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.

Toccoa First Baptist Church

First Baptist Toccoa is a very active community church with a growing student population. Even though this church is located in a rural area in northeast Georgia, it is known for its progressive building program. Over the years, the church has expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation.

Two years ago, the church’s leadership team realized many of its young families were leaving the church in search of broader and more progressive form of worship. This is when they contacted CDH Partners and asked for assistance in retaining their current student population and expanding it to attract others from the surrounding communities.

Designers created a building that goes beyond meeting the needs of the church’s teens. While the focus of the new addition is primarily focused on students and teens, this new 14,500 square foot space accommodates a broad range of age groups and includes a contemporary multipurpose space that is used for worship, recreation, and church fellowships. The area is equipped with a state-of-the-art stage and elevated sound booth.

The facility was designed with community in mind and offers meeting and gathering spaces. The cafe with stained concrete floors serve as a perfect location for friends to meet and talk. An enclosed glass corridor serves as a welcoming transition from a traditional church environment to this newly design contemporary space.

Heritage Oaks of Englewood

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.

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 Corporate Office Building

The complete renovation of the 112,000 square foot WellStar Corporate Office Building encompasses multiple phases of construction. The project scope includes the renovation of the two-story lobby area with a reception desk. Window walls allow natural light to flow into a new executive boardroom that accommodates up to 40 people. This area has state-of-the-art telecommunication equipment, which includes drop down projection screens, smart boards, wireless communications, flat screen televisions, and a small kitchen with an espresso bar.

The three-story T-shaped building contains nine departments with individual conference rooms. Each one was renovated with a warm color palate and new technology. These areas also contain small kitchens and work areas that include copy and telecommunication equipment. The lower level contains a full service gourmet kitchen and cafe. A window wall in this area overlooks a mature landscaped patio with outdoor seating.

CDH facilitated the relocation of 300 employees to this location. The management of this move included the documentation and relocation of all existing furniture and the procurement of new furniture.

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

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.


Northeast Georgia Corporate Plaza: A Lean Design

The facility utilizes Lean construction design—an improvement technique that focuses on maximizing utilization of resources and minimizing waste. As a rapidly growing healthcare provider, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) realized the need to locate many system administrative support functions under one roof.NGHS uses this approach to increase the quality of patient care and employee satisfaction. This administrative site is centrally located and remotely supported multiple hospital and healthcare campuses.

CDH architects developed a plan for the interior and exterior renovation of the 109,000 square foot adaptive re-use project. What was once a vacant Sam’s Club, has been transformed into a vibrant office facility. A near-term projection of 480 employees from 20 departments will move into this open plan space. Designers worked with administrators and employees from every department to create a flexible, adaptable space that meets the system future work flow goals.

Departmental collaboration is a primary focus of the new design, which includes collaborative support spaces, multi-functional training and meeting rooms, a fitness center, and work café. This new office space also utilizes shared conference rooms and open collaborative spaces throughout the building.

A natural color palette and inviting finishes complements the standardized flexible systems furniture. As departments grow and expand, the plan will adapt to the changing needs. The lighting will utilize 58 existing skylights, daylight harvesting, and innovative lighting fixtures to create a comfortable and environmentally conscious design.

This highly collaborative and contemporary office setting focuses on employee comfort and satisfaction. Support nourishment stations and the opportunity to work in a variety of postures and groups will motivate employees to “love” their new office.


Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Gainesville, Georgia

Square Footage

Renovation: 112,994


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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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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

Canterbury Court

Canterbury Court, located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, holds the distinction of being the city’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). As a CCRC, the community offers the entire spectrum of senior housing options from independent living apartments, assisted living to skilled nursing. CDH Partners has participated in various renovations and additions at Canterbury Court since 2006.

CDH was responsible for the renovation of the Skilled Nursing area, which includes 15 skilled nursing semi-private and private resident rooms. These are adjacent to common shower rooms that contain spa quality finishes. Renovations also include upgraded finishes in hallways and common areas of seven resident floors. Individual apartments are being renovated on an ongoing basis. CDH Partners recently participated in visioning sessions for additional outdoor features and a new dedicated memory care department.

The facility’s current amenities include multiple dining venues, library / business center, chapel, meeting rooms, lounges, a woodworking shop/arts and crafts studio, beauty salon, billiard room, and movie theater. The wellness center includes an in-house clinic, exercise area, and an indoor heated swimming pool. The 10-acre campus for Canterbury Court includes natural habitats and walking trails.


Canterbury Court
Atlanta, Georgia