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.
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Editor’s note: The following article by Paulla Shetterly, principal and director of Interior Design with CDH Partners, recently appeared in Church Executive Magazine.
“Some among the next generation of believers have become disillusioned with the traditional worship environment. Because of this, we, as designers, have had to rethink how we address the needs of today’s culture without repositioning the timeless truths of the church. It’s a tactical process often involving theming worship and student environments. I’ve learned that the designs must be progressive, because congregations — students and their parents — are progressive.
This can be a huge challenge for churches. Students want to hear truth, but they want it presented in a way that speaks to their needs and their personal experiences. Theming has become very popular because it represents a commitment, an investment and a buy-in to the lives of others — particularly students and children. Students are looking for churches that offer an intentional worship experience. How a church deals with this often boils down to the design of a facility.
How it takes shape
In designing a worship space for children, we adjust the scale of the themed environment to fit their perspectives. Colors are more intense, elements are added to fit their age group, and areas are designed to be fun and full of natural light. We want them to be eager to go to church and eager to return. We also design secure check-in areas and systems.
A major challenge for many churches is creating areas that look and feel like the age group that will be using them. If a church is going to grow and retain its students, the spaces must be sophisticated places of engagement and also take advantage of the latest in technology. Designs should incorporate lighting, color schemes and surfaces that are colorful and durable. Please click here to continue reading
Editor’s note: The following article recently appeared in the online Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners designed the WellStar Pediatric Center, which is located on Barrett Parkway. The facility is scheduled to open on July 7,
When children step into the new WellStar Pediatric Center, they’ll think they walked into the ocean, not a doctor’s office. The 20,000-square-foot pediatric doctor’s office, which cost about $13 million, will open July 7 on Barrett Parkway near Cobb Parkway. The walls are painted light blue and green and the hallways, decorated with bubbles, seaweed and fish, curve through the building like waves.The one-floor building provides an environment that’s fun and inviting for children, said Dr. Avril Beckford, the chief pediatric officer for WellStar Health System and a member of its board.
“Our vision for this center was that a parent could walk in and feel like they were completely at home, and that it’s fun and it’s welcoming,” Beckford said.
Editor’s note: In the recent issue of Designer Magazine, Paulla Shetterly addresses the subject of flooring finishes.
In the article she explains, “Many faith-based spaces operate up to six days a week, durability is a huge concern when it comes to flooring. This has resulted in expanding material selections from porcelain tile to luxury vinyl tile that emulates the look and feel of wood. Clear here to continue reading.
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.”
Redan High School recently received an Architectural Showcase Outstanding Project award from Learning by Design Magazine, which is the premier source for education design innovation and excellence.
The twenty-five instructional units, two-story addition and major renovation of the existing core building offer large spans of glazing and open volumes to the high school campus. The new addition frames a new architectural dialogue of clean lines and contemporary design for the campus. Veneered in a