Editor’s note: The following article appears in the May 2016 issue of Religious Product News.
First Baptist Church of Jonesboro has enjoyed much success at its greater Atlanta-area campus. In 2001, the church began upgrading its facilities, starting by adding a Recreation Outreach Center, called The ROC, as a ministry for youth.
In 2010, the church took on a major renovation of its 57,500-square-foot worship center. The next step was to renovate and expand its existing three-story children’s building.
Church leadership called on CDH Partners from Marietta, Georgia, the architects they had used for its previous projects, to help streamline their plans.
During previous renovations, the church had moved its fellowship hall from the first floor of the 30,000-square-foot children’s building to its old gymnasium, which opened a large amount of space. The building also had a drive-under portion that architects posed closing to add even more space.
The renovated first floor would provide a secure entrance to the Children’s Center, as well as lead to the sanctuary. This floor would include classrooms and playrooms for toddlers and pre-K students. The second floor would have classrooms for younger elementary students. And the third floor would have classrooms for older elementary students. Please continue reading.
Editor’s note: This article recently appeared in the April/May 2016 of Worship Facilities and describes the importance of maintaining strong relationships during every phase of the planning process.
Last year, Worship Facilities conducted a survey of church leaders who’d completed a construction project within the prior three years. Here is an in-depth look at one crucial finding — the importance of consultant selection.
Last year, Worship Facilities conducted a survey of church leaders who’d completed a construction project within the prior three years. One of the points we learned from their responses was how important it is to select a consultant (architect, design build firm, etc.), who’ll be a great fit.
One respondent stated they would do “better research and vet a design-build firm and insist on 3D computer modeling to check for plan fit.”
Another participant recommended churches, “select designers with a passion for the project and that will listen to the church. The lowest fee is not saving money in this case.”
When you embark on a new building or extensive remodeling project, you’ll spend a lot of time with the architectural and/or building firms you hire. This is the team of experts you’ll rely on to turn your vision into reality.
Since this relationship needs to be collaborative, we interviewed architects who’ve worked with churches to hear their perspective. We wanted to hear their recommendations for selecting a vendor and establishing a great relationship between church leadership and architect.
Here’s what we learned:
Tip #1: Look for a firm with experience working with church leaders
One church leader who responded to our survey recommended “Be patient and don’t rush into any one firm until you’ve been able to evaluate several contractors and visit sites they’ve completed and talk with staff to verify how their project went.”
David Strickland, Principal with CDH Partners recommends church leaders, “Select a good, experienced team who has worked with churches. If an architect or builder isn’t familiar with churches, you’ll have to spend time educating them on requirements and logistics that are specific to a church. If they have experience working with churches, it’ll make the project run much smoother and will establish a high level of confidence between groups (builder, architect and church).”
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Work is well underway at the construction site for historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. This new location on Walnut Street is adjacent to Morris Brown College and about four blocks from the church’s original location.
CDH Partners Project Manager Carine Kroko and firm Principal David Strickland were on site for a meeting and site tour with the Van Winkle construction team.
The site will take shape quickly once the drainage is in. Plans call for this new campus to be completed in the spring of 2017.
CDH Partners is the architectural design firm for the new historical Friendship Baptist Church. This drone footage was recently shot as construction at the new campus ramps up. Plans call for construction be completed in April 2017 in time for the church to celebrate it 155th year 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.
WellStar Health System recently broke ground on its three-story outpatient facility in Vinings, GA, which is expected to cost an estimated $77 million and be completed by fall of 2017. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design company for the this new medical facility, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.Kem Mullins serves as executive vice president of WellStar’s ambulatory division and business development and said he was excited to see the project take shape.
“WellStar has really pioneered the health park idea in Georgia. There’s really nothing that compares to it,” Mullins said. “The health park we’ll build will build upon the history of WellStar.”
Joe Brywczynski is senior vice president of WellStar Health Park development and said the new facility is WellStar’s third health park behind Acworth and East Cobb, and will predominately serve residents in the south Cobb County area including Vinings, Smyrna, and northwest Fulton County.
“Residents in this area will no longer have to endure long drive times, congested traffic or traveling to multiple health facilities,” Brywczynski said. “We are very excited to get going with this project.”
Services ofered at the new health park include diagnostic testing, such as medical imaging, a cardiac lab and sleep studies. It will also be home to urgent care, physical therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, a pharmacy, community education, health screening and wellness services as well as a cafe. Future plance include an outpatient surgery center.
(Information taken for this article recently appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal.)
(Editor’s note: The following article appeared recently in the Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners is the architectural design firm for this new health park facility.)
VININGS — WellStar Health System plans to open a three-story $77 million outpatient facility in Vinings in the fall of 2017.
Construction on the 162,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway is expected to begin in early 2016.
It will be about two miles from Emory-Adventist Hospital, which closed around this time last year.
Joe Brywczynski, WellStar’s senior vice president of health parks development, said the health park being built on a 25-acre property will bring outpatient and physician services directly to the community.
“I think most people that know health care know that most of the growth over the last five years, and again projected into the next five years, has been on the outpatient side of health care,” Brywczynski said. “Technology, managed care — everything is kind of forcing things into a lower cost, more convenient setting.”
The company’s third health park in the county behind facilities in Acworth and east Cobb, WellStar Vinings Health Park is expected to offer an imaging center, urgent care, a sleep center, outpatient surgery, a bistro, physical therapy services, a community education and wellness center and more with a hotel-like design.
The first health park opened in Acworth three years ago, followed by east Cobb’s facility last year.
The Acworth health park has seen patient visits grow from 107,000 in its first year to 172,000 this year, while the east Cobb facility has grown from 128,000 patient visits in its first year with projections of 170,000 this year.
“There’s been tremendous growth and (community) acceptance at both facilities,” Brywczynski said.
