest, and reflect. The facility also has a small chapel and a library.

A central elevator provides access to the lower level for offices, training, laundry, and food services. This level preserves the front entry for arriving patients, families and guests. Access to a discrete parking area on the lower level allows for the arrival for transportation when a patient has passed. In 2013, Tranquility Hospice received a General Contractor Merit Award from the Build Georgia, which is sponsored by the Association of General Contractors (AGC).


WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

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2012 Healthcare Design
September Design Showcase


Acworth Health Park

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.


WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

Square Footage

Phase 1 – 69,000


$25 Million


6 acres


Phase 1 – 20012
Phase 2 – 2014

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church

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
Atlanta, Georgia


Atlanta, Georgia

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2009 Brick in Architecture — Silver Award — Houses of Worship
2007 Georgia ASID Design Excellence Award

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

Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church

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.


Our Lady of LaSalette
Canton, Georgia

Square Footage:

Phase 1 – 10,000


$3 million

Completion Date:



Bricks in Architecture
Silver Award