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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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 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.
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.
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 WellStar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH design project will be featured at the upcoming HCD September Design Showcase. The project will also be highlighted in the Healthcare Design Showcase Magazine and online. Click here to view this amazing project.
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Designed by CDH Partners is featured in this month’s cover story in Health Facilities Management Magazine. The article is titled: “Safe and Sound.”
Safe and Sound
Informed design approaches help to prevent patient harm
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, Ga., designed by CDH Partners, is another facility for which safety was a prime directive during design. Mark Haney, president, WellStar Paulding Hospital, explains that the hospital developed a program called “safety to the fourth power” to lead design decisions. This involved considering the safety of patients and their families, hospital staff, the community and the environment. “That was the banner they carried throughout the project,” says Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, senior project manager, CDH Partners. Please click here to read the entire article.
Later this summer WellStar Healthcare will open a children’s Pediatric center in NW Cobb County. This new facility has been designed for an extraordinary patient experience. “The challenge was to design a pediatric facility for a wide range of ages—from babies to adolescents,” says CDH project manager Rhea Jeanne Starnes.
“Many times rooms in other diagnostic centers will be colorful but this one takes color and design to another level. When it comes to imaging, WellStar is highly successful. There are children centers in place around the metro Atlanta area, but this center is different because it’s a specialty, multi-functional facility designed for kids.”
“WellStar really cares about the type of images they get, and they are using Phillips equipment, which is the top of the line. Phillips also delivers an “ambient” experience. This means that there are positive distractions built in through audio and visual technology, which is patient driven. This type of experience helps a patient relax and feel calm. It also provides better outcomes.”
Ambient lighting is soft and pleasing. It includes calming sounds for less stress and increased procedure efficiency. “Patients, in this case children, have to be really still for a long period of time, and the ambient experience can help them do this better. After all, it can be frightening to have a scan done when Mom or Dad are not as close as usual.”
WellStar is taking a further step by also including a Kitten Scanner in the facility. This is a small version of a larger scanner that is used to help children learn about their procedures. They can scan a dinosaur, a chicken, space man, or elephant. The model scanner scans the toy and then displays its “insides” on screen. This small screen helps to clarify the scanner’s purpose. As children play with the scanner, their attention is redirected to having fun rather than worrying about the upcoming procedure.
When designers for CDH saw the potential to increase the overall experience for patients and parents, they made a bold decision to use the ambient concept as a main design element. A large interactive screen will be located in the lobby and before they have their procedure, patients can choose what scene they would like to have in their MRI, CT, or X-Ray rooms. For example, if someone chooses a beach scene, his or her procedure room will be transform in to a beach, complete with tropical fish, and audio sounds.
“This is a place where I would want my son or daughter to go. But it is also a place where I would feel comfortable sitting and waiting while the procedure is done. We wanted a patient to walk in the door and be met with positive distractions that reduce stress and help them to feel calmer. There is light and color everywhere. So, it is really quite magical from the entrance through the entire building.”
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.
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.
Work continues on the latest addition to the WellStar Health Park family. CDH Partners is the architectural firm for the East Cobb project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. The three-story 205,000 sf health park health park will offer a full complement of services including cardio pulmonary rehab, orthosport rehab, urgent care, imaging, women’s imaging, physician practices such as family, cardio vascular, pulmonary, a sleep lab, ENT, allergy, OB/GYN, general surgery, GI, vascular, endocrinology, urology, spine clinic, and orthopedics. The facility will also have a three-story parking deck and contain a 20,000 sf ambulatory surgery center along with an atrium, a café, a retail pharmacy, and space for community education. (Please click on the photo to enlarge.)
The front of the East Cobb Health Park takes shapes.
The Atrium that will contain areas for rest along with a cafe and a retail pharmacy.
Rock going up on the outside walls.
Cranes are used at the rear of the building.
CDH designer Carine Kroko and CDH Structural Engineering Manager Mark Hufstetler look over structural plans.
Editor’s Note: GPB.org recently published this article on their website about this CDH LEED Silver designed facility.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — While Christmas toys wait safely under the tree for their big day later this month, you might be surprised to learn how much testing they went through before they hit the shelves. Some of the testing that makes sure those gifts are child-ready goes on right here in Georgia.
In the port city of Savannah, a new facility has opened to test all types of products coming into the U.S. The Customs and Border Protection crime lab is a quiet, sterile place where chemists in white lab coats walk around enough machinery to conjure a science lab. Click here to continue reading.
Winners of the 2013 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the Design Data Game Show Extravaganza at the SDS/2 Users Group Conference. Awards were given in three categories: Commercial, Industrial and Customers’ Choice.
The WellStar Paulding Replacement Hospital, a CDH project, located in Hiram, Georgia, receive the Customers’ Choice Award. Click here to view the project on the SDS/2 website or here to view the details of the Paulding hospital project on the CDH website.
