On Thursday, June 25, Melissa Cantrell, AIA LEED AP and principal for CDH Partners Inc., was sworn in by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Board of Architects and Interior Designers. She begins serving immediately on this board for the state of Georgia.
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 has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of Georgia students. But 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. She and her husband, Harold, have two children. They reside in Jasper.
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.
(Editor’s Note: CDH Partners is the Healthcare Winner for the 2015 Vision Design Awards.)
Chattanooga, TN, April 8, 2015 — Floor Focus Magazine is honored to announce the winners of the sixth annual Vision Design Awards. The competition was created to recognize design firms in a competition that judges the creative integration of flooring and architecture, and this year’s winners offer stellar examples of how flooring plays a key role in great design.
Architects and designers entered recent projects in five commercial building categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality. This year’s winners are:
Grand Prize and Hospitality Winner
Project: The New York Palace – a hotel in New York City
Design Firm: Champalimaud in New York, NY
Project: Follett Headquarters in Westchester, IL
Design Firm: CannonDesign in Chicago, IL
Project: BZAEDS Innovation Lab in Chicago, IL
Design Firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects/Wonder by Design in Chicago, IL
Healthcare Winner Project: WellStar Pediatric Center in Kennesaw, GA Design Firm: CDH Partners in Marietta, GA
Project: Denver Broncos Team Store in Dove Valley, CO
Design Firm: Sink Combs Dethlefs in Denver, CO
Education Honorable Mention
Project: College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center
Design Firm: Edge Design
Hospitality Honorable Mention
Project: Miami International Airport Hotel
Design Firm: Heery International and Miami Dade County Aviation Department
Healthcare Honorable Mention
Project: The Baystate Children’s Specialty Center
Design Firm: Steffian Bradley Architects
Retail Honorable Mention
Project: The Market Place Community Center
Design Firm: Robinson Hill Architecture
The contest is sponsored by Bentley Mills, Tandus-Centiva, Crossville Tile, Johnsonite and Floor Focus Magazine. All product and firm names are stripped from the entries prior to judging so that judging is free of preference and prejudice. Floor Focus applauds these sponsors in their support of the concept of blind judging, ensuring that the contest awards and celebrates design for design’s sake.
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.
Editor’s note: The following article was published in EFA (Environments for Aging). In it CDH Principal Paul Stegenga and other CDH team members talk about future technology and how it will be used by residents and staff in Senior Living environments.
It wasn’t too long ago that senior living projects included business offices or computer labs with one computer, or libraries with volumes of books for residents to spend time sitting and reading, recalls Paul Stegenga, principal, CDH Partners, Inc. (Marietta, Ga.).
Fast-forward to 2015 and seniors are looking for cyber cafes, bistros, and community-wide Wi-Fi where they can stay ever-connected to their iPads, laptops, and smart phones.
Others residents might be less tech-savvy but are still looking for the ability to video chat with family members or talk to their doctors via email or virtual appointments. There’s also the care side of the spectrum, where the emergence of electronic medical records (EMRs) and other medical technology is changing the way staff and doctors do their jobs. To continue reading this article, please click here.
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 WellStar Pediatric Center means so much to the Cobb County, Georgia, community. This brightly lit facility contains state-of-the-art technology that was designed especially for children and students from birth to 21. CDH Partners designed it to be a relaxing environment that increases positive patient experiences while yielding better healthcare outcomes.
Interactive displays, electronic tablet stations, age appropriate seating, flat screen monitors, and window glazing make this center a place that children enjoy visiting. It also contains Urgent Care, MRI, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy. View the video here.
Melissa Cantrell (AIA, LEED AP), principal for CDH Partners, was recently named to the Cobb County Chamber Board of Directors for the Marietta Area Council. The Cobb County Chamber is one of the most successful chambers in the nation. It offers its 2,500 members an unparalleled platform for networking, professional development, and brand visibility.
Cantrell joined CDH in 1999 and the leader of the Education Studio. She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received a Bachelor of Science with honors in Architecture and Masters in architecture with honors. She is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Cobb.
With 15 years of experience in architectural design and master planning, she has been repeatedly recognized for her talents, leadership, and articulate voice within CDH. As a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, she works with major school districts in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region and has designed high performance education spaces for students from kindergarten to university level. Her guidance to area schools has positively impacted learning environments for thousands of metro-Atlanta students.
She also 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 is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute.
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.
Editor’s note the following article was recently published in Religious Product News.
The day St. John Neumann Catholic Church opened the doors to its new worship space in Lilburn, Georgia, in the mid-80s, the parish had already outgrown its building. Over the next 25 years, membership grew so much that the church was holding 11 masses every weekend.
“It was wearing the clergy out,” says Ernest C. (Terry) Biglow, architect and principal with CDH Partners, an integrated design firm based in Marietta, Georgia.
When the parish consulted with CDH about an expansion at the church, they actually came with another architect’s plan in hand. The design included a new parish hall and chapel attached to the existing church building. But something about the plan did not feel right.
“The parish hall was designed at the end of an existing six-foot-wide corridor that ran through church offices, creating a circulation issue. The proposed chapel was small and awkwardly placed,” Biglow recalls. His first question to parish leaders was, “Have you ever done a Master Plan?”
They had not. This is when Biglow suggested they take time to determine the needs of the church. Then they could develop a Master Plan for the present and for years to come. It also would serve as a framework for their future building decisions. Click here to continue reading.
Editor’s note: In a recent short article on hospital safety, editors at U. S. News & World Report highlighted Paulding Hospital (a CDH design project) and the technology that is being used to keep patients safe.
The “Hospitals Make Progress on the Path to Safety” article noted WellStar Paulding Hospital has all private rooms and patient-facing handwashing stations to help prevent the spread of infection. The stations feature soap dispensers with wireless antennas that help ensure team members always wash hands upon entering a patient’s room.
The news feature also discussed the positioning of patient beds just one step away from the restrooms with lighted handrails that help eliminate middle-of-the-night falls when patients are hesitant to ask for assistance getting out of bed. Furthermore, the rooms comfortably accommodate family members. Click here to continue reading.
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).
by Bill Chegwidden FAIA, founding principal and president CDH Partners
Forty years ago, I remember being in a worship service where the pastor spoke with a missionary by telephone, who was living on the other side of the world. The conversation was broadcast live and everyone in attendance was amazed by what they heard.
If that same missionary was with us today, he or she would have even more of an opportunity to engage an audience and to become an integral part of the service. Digital technology creates an atmosphere where individuals on the other side of the city, state, country, or world can appear to be on stage in front of us. But the technology doesn’t stop here. It goes far beyond this to a point where a church can become a central point of focus within a community by using various forms of media and communication. It all begins when church leaders ask a very important question: How do we connect the needs of our congregation in today’s evolving digital world?
For years, churches have looked for effective ways to bridge this growing gap by having a traditional and non-traditional worship services but change has always been hard. Just a few years ago, architects designed churches and worship centers with long narrow hallways, large classrooms, and very few gathering spaces. We’ve moved away from this because we realize that people crave community. They want to worship in churches that provide areas and spaces that encourage interaction and engagement. And they want these areas to be places that are welcoming, bright, and warm. Some contain fireplaces, coffee bars, Wi-Fi, and an atmosphere that is engaging and builds community. They are places where people connect with others. To continue reading this article, please click here.
Editor’s note: CDH Principal Ernest “Terry” Biglow was recently interview by Church Executive Magazine on the scope of building a commercial kitchen
With equipment, exhaust systems, plumbing, electricity, building codes and so much more to consider — all at a considerable cost — building a commercial church kitchen is a big decision.
But, it’s also a smart one.
Any church that wants to add a commercial kitchen to its campus learns quickly that it’s no small undertaking. Depending on the kitchen’s intended uses, there are a multitude of equipment requirements, liabilities, staffing and inspection considerations to navigate — often, more than the church bargained for.
Commercial, by design
To start with, it can be confusing to decipher the differences between a commercial kitchen and a warming, or residential-style, setup. Because these nuances are subject to local health and fire jurisdictions, they vary greatly across the country.
Church design professionals such as Ernest C. (Terry) Biglow, III, AIA — managing principal at CDH Partners, Inc., in Marietta, GA — are used to leading clients through this complex territory. “For one thing, commercial kitchens are subject to inspections for compliance with the local health department, and the number of meals served might influence the frequency of those inspections,” he explains. “And, on the equipment side, anything more than a microwave could be considered a commercial kitchen, in some areas of the U.S.” Please click here to continue reading.
The new CDH designed Paulding Hospital is the second phase for the 33-acre development located in Hiram, GA. This new hospital opened in April 2014 and has 56 beds and has the capacity for 112 beds. This state-of-the-art hospital is one of the safest in the country. Click here to view the video!