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Innovative Fragrance Research & Development Facility Designed by CDH Partners Opens in Marietta

CDH Partners, an Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm, announced the opening of a recently completed research and development lab. The facility was designed for Arylessence, a fragrance and flavor company, in order to increase its capacity to service personal care, home fragrance, industrial and institutional, household, and automotive industries around the world. This project marks one of the largest laboratory developments in CDH’s portfolio. Additionally, Arylessence has experienced nine straight months of significant growth since development plans were announced.

Founded in 1977, CDH partners specialize in architectural and interior design for a variety of market sectors. The company leveraged their experience in designing research and laboratory facilities to help Arylessence support and manage its testing labs, monitor trends, and enhance inspiration for their highly creative work. The firm created a new two-story, 35,000 square foot facility, which is triple the size of Arylessence’s creative center. This building on their campus includes custom office spaces, themed conference rooms, a GC/analytical lab, a technology and innovation lab, applications lab, fragrance R&D lab, sensory evaluation booths, laundry fabric care test center, and an evaluation consumer/professional panel center.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this step forward for Arylessence,” said CDH principal and lead architect Melissa Cantrell. “I am glad that our designers were able to further demonstrate their creative abilities in a technological R&D environment and that visitors will be able to step into a space that is as unique as it is functional.”

After over 40 years in business, Arylessence required more space than their existing research and development center could provide. This new building allows the corporation to increase their capacity for innovation and evaluation, as well as providing a modern, contemporary venue to present to clients and showcase their work. CDH Partners designed the new lab with high-tech, efficient, and sustainable elements to meet these goals.

“With our dynamic growth, we needed to enhance our facilities and expand our capacity,” said Arylessence’s executive vice president Cynthia Reichard. “We wanted our new facilities to meet the growing priorities of the work we perform for our clients and to reflect our commitment to excellence, creativity, and innovation. Our team worked collaboratively to envision a cutting-edge facility and CDH brought their dreams to life.”

The new space required intensely controlled environments in order for Arylessence’s perfumers to make objective and strategic olfactory assessments. In addition, their stability research often involves testing a fragrance’s substantivity, color, and its reaction to UV exposure and extreme temperatures, among other factors. To create a sterile, clean room environment, CDH integrated sealed glass doors, non-absorbent finishes, and extensive humidity control. Air scrubbers purify the outside air for distribution throughout the building and integrated exhaust systems can immediately express it out again with the push of a button. CDH also provided their staff with an outdoor terrace to rejuvenate and recondition their olfactory palates.

In order to tell the Arylessence story through design, CDH also incorporated features that would reflect the artistic side of the company’s craft. The facility was built using natural, local materials, such as the exterior brick and interior marble. In the lobby, CDH used smart electrochromic glass in lieu of sun shades for energy efficiency, cost savings, and privacy. The outside garden has several scent sources from nature, including lavender, rose, eucalyptus and mint. Finally, expressing the artistic inspiration in fragrance development, the firm added an art gallery featuring Georgia artisan’s work, as well as an employee artwork installation.

CDH Partners utilizes a collaborative design process for each of their projects. Cantrell and Reichard’s internal team met often, along with vice president of operations Bret Tanner, in order to understand the company’s goals for the new facility and develop the creative solutions to meet them. When the Arylessence team wanted to understand more about the design plans, CDH even created full-size cardboard models of workstations so that they could see how their space would look and feel.

“CDH Partners was so different from the other firms we met with,” said Tanner. “We kept being told ‘this is what you need to do.’ CDH never did that. They took the time to inquire and deeply understand our personal processes as well as our technical needs. We really appreciated this approach, and the result is a beautiful facility that has everything we envisioned and more.”

About Arylessence

We are a leading creatively driven U.S.-based fragrance and flavor company. Our mission is to understand our client’s brands (and the people who use them) to create opportunities with winning fragrances and flavors to help those brands achieve success. We work in close partnership with our clients to develop inspired fragrances and flavors that turn products into brands and consumers into passionate, loyal fans.

Foundations! First Baptist Church of Jonesboro


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.

Corner of Balcony w Graphics

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.

Why the Church and Consultant Relationship is Key to a Successful Facility

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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Getting Ready to Lay the Foundation at Friendship!


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.

Construction at Historic Friendship Baptist Ramps Up!

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.

Vinings Health Park Underway

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.)