The First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida, was recently awarded the 2013 Best Religious Structure Design Award by PCI. The church has been located in the city’s trendy downtown area for over 100 years
CDH architects and interior designers created a modern addition to the traditional styled sanctuary, which contains an 82,000 square foot contemporary worship center with a seating capacity of 350. Also included in the design was a 125-seat chapel that contains a parlor, bride’s suite, music suite, adult and children’s classrooms, nurseries, and an administrative suite.
In April 2012, a spacious fellowship hall was completed, which contains an upscale café and a full service kitchen. It also serves as a recreation destination for children, who play in specially designed themed areas.
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. The new structure is LEED Silver certified and energy costs have already been 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.
Writing for PCI’s publication Ascent Magazine, Sarah Fister Gale writes, “”Today’s architects and engineers are under constant pressure to deliver beautiful, durable structures within constrained budgets and schedules. The winner of the 2013 PCI Design Awards Competition demonstrate the ways that precast concrete helps them meet those goals.
“This year’s winners showcase the high-performance attributes that precast, prestressed concrete can bring to a project. . . . Precast concrete enable all of the winners to accelerate construction, often while working in extremely tight site conditions with minimal effects on traffic, the community, and the local environment.
“The awards covered an array of building types, include best Parking structure, Best Mixed-Use Building, and Best Religious structure, along with a variety of bridge types and lengths. . . . Each of this year’s award winners proved that precast concrete brings beauty, strength, and efficiency to all types of structures and will continue to be a go-to materal for engineers and architects seeking high performance.”
Recently, the Marietta Daily Journal ran an article featuring the three CDH designed WellStar health parks located in Acworth, East Cobb (currently under construction), and Vinings, which is soon-to-be-built. A fourth heath park is planned for the Cherokee County area.
The WellStar Acworth Health Park was one of the first health parks built in Georgia. It was developed to meet the needs of the surrounding community by offering a higher level of patient care in a safe setting. The first two floors of the health park contain physician’s offices, which are leased mostly by doctors within the Medical Group.
This facility quickly became a model for a system-wide approach for community wellness and care. These comprehensive medical facilities offer a full complement of services that includes diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multi-special rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/Pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center. These facilities are often expandable to include fitness centers, community/education classrooms, childcare, retail shops, and a pharmacy.
Co-mingling of healthcare services and physicians’ offices brings a new level of convenience to residents. Screenings and wellness services are done on site, which means a patient does not have to be sick to access the facility. Designers also create gather spaces where patients and their families can meet, talk, and even rest. These spaces include comfortable seating, water features, and other services that are focused on patient needs and care. (At the right is the East Cobb Health Park, which is currently under construction and is located on Johnston Ferry Road.)
To read more about these CDH designed health parks, please click here.
Often when clients take the first step in planning a new or renovated space, lighting may not be at the forefront of their thoughts or plans. Other concerns quickly move to the top of the priority list such as design, function, space usage, and budget. Yet in the recesses of their minds, they know lighting plays a key role in the design. It contributes not only to the atmosphere and environment of a space, it aids in wayfinding, safety, and increased work productivity.
When you boil it all down, lighting is a technical art and a science. It is used to make an environment highly appealing and functional. When it is used correctly, lighting provides aesthetical elements that motivate, energize, and even calm those who use a facility. Keep in mind that lighting today is much more efficient and cost effective. Engineers and architects calculate the amount of daylight received in an internal space along with the planned lighting to determine if there is adequate benefit to the lighting design. This calculation combined with other key factors such as surface materials, furniture, paint, and wall textures help to determine the effect lighting will have on a designed space.
So with these entry facts in mind, where should you start in regards to providing a good lighting design? Usually, the best place to start is with the basics and with learning about the various light sources and how they work to create a more productive environment. It is always wise to express your needs and desires up front to the lighting engineer, who will be helping you design your facility.
It is also important to understand the options you have regarding available lighting fixtures and lamp sources. By planning your design for the right kind of illumination, you’ll have a better understanding of what the space is going to look like when it is completed. Plus, the right lighting makes a tremendous statement about how your building and employees will function and work together.
The following is an overview of lighting sources, fixtures, and even the problems that may need to be addressed with older fixtures. This simple but very important information also answers questions that include: What is the color temperature (Kelvin) rating of the bulb? What is the color-rendering index (CRI) that determines if colors in a room are truly the colors the eye perceives? This very basic information will help you think through your lighting choices for every area of your new or renovated facility.
Just the Basics —
Lumen output, color temperatures, CRI ratings, beam spread, lamp life depreciation, and rated lamp life can all dramatically affect your design. However, with the help of photometric software, you can visualize what a proposed design will look like even before it’s started.
Lumen – The total amount of visible light emitted from a source in a particular direction. The higher the lumens the brighter the light source is. Typically one lumen equals one candela (or foot-candle). A candela is equivalent to the light emitted from a single candle burning.
Color Temperature (Kelvin) – This determines the “warmness” or “coolness” of a particular lamp measured in Kelvin’s. The lower Kelvin ratings give a warmer appearance. The higher Kelvin ratings give a cooler appearance. Warmer colors typically emit a more orange to yellow appearance while cooler colors typically emit a more blue to pink appearance. Daylight is a mixture of both cool and warm colors.
Color Rendering Index (CRI) – The ability of a lamp to render the color of an object in a normal and natural way. Typically measured from 0-100. The higher the rating, the better the color appearance of an object. Lower ratings may give an object a false color appearance (a beige wall may look gray under certain lighting, for example)
Beam Spread – The total angle of a projected beam of light.
Lamp Life Depreciation – This measures the overall lumen depreciation level over the life of a particular lamp.
Rated Lamp Life – The actual number of hours a particular lamp will burn before failing
Photometric – Actual candela (foot-candle) plots that can be placed on a floor plan for a particular light fixture. There are thousands of different types of photometric files that are specific to a particular fixture. These files are called .IES files, which are certified by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and are entered into lighting calculation software.
Types of Light Sources
There are a wide variety of light sources available to illuminate a particular space. However, there is no “one size fits all” category. Some sources are better suited for certain environments rather than others.
Fluorescent – The most commonly and widely used light source available today. They can be found in a wide variety of different types of fixtures: 2×2, 1×4, 2×4, 4×4, 4’ strips, downlighting, undercabinet and decorative lighting.
Incandescent – Commonly found in floor and table lamps, downlighting, and flood lighting. This lighting is very inefficient in regards to power consumption and is being phased out.
Halogen – Commonly found in small, decorative fixtures, smaller downlights, landscape lighting and floor lamps. These sources can also be found in house lighting for theaters and sanctuaries.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) – Commonly found in exterior fixtures consisting of Metal Halide, Low Pressure Sodium or High Pressure Sodium light sources.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) – An alternative to fluorescent light sources as the technology continues to improve and prices drop. Commonly found in a wide variety of interior and exterior fixtures due to the best “bang for the buck” in regards to energy consumption versus lumen output.
Induction – This source is similar to fluorescent lamp, except it doesn’t have electrodes as part of the fixture. Therefore, these sources have a much longer lamp life than any other source available. However, they’re cost prohibitive and limited in applications and lamp wattage.
You don’t have to be limited to just on/off switching to control light levels in a space. Dimming or dual level switching is a common practice to control different light levels. Daylight harvesting can be used to switch off or dim lighting near windows. When they’re not in use, occupancy/vacancy sensors switch off lights. Furthermore, Building Automation Systems (BAS) can be tied into lighting systems for seamless building wide control, even remotely
Providing control to automatically switch off lighting when it isn’t needed saves the owner money on their energy bill. Control devices are also eligible for incentives and rebates from many different power companies around the country.
One of the best and most abundant sources of illumination is daylight. Bringing more daylight into a space will reduce the amount of artificial illumination needed. Roof penetrating “Solar Tubes” with internal mirrors and lensed reflectors bring in a surprising amount of daylight from such a small footprint. Skylights and large windows are another great way to bring in large amounts of daylight. Building orientation and landscaping are also an important factor in regards to the amount of daylight that can be brought into a space.
Picking the right illumination source early in the design process is only part of the solution. Coordinating with the architect and interior designer in regards to the space design is critical. Most of the design criteria can be summed up in five simple questions:
Who – Who will be using this space? Input from the end user is always a valuable resource. Ask about a typical day for the space and what type of people may occupy. Also ask about any existing lighting issues that need to be resolved.
What – What will the space be used for? Different lighting levels may be needed for different scenarios. For example, a classroom could be used for children, adults or both.
Where – Where will this space be located? Is it on the perimeter of a building where day lighting could be utilized? Or is it in a dark basement with a low ceiling? It’s also important to know which jurisdiction the space falls under. Some areas of the country, California for example, are much more strict in regards to energy consumption which will affect the lighting design.
When – Will this space be used mostly during the day, night, week, weekends or 24/7? Knowing when the space will be occupied will help determine lighting control of the space.
Why – Why is the space being designed a certain way? Are there moveable partitions or furniture that can be moved to alter the space? By knowing this, it will help determine the switching of the lighting.
Take a moment to look up at the lighting in your surrounding space. See anything that looks strange?
Different colored lamps
Lamps that are burned out
Bugs, dust, and debris in the lenses
Reflectors that aren’t clean
Fixtures that are switched on when no one is around
Each one of these factors contributes to an environment where the lighting is not ideal. Not only can these eventually put a strain on your eyes, they can also affect the mood of an employee. Remember up front research is essential and is preparation for a well-designed structure and space. It is necessary in order to get a good idea of what the space is going to look like before the design is even started. By following these methods, you and your client will have a better understanding as to what to expect once the lights are switched on for the first time.