Brywczynski said the area was chosen as the next health park location because of its high population density: The city has an estimated population of 51,270, according to U.S. Census numbers.
“We were hearing from consumers that they were having to take a day off work, or they were having to take kids out of school for a day, just traveling around for an x-ray, lab work, pharmacy or physician visit with travel, drive time and services spread throughout the entire community,” Brywczynski said. “So having services in one place, easy parking, in-and-out kind of services is a real advantage we think we have with the entire strategy.”
Mayor Max Bacon said he thinks the health park is a much-needed addition to the area.
“It’ll be great for our residents,” Bacon said. “If they have to use it, it’ll be there.”
Bacon said he liked that WellStar pledged to employ local people for the project.
“They’ve always been really good to give back to the community. They really have a commitment,” he said. “They don’t just come to take, they give.”
WellStar has also announced its plans for a facility in Cherokee County six months after the Vinings project is complete.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
CDH Partners was a leading sponsor for the 2014 Northwest Atlanta Heart Walk, which was held on October 25. This was the Walk’s 10th anniversary and CDH placed fifth out of 38 companies that supported the efforts of this years 5k walk. Proceeds are used for research for cardiovascular disease and to educate the community about the disease. This year’s event drew nearly 2,000 attendants and raised over $300,000.00. Leaders for the American Heart Association say support always begins with the local people who want to become involved with a potentially life-saving event. There was also a one mile survivor route included in this year’s event.
The National Catholic Partnership on Disability in partnership with Loyola Press recently announced that St. John Neumann Catholic Church is the 2014 winner of the Loyola Press Parish Award.
Judges noted that St. John Neumann Parish has gone above and beyond to make their sacred space accessible to everyone, who worships there. They also stated, “The sacred space maintains its beauty and purpose while being accessible to all and allow for person with physical disabilities to worship and to minister at the parish. “Being sensitive to the needs of others is not a separate space or program; it is an organic part of the church and its community.”
Executive Director of NCPD Janice Benton says, “The parish of St. John Neumann has truly spared no effort to make their church accessible to the last detail. They have done this in an effort to ensure this today, and also for the future. This means that priests and parishioners will have access and continue their ministry at the altar.”
CDH Partners created a master plan that made sure the physical features of the church embodied a spirit of inclusion. The plan called for the construction of new 850-seat sanctuary along with the addition of classrooms and storage space. There was a conscience effort by the design team to move those who stepped into the worship center from “secular to sacred.”
Natural finishes create a sense of warmth, worship, and welcome. Parish doors are equipped with pulls so those in wheelchairs can easily navigate through the building. The main entrances have automatic door openers. The reading desk in the ambo along with the altar has been adjusted in height. An 80 by 120-foot plaza connects the existing church building to the new sanctuary. A principle feature of this church is the life-size baptismal font located in the front of the narthex. The church’s main aisle is elongated and contains light fixtures that provide beams of warm light on either side of the nave and the narthex. The tile pattern of the floor is used to connect the nave to sanctuary.
CDH Partners, Inc., a Marietta based architectural firm, recently announced its merger with Roswell-based L2 Designs, Inc. The announcement came as a result of the two firms working together on several projects that involved major healthcare providers. This merger helps to broaden the scope, depth, and outreach for CDH in the area of healthcare design.
Former L2 Designs’ President Libby Laguta, who has over 29 years of experience in healthcare design, joins the CDH Partners team as one of the company’s principals. Her focus will be primary on design within the healthcare sector. She is one of only 126 individuals nation wide to achieve certification with the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.
Over the past 18 years, L2 Designs, Inc. has built a strong reputation for incorporating evidence-based design in healthcare environments. Former L2 Designs’ President Libby Laguta said, “After years of providing interior design services for my clients, I have always had the vision to furnish a total package of services, including architecture, engineering and interior design under one umbrella. Joining with CDH Partners provides a seamless opportunity for this to take place. I’m excited to be a part of the CDH team and to forge ahead in this atmosphere of camaraderie.”
CDH Partners’ President Bill Chegwidden said, “We are excited about this new opportunity. Libby will focus on expanding our design capabilities and our client base, especially within the healthcare industry.”
CDH Partners is consistently listed as one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. The Marietta based firm was founded in 1977 and offers architectural design, interior design, and engineering. Over the years, it has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive, client-centered architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
Editor’s note: Paulding Hospital was recently spotlighted in Healthcare Design Magazine. It is a CDH Partner’s design project. This new Paulding Hospital opened its doors in April 2014.
In 2009, WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., just outside Atlanta, was facing a dramatic growth in its local population, with an average 3.45 percent increase expected annually in Paulding County over the next five years. This reality pushed the need to consider replacing its existing 50-year-old, 32-bed hospital.
However, the decision came at a time when the organization was struggling financially, says Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. Because of its commitment to the community and the potential for growth, WellStar decided to move forward. “We had a great culture,” Haney says, “and had been achieving strong metrics [for patient satisfaction and safety] once we started focusing on how to do things differently.” They decided to put that same focus on the design of its new building.
Getting it right
Project visioning began in 2009 and included a guiding principle sharply focused on safety. However, the project was quickly put on hold to await the outcome of the Affordable Care Act and how the legislation might affect the direction of its capital spending. In the meantime, WellStar continued its research on a new building by participating in The Center for Health Design’s (CHD) Pebble Project initiative.
Through the Pebble Project, Haney and his team visited peer facilities and heard from others on what they’d done on their own projects. “If I’d just researched all of this, I wouldn’t have soaked in all the knowledge that I did at this level,” Haney says. “The educational value of visual research by visiting other sites was extremely valuable.” He also says the effort allowed the team to think more innovatively and incorporate approaches into the building design that may not have been considered before. Please continue reading (click here).