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.”
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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After a year of planning and several months of renovations by CDH Partners, the pediatric unit at WellStar Kennestone opened on July 9. Designers created a state-of-the-art, 12-bed 4,700 sq.ft. pediatric friendly space that offers world class pediatric services. Special consideration was given to families and caregivers. Featured in the photo above is the family lounge where parents are able to take time out to rest and regroup. The lounge offers drinks, coffee, comfortable seating, computer areas for checking emails and a playroom.
Artwork done by local students is displayed in the family lounge. “Children are our future. Now they can get the care they need close to home without added stress or inconvenience,” said Candice Saunders, WellStar president & CEO. The project was the vision of WellStar Pediatric Strategic Planning Team in response to a strategic evaluation that included pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult physician partners, administrative leaders and the local and broader community.
The unit is staffed exclusively by pediatric-trained caregivers, from a team of pediatric hospitalists, who remain on duty 24/7. The brightly colored interior design is safe, warm, and welcoming.
There’s a central monitoring system in each exam room, enhanced security, ultraviolet filters for infection control, no sharp-edged countertops, and all pediatric-specific equipment. “These features, combined with a trusted provider like WellStar and caregivers who are specially trained in pediatric care, work together to give parents peace of mind at a stressful time,” said Varma Rameswar, assistant vice president, Pediatric Operations, who helped lead the renovation of the space located in the Purple Tower, 5th Floor space. “The (CDH) design team worked closely with the pediatric providers, nursing team and ‘TEAM PEDS’ to make the space as child-friendly as possible,” said Rameswar.
Each year, WellStar Pediatric Services treats more than 350,000 children in our hospital emergency departments (EDs), pediatric offices, Pediatric Center, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), specialty offices, and for minor surgery, such as ear, nose and throat and orthopedic procedures. Dr. Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatric officer, WellStar Health System and a member of the WellStar Board of Trustees noted that the project was “truly team effort. We took great effort to ensure that we were getting the ‘best of the best’ in pediatric care to serve on this unit.”
(Editor’s note: Some of the information used in this article was taken from a recent press release distributed by WellStare Health Services.
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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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First United Methodist Church located in Orlando, Florida, was recently awarded the 2013 Design Award for Best Religious Structure for Precast Concrete. The church has been located in the city’s downtown area for over 100 years. Judges for the competition said, “This project was selected because of the unique pattern in the precast concrete and because most of its LEED Silver points came from the precast panels due to their durability, energy efficiency, and the lifecycle precast adds to a facility.”
CDH architects and interior designers created a modern addition to complement this traditional-styled sanctuary. In April 2012, the spacious fellowship hall was completed. It contains an 82,000 square foot contemporary worship center with a seating capacity of 350. Also included in the design is a 125-seat chapel that contains a parlor, bride’s suite, music suite, adult and children’s classrooms, nurseries, and an administrative suite. Designers placed the parking area beneath the new addition to help with its sustainability while reducing the overall footprint of the project.
The fellowship hall was designed to be spacious containing areas where people can meet and gather. It also contains an upscale café and a full service kitchen. An oversized sculpture resembling Stonehenge creates an imaginative divider between the fellowship hall, kitchen, and information desk. It also serves as a recreation destination for children, who play on its painted metal towers.
A custom 16-foot light fixture hangs in the center of the fellowship hall and is highly visible through glass exterior walls, which form a three-story atrium and serves as a signature feature to the new ministry center. At night this striking feature becomes a luminary for the city of Orlando. This structure is LEED Silver certified. Energy costs were reduced by almost 18 percent through lighting selection, e–glass windows, high efficiency solutions for HVAC, high efficiency water reduction fixtures, and energy-star appliances.
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Situated in a transitional area between the downtown Marietta, Georgia, business district and a historical residential neighborhood, The Renaissance on Henderson is a totally renovated mid-rise apartment building for senior adults. The CDH Partners project was recently feature in the Marietta Daily Journal.
MARIETTA — About 100 senior residents were [recently] welcomed back to their homes after being displaced for more than a year during renovations to a low-income community. An $18.5 million project gutted the nine-story residential building at 55 Henderson St. near Powder Springs Street in Marietta. A public-private partnership between the Marietta Housing Authority and Marietta-based Walton Communities turned what was once known as Henderson Arms into Walton Renaissance on Henderson, which is being touted as an “upscale,” yet still affordable, community. Seniors age 62 and older who have an annual income of less than $23,250 for one resident and $26,550 for two can apply to live in the community. Residents pay 30 percent of their annual income for rent. Every apartment is subsidized with federal dollars. To read the entire article click here.
