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.
Almost from the moment hospital officials were handed the keys to the new Paulding Hospital, hospital officials knew this facility was going to be a success, and they were right. Soon after Paulding opened, patient rooms filled to capacity and it was obvious that the hospital would have to expand. The following article explains this expansion, which is being designed by CDH Partners.
“WellStar Paulding Hospital began construction recently to complete two previously unfinished floors and double the number of patient beds available in the two-year-old facility.
The work to finish the two floors will lead to 180 new jobs by mid-October, said Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin, a member of the hospital’s regional board and the Paulding County Hospital Authority.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot buildout of the sixth and seventh floors will increase the facility’s beds from 56 to 112, said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital.
“‘This expansion will allow us to better serve the community,’ Haney said in a news release. ‘Paulding County continues to grow and there is an immediate need for more space.'”
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.)
Libby Laguta was recently elected to American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board of Directors. She joins an outstanding group of interior design professionals, who are passionate about the field of healthcare interior design and its dynamic environment.
“The appointment to the AAHID Board of Directors,” says Laguta, “provides a very important opportunity to advance the practice of healthcare interior design. The leadership of AAHID is committed to fostering a positive change for the association while creating the best environments for healing in healthcare.”
Laguta has over 30 years of healthcare sector experience and is a principal at CDH Partners, a Marietta, Georgia, based architectural design firm. Her experience includes interior design with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. She also works with organizations to implement long-range interior design master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, she 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.
Laguta has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977; and over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
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.
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.
To continue reading about this project, please click here.
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.
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.
(Editor’s Note: CDH Partners is the Healthcare Winner for the 2015 Vision Design Awards.)
Chattanooga, TN, April 8, 2015 — Floor Focus Magazine is honored to announce the winners of the sixth annual Vision Design Awards. The competition was created to recognize design firms in a competition that judges the creative integration of flooring and architecture, and this year’s winners offer stellar examples of how flooring plays a key role in great design.
Architects and designers entered recent projects in five commercial building categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality. This year’s winners are:
Grand Prize and Hospitality Winner
Project: The New York Palace – a hotel in New York City
Design Firm: Champalimaud in New York, NY
Project: Follett Headquarters in Westchester, IL
Design Firm: CannonDesign in Chicago, IL
Project: BZAEDS Innovation Lab in Chicago, IL
Design Firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects/Wonder by Design in Chicago, IL
Healthcare Winner Project: WellStar Pediatric Center in Kennesaw, GA Design Firm: CDH Partners in Marietta, GA
Project: Denver Broncos Team Store in Dove Valley, CO
Design Firm: Sink Combs Dethlefs in Denver, CO
Education Honorable Mention
Project: College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center
Design Firm: Edge Design
Hospitality Honorable Mention
Project: Miami International Airport Hotel
Design Firm: Heery International and Miami Dade County Aviation Department
Healthcare Honorable Mention
Project: The Baystate Children’s Specialty Center
Design Firm: Steffian Bradley Architects
Retail Honorable Mention
Project: The Market Place Community Center
Design Firm: Robinson Hill Architecture
The contest is sponsored by Bentley Mills, Tandus-Centiva, Crossville Tile, Johnsonite and Floor Focus Magazine. All product and firm names are stripped from the entries prior to judging so that judging is free of preference and prejudice. Floor Focus applauds these sponsors in their support of the concept of blind judging, ensuring that the contest awards and celebrates design for design’s sake.
The WellStar Pediatric Center means so much to the Cobb County, Georgia, community. This brightly lit facility contains state-of-the-art technology that was designed especially for children and students from birth to 21. CDH Partners designed it to be a relaxing environment that increases positive patient experiences while yielding better healthcare outcomes.
Interactive displays, electronic tablet stations, age appropriate seating, flat screen monitors, and window glazing make this center a place that children enjoy visiting. It also contains Urgent Care, MRI, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy. View the video here.
CDH Partners, Inc., a Marietta based architectural firm, recently announced its merger with Roswell-based L2 Designs, Inc. The announcement came as a result of the two firms working together on several projects that involved major healthcare providers. This merger helps to broaden the scope, depth, and outreach for CDH in the area of healthcare design.
Former L2 Designs’ President Libby Laguta, who has over 29 years of experience in healthcare design, joins the CDH Partners team as one of the company’s principals. Her focus will be primary on design within the healthcare sector. She is one of only 126 individuals nation wide to achieve certification with the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.
Over the past 18 years, L2 Designs, Inc. has built a strong reputation for incorporating evidence-based design in healthcare environments. Former L2 Designs’ President Libby Laguta said, “After years of providing interior design services for my clients, I have always had the vision to furnish a total package of services, including architecture, engineering and interior design under one umbrella. Joining with CDH Partners provides a seamless opportunity for this to take place. I’m excited to be a part of the CDH team and to forge ahead in this atmosphere of camaraderie.”
CDH Partners’ President Bill Chegwidden said, “We are excited about this new opportunity. Libby will focus on expanding our design capabilities and our client base, especially within the healthcare industry.”
CDH Partners is consistently listed as one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. The Marietta based firm was founded in 1977 and offers architectural design, interior design, and engineering. Over the years, it has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive, client-centered architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
Editor’s note: Paulding Hospital was recently spotlighted in Healthcare Design Magazine. It is a CDH Partner’s design project. This new Paulding Hospital opened its doors in April 2014.
In 2009, WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., just outside Atlanta, was facing a dramatic growth in its local population, with an average 3.45 percent increase expected annually in Paulding County over the next five years. This reality pushed the need to consider replacing its existing 50-year-old, 32-bed hospital.
However, the decision came at a time when the organization was struggling financially, says Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. Because of its commitment to the community and the potential for growth, WellStar decided to move forward. “We had a great culture,” Haney says, “and had been achieving strong metrics [for patient satisfaction and safety] once we started focusing on how to do things differently.” They decided to put that same focus on the design of its new building.
Getting it right
Project visioning began in 2009 and included a guiding principle sharply focused on safety. However, the project was quickly put on hold to await the outcome of the Affordable Care Act and how the legislation might affect the direction of its capital spending. In the meantime, WellStar continued its research on a new building by participating in The Center for Health Design’s (CHD) Pebble Project initiative.
Through the Pebble Project, Haney and his team visited peer facilities and heard from others on what they’d done on their own projects. “If I’d just researched all of this, I wouldn’t have soaked in all the knowledge that I did at this level,” Haney says. “The educational value of visual research by visiting other sites was extremely valuable.” He also says the effort allowed the team to think more innovatively and incorporate approaches into the building design that may not have been considered before. Please continue reading (click here).
The WellStar East Cobb Health Park is set to open on September 15. It was recently spotlighted in the Marietta Daily Journal. For the past few years, WellStar Health System has worked with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare for area residents. This health park venue offers a variety of out-patient services and wellness opportunities. The vision for these parks is to bring the services closer to the communities which they serve. Each park will become an integral part of the community and be utilized for medical services but also to serve such needs as fitness and health education. To read the MDJ article, please click here.