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.
How much is a life worth? For those at Wellspring Living, an organization that serves survivors of sexual exploitation, the value is innumerable. This is one of the reasons CDH Partners decided to offer design services for the renovation and facelift of a Wellspring’s new upscale thrift store in Marietta. This store and others like it provide financial help for girls, who were caught up in sex trafficking.
Leaders for Wellspring say their mission is very straight forward: help as many victims as possible to develop the courage to move forward to a point where they realize their full potential and create a plan to fulfill their dreams for the future.
Girls come to Wellspring with emotional, mental, and physical brokenness etched throughout their lives. Their self-esteem is shattered and in many cases they don’t believe there is a future or any hope. Wellspring offers both of these and much more. This is the second reason the Marietta design firm was attracted to Wellspring. There was an opportunity to step in and give what they could so girls from all ages could live fully and freely.
One example of a fresh start at life is Ashley, who is 17-years old and whose story is briefly outlined on the flyleaf of one of the organization’s brochures. “My mom never understood,” she said. “So I left . . . . As I stood at the bus stop crying, a guy walked up to me and asked what was wrong.
“I thought, Finally! Someone cares!” Ashley quickly discovered just how wrong that thought was! She was taken to a place to live with a man she evidently called “Daddy.” He locked her and five other girls in a closet and each night they emerged and were forced to meet their quota of $2,000.
“Man after man after man came in,” said Ashley. Weeks later, she was arrested and ended up in a detention center. Shortly after that, she was given the opportunity to go to Wellspring Living. “They looked at me differently there. Even when I was at my worst, they pointed out my strengths. They cared.”
Wellspring Living is an Atlanta-based, non-profit organization that rescues girls from the sex trafficking industry. CDH architect, Andrew Savage was introduced to the organization through volunteer work at his church. “A few years ago, the people at Wellspring learned that by operating higher-end thrift stores, they could use the proceeds to make a bigger impact and help more girls.
“When I heard they needed architectural services for a new store in Marietta, I presented the need to the leadership at CDH Partners, and they were eager to help. We developed a tenant ‘build-out’ plan so Wellspring Living could obtain the needed permits for their new Marietta store.”
With the combined efforts of many volunteers and local churches the store opened and has been a great success. “I’m honored,” says Andrew, “to have played a small part in the great work that Wellspring Living is doing. It is a way for us to give back to the community but in a far greater way, it gives us an opportunity to help these girls have a new start in life.”
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.
Work on the WellStar Vinings Health Park is underway! The facility is expected to be completed by fall of 2017 and cost an estimated $77 million. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design firm for the this new medical facility.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.
Construction is underway on Dallas Memory Care located in Dallas, Georgia. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design firm for the this new state-of-the-art memory care facility, which is slated to open the first quarter in 2017.
The assisted-living memory care community will offer a caring, safe, secure, and home-like environment for its residents.
Architects for CDH Partners created a master plan that preserved much of the natural setting. This single-story 43,674 square foot facility is expected to cost an estimated $6.1 million.
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.)
CDH Partners recently completed an extensive renovation of the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Support Center.
The original Cancer Center was completed in 1985. It was a three-story facility that included two linear accelerators, exam rooms, and physician offices. The building also housed infusion center for cancer treatment. The upper floor was leased space. As patient care changed, the facility went through numerous renovations and expansions. Center additions included a third Linac and a Cyberknife for radio-surgery.
In 2011, the need for a complete renovation became a high priority. With a patient centric focus and need for oncology education and newer services for patient care beyond the actual treatment, it became evident that the building needed a complete renovation.
The architectural renovation plan called for gutting the facility except the public restrooms, which were given a complete face-lift. The existing monumental staircase was replaced with a more open lobby that is a main building feature. A south facing sky window plays a prominent role in the design.
The new design includes a large resource library that is used by patients and families.
The first floor contains the Calm Water Café and an instruction demonstration kitchen that will be used to teach patients and their families how simple healthy cooking can be. There are also patient waiting areas that have kids corners.
Smaller conference rooms are available in the genetic research area. A large break room and administrative office space rounds out the second floor.
The second floor contains a retail shop for headwear and scarves along with hair loss beauty shop. An acupuncture treatment room and a prosthetics care room are also located on the second floor along with a large classroom for instructional seminars and meetings.
A chapel and research office space complete the first floor.
Private sitting areas are designed for families, who need to have comfortable spaces to sit and have conversations.
(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.
Libby Laguta (CHID, EDAC) was recently named to the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board. She is an interior design with over 30 years of healthcare sector experience. This includes working with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. This also includes working with organizations to implement long-range master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, Libby uses her strong knowledge of materials and best practices to create healthcare spaces that promote wellness, enhance the patient experience, and enable excellent healthcare outcomes. She focuses on building long term relationships with her clients, which includes some of the Southeast’s largest healthcare providers.
She is a published author in interior design trade magazines and has written several articles for Atlanta Hospital News. She is also a nationally qualified interior designer and has completed projects in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States.
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.”
The Ground Breaking Ceremony for Friendship Baptist Church was held on Sunday, October 18, at 4 pm. CDH is the architect for this historical church. Friendship Baptist Church was established in 1862 and independently organized in 1866, in the days following the Civil War. Friendship is Atlanta’s first black Baptist autonomous congregation. The church began in a discarded railroad boxcar that was donated by a Cincinnati, Ohio, church. The boxcar served as a worship space on Sundays. By 1865, it was used for early classes at the burgeoning Atlanta University.
The membership grew rapidly so the congregation moved to a larger building on the corner of Haynes and Markham Streets and later to the Mitchell Street location.
Friendship’s role in black education has been unique and very important. In 1879, after Morehouse College moved to Atlanta from Augusta, classes were held at Friendship Baptist Church. Years later in 1881, Spelman College had its beginning in the basement of the Mitchell Street site. Close ties between these educational institutions and Friendship Baptist Church continue today. —Taken from the Ground Breaking program produced by Friendship Baptist Church
The new building should be completed in spring 2017.
CDH President Bill Chegwidden shares his personal story about Tranquility Hospice. The facility offers the comforts of a residential atmosphere for patients and their families. It’s adjacent to Kennesaw Mountain, and architects and designers left much of the heavily wooded area undisturbed to preserve a picturesque setting.
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.
Recently, design leaders from across the country met in New Orleans for the annual Vision Awards. Heather Lombard and Rhea Jeanne Starnes were there to accept the 2015 Healthcare award for CDH Partners. The winning project was the WellStar Pediatric Center.
The goal for the overall design was to create a safe, ambient healthcare environment that reduces stress and improves patient outcomes by helping Children and their families feel relaxed and comfortable. The Center’s flooring design guides patients and their families easily through the facility. The highlight of the interior is the use of positive distractions that can make an otherwise negative experience one that children enjoy.
After viewing CDH’s entry, one juror said, “[The design] speaks of confidence and imagination. You walk into this environment under a rainbow. It’s almost like going to Disney World!”
Each year the Vision Awards attracts an impressive array of design entries from around the country. For the sixth consecutive year the projects exemplified the height of design innovation and excellence while utilizing flooring in unique and beautiful ways.
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.”