Recently CDH designer Taejun Park was a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. His Pecha Kucha style presentation focused mainly on the design process and development of a free-hanging sculpture that was the inspiration for the lighting fixture that will be placed in the atrium of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital located in Hiram, Georgia. He also addressed such issues as consistency, blend in/harmony, design action, reaction and interaction with the environment, and establishing shape in space.
When talking about the lighting design along with a wave wall that was designed for the atrium, Park said for him, “design adds a unique impression and space experience, which has the ability to create personal memories.” This theme was one of the goals his team used in developing the lighting sculpture, which will be located in the Paulding Hospital.
Taejun Park is a creative and aesthetically driven project designer and manager. His passion for the architectural process is evident in the extensive work he has done for CDH Partners. He has a broad knowledge base of advance media, building materials and equipment, construction technology, and mathematical skills. This knowledge along with his applied experience has equipped him to design and to create exceptional architectural spaces—spaces that not only reflect the owner’s needs, desires, and dreams but also work well with the environment when it comes to energy and structural integrity.
Mark Haney president of WellStar Paulding Hospital is joined by CDH project manager Mary Lindeman and Contract Administrator Gregg Kidd at the new Paulding Hospital site.
Wellstar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH project, is scheduled to open April 2014 with 56 beds. Future expansion will see the hospital grow to a 112 bed facility. When all the phases are completed, it will be an eight-story, 250,000 square foot, Energy Star facility that offers core medical amenities that include emergency services for adults and children, an accredited chest pain center, and private patient rooms, telemetry and medical/surgical, low acuity and high acuity surgery, GI and bronch services, along with ear, nose, and throat care. Cancer therapies will be done on site. The hospital will also offer in patient and out patient imaging. Plus, it will have a state-of-the-art women’s imaging center.
Recently, Brasfield Gorrie general contractors hosted a WellStar Paulding Hospital “topping off” party in celebration of the building reaching its final height. The facility is on tap to become one of the first Pebble Projects in Georgia. Specific focus is being placed on meeting the personal needs of patients as well as the needs of their families and caregivers while maximizing operational efficiency and environmental performance.
“Becoming a Pebble Project has motivated us to think differently about every area of the hospital and medical facility,” said Mark Haney president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. “We didn’t want to build a traditional hospital. We wanted to build a facility that could be integrated into this community in such a way that it becomes much more than just a place to receive medical care. We wanted every aspect of it to be healing and promote wellness. Pebble-based projects are evidence based design concepts. Therefore this hospital will be centered around patient care, quality safety, and efficiency.”
“Once we are full at the first two levels,” said Haney, “we will open another floor and another 28 beds along with growing our staff at the same time. I believe this approach is the best way to remain good stewards of our resources.” The hospital will eventually employ over 300 people and is being seen as a boost to the local economy. It also will contain 30 adult and 10 pediatric emergency exam rooms, and four surgery suites with the flexibility to expand to eight. There are also plans for it to become an educational and meeting center for the Paulding community.
Haney emphasized that the CDH Partners design team helped Paulding’s administrative team take their vision to a higher level, which included holistic design, open work areas, and teaming stations where a greater degree of collaboration can take place. “When we sat down with the integrated design team from CDH Partners, we had certain goals in mind, and they helped us solidify these goals and then to develop a plan where they would become a reality. Meeting the growing needs of our patients, their families, and community was a top priority, but there was another objective that we wanted to reach and that was the care and support of our doctors and our staff. “
The new Wellstar Paulding facility is following a national trend that offers medical services in a community environment—where patients live. It is a very attractive option to the alternative that at times puts healthcare miles away from patients, family members and care givers.
Paulding Hospital will be one of the most advanced hospitals in the state of Georgia.
As a commitment to sustainable solutions, WellStar is investing in the geo-thermal heating system for the new Paulding hospital.
Mark Haney takes time to talk with a few of the CDH staff and compliment the team on the project.
While the Bridge Community Center is a part of the ministry of First Baptist Church Peachtree City, Georgia, it also has a broad outreach to the progressive community surrounding it. This brightly designed 23,000 square foot public facility contains multi-purpose classrooms used for support groups and tutoring, meeting rooms, a walking track, gym, and café with open lobby seating area offering free WiFi. The youth area provides indoor recreational space that includes a gym, a basketball court, and a theatrical stage with a state of the art audio and video system used for performing arts and concerts.
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