Learning by Design Magazine recently recognized Southwest DeKalb as an 2015 Outstanding Project. “Learning by Design is a celebration of quality architecture, design, planning, and the execution of creating environments for learning. Biannually, we recognize school districts, universities, and colleges, and their architectural firms for going beyond the standard and achieving excellence. Judged by an esteem group of peers, both new and renovated building projects are examined. . . . Award winners are recognized by achievement in four categories: Grand Prise, Citation of Excellence, Honorable Mention, and Outstanding Achievement.”
DeKalb School Board officials asked CDH Partners, Inc., to design a 67,000-sq.ft. instructional addition that includes a 650-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art offices and classrooms, laboratories and new band and orchestra facilities. Plans also included the renovation of existing classrooms, outside gathering areas and student health center. The performing arts center is a stunning facility that contains a large stage with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems.
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CDH Partners has recently entered into a Master Research Agreement with the SimTigrate Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The partnership allows CDH to expand its services to include design research and publications.
Joshua Crews a member of the architectural studio at CDH Partners explains, “The SimTigrate Design Lab will provide us with the opportunity to explore post occupancy evaluations, literature reviews, simulation modeling, space syntax analysis, and full scale mock-ups of care delivery spaces. While our relationship with the SimTigrate Design Lab further solidifies us as an industry leader in healthcare design, the commitment to research moreover exemplifies our desire to create better spaces that positively impact the lives of others.”
The first study conducted with SimTigrate involves a literature review of Memory Care. While most of the industry is laden with anecdotal evidence, we have begun to break down the stories and experiences into facts and figures regarding the built environment that are proven to impact the care delivered to dementia and Alzheimer patients. As memory care becomes increasingly prevalent, it will be crucial to provide an environment that promotes and enables the best care to be delivered to a delicate population.
Erin West, who is also from the CDH architectural studio provides insight concerning the continuing relationship CDH has with Georgia Tech, “Our next endeavor with SimTigrate includes a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the WellStar Kennestone Hospital Blue Tower expansion.”
Crews adds, “That expansion was designed and constructed with Evidence-based Design at its core, while the previous tower was built with the premise of best practices and anecdotal evidence. Although the towers have identical structure and footprints, our goal is to complete a spatial comparison of the medical/surgery units, space syntax analysis, and staff survey that will yield results correlating outcomes and satisfaction to the built environment.”
Concerning the outcome: everyone involved in these studies believe they will help us to better understand the impacts of the built environment and will inform future designs. “As a whole,” says West, “our firm, our clients, and the industry will all benefit from improved analysis of design and outcomes. We are eager to work with data driven clients on future collaborations with the SimTigrate Design Lab.”
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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently opened its new analytical laboratory and office complex near the Port of Savannah in coastal Georgia. The firm selected to design this high-tech, secure facility was CDH Partners—an architectural and design practice located in Marietta, Georgia. The project design team incorporated sustainable design strategies that led to the facility being awarded a LEED Silver Certification. It also received the Award of Excellence in the Low Rise category from the Georgia Chapter ACI awards.
CDH provided full professional services that included architectural, engineering and interior design for the project. The 38,100 square foot one-story facility contains 12 state-of-the-art laboratories including level 100 and 1000 clean rooms, a garage/warehouse, five analyst team offices with breakout areas and a conference room. The Customs and Border Protection Agency opened the 25 million dollar laboratory as a replacement for a much smaller facility. Customs officials use this location to analyze imported merchandise ranging from raw chemical products to finished manufactured goods, such as clothing and steel products, as well as controlled substances and contraband imported in violation of U.S. laws.
“Millions of tax dollars are at stake,” says a spokesperson in a recent article published by GPB News, “It’s not just food and toys. Shoes, handbags and all types of clothing are taxed at varying rates depending on their materials. The lab tests those microscopic fibers. Some of the work done at the Savannah crime lab has led to nationwide product recalls. It investigates trade and law enforcement cases at ports from Philadelphia to Key West.”
The design practice of CDH Partners, Inc., was founded in 1977. The Marietta firm was named after its three founding partners, Bill Chegwidden, Don Dorsey, and Chuck Holmes. Over the years, it has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top most progressive architectural firms in Atlanta, the southeast, and the country.