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Partners for better solutions: CDH and Georgia Tech


Editor’s note: Please click on the image to enlarge it.

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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Work Continues on WellStar East Cobb Health Park

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.

Back Shot CranesWeb

Cranes are used at the rear of the building.


CDH designer Carine Kroko and CDH Structural Engineering Manager Mark Hufstetler look over structural plans.


Preparing to place stone and WellStar signage.

CDH Architect Taejun Park Guest Lecturer at SCAD

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.

Acworth Health Park Featured in Healthcare Design Magazine

The Acworth Health Park, designed by CDH Partners, Inc., has quickly become a model for a system-wide approach for community wellness and care. The comprehensive medical facility offers a full complement of services that includes diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multispecial rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/Pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center.

It was one of the first health parks built in Georgia and 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. Click here to continue reading.

Brasfield & Gorrie Celebrates Topping Out on WellStar Paulding Hospital



Editor’s note: The official Topping Out Party for WellStar Paulding Hospital took place March 21, 2013. However, the contractor Brasfield & Gorrie recently released the following information, and we wanted to link up to that company’s news article.

ATLANTA, Ga. — Brasfield & Gorrie recently celebrated the topping out of the structure’s top floor of WellStar Paulding Hospital located outside Atlanta, Ga.

When completed, the hospital will total seven stories and 295,000 square feet. Also being constructed as part of this project are a 120,000-square-foot precast parking deck and a four-story, 82,220-square-foot medical office building. The hospital will house emergency exam rooms, pediatric emergency exam rooms, surgery suites, decentralized nursing stations, patient rooms, administrative offices and a café. Click here to continue reading.

CDH – Among Top 25 Healthcare Architectural Firms


In a recent survey published in Healthcare Design Magazine, CDH Partners, Inc., came in at 25 in the 2013 HCD Corporate Rankings for the country. Click on the following link to see a list of all companies that participated in the survey, ranked separately by architecture/engineering and construction, and according to the reported number of healthcare projects completed in 2012, total 2012 healthcare billings, number of RFPs received in 2012, and the number of healthcare contracts signed in 2012. 2012HCD Corporate Rankings

To read a full analysis of the results, including signals of business to come and feedback from participants on the biggest threats and opportunities facing the industry, please click here to continue reading.

Aging America: Coming of Age

Filming at the Paulding mock up rooms for PBS documentary

Mary Lindeman, a project manager for CDH Partners, Inc., was recently interviewed for a PBS special that will air in 2014. The documentary is titled “Coming of Age in Aging America” and features segments depicting different phases of our aging society. Lindeman, project manager for the WellStar Paulding Hospital opening in April 2014, talked about the facility from an architectural perspective and how it will address the various needs of the community and staff inclusive of those who are aging.

“People are living and working longer than ever before,” she notes. “During our integrated design sessions with the WellStar Paulding team we were motivated to think differently about each aspect of the facility tailoring the design around the healthcare that will be provided while maximizing flexibility and usability for not only aging patients but aging staff as well. The WellStar and the CDH team wanted to create a healing environment that fits well into the community and that is safe and accommodating for patients, family, and staff.”

A primary focus of the PBS special is on communities and how they are addressing the needs of our expanding and aging society. “There is a growing realization”, said Lindeman, “whether out of choice or necessity we are staying active and continuing to work longer during our lifetimes. An important component in improving the quality of our longevity is to have the places where we live and work provide appropriate environments that proactively help us to stay safe, to stay strong, and to thrive as we age.”

Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, joined CDH Partners in 2004, with 10 years of previous architectural experience. She works with some of our largest healthcare clients.

For more information on this upcoming series, please go to

CDH Facility Spotlighted


When the doctors at Marietta Podiatry needed additional space for their growing practice, they turned to CDH Partners—the same architectural firm that had designed their first medical facility 28 years earlier.


This month’s edition of DCD Magazine spotlights the new facility and the work of CDH Partners. Click on the link below to read the full article.

DCD Magazine CDH article

Road to Flexibility: Strategic Interventions



Joshua Crews, CDH Partners, takes part in this three-part series, which explores the topic of flexibility in architecture. It was originally published in Heathcare Design Magazine The first article examined the main reason for flexibility: change. The second article explored the three types of flexibility (convertibility, adaptability, and transformability) and how they can be beneficial to the healthcare field. This third and final article studies incorporating flexibility into the design process, along with specific architectural flexibility strategies.

Hospital facilities are always changing. Without leadership, a clear vision, and guiding principles that specifically target flexibility, healthcare facilities can become oversized and develop inefficient circulation and complex wayfinding. A holistic, facility-wide approach to flexibility will create a cohesive campus, and reduce costs and downtime during future construction projects, as well as lengthen building lifespans.

Although the specific ways in which a facility will evolve can’t be predicted, there are some basic assumptions that can help a design team prepare a hospital for future growth and expansion.

In this article, architectural strategies for flexibility are presented at two scales: micro and macro. At a micro level, the strategies operate within circulation approaches, zoning, and programming. At a macro level, the strategies affect site placement, building shape and orientation, and vertical and horizontal expansion considerations. Continue Reading

Open House – Medical Plaza 400


On March 25, Northeast Georgia Health Systems (NGHS) celebrated the opening of a new medical facility with an open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Medical Plaza 400, a CDH project, is located in Dawsonville, Georgia, adjacent to GA 400 (north of Cummings).




CDH architect Danny Mackey talks with one of the new facility’s doctors.


The renovation and reconstruction of this building, which was once a motorcycle shop, was lead by CDH architect and associate principal Danny Mackey. This new medical facility serves the Dawsonville community and surrounding areas. It also provides the citizens of these areas with local access to the Northeast Georgia Health System.


One of the front reception desks.




Medical Plaza 400 contains some of the latest medical services and technology including: Urgent Care, digital imaging (MRI and CT) with an on-site ACR board certified radiologist, health laboratory, family medicine, physician specialists including Gastroenterology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Urology.


Open MRI in a relaxing environment.



Nurse’s station.



Women’s waiting area.



The latest in X-Ray technology.



A creative use of the renovated front of the former motorcycle shop.


Health Plaza Before

Before CDH began construction.



High-tech Health Care

By Laura Raines

According to Merriam-Webster, informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge.” With a mandate for health care providers to switch to electronic medical records and achieve “meaningful use” by 2014 looming, informatics is a hot career field for nurses.

The American Medical Informatics Association estimates that employers need about 70,000 health informatics specialists to install and maintain new systems and train staff to use them.

While the increased demand for specialists is relatively new, the field is not. Nurses have been helping hospitals adopt technology  to work smarter since before the specialty even had a name.

Nancy Stockslager, who became a nurse in 1983, worked in neonatal intensive care units until she was presented with a unique job opportunity in 1995. A health care corporation was buying  products to create a clinical technology records system. When she was asked to help build the system, she accepted the challenge and never looked back.

Today, as director of clinical informatics at Gwinnett Medical Center, Stockslager, RN, MSN, is responsible for implementation, process analysis, training and maintaining all the health care network’s clinical technology systems. Gwinnett Medical already has adopted electronic medical records and is working toward computerized provider order entry,  in which physicians enter their own orders.

“Informatics has been a very exciting journey and I love it, but it’s a constant challenge. There is never a dull moment,” she said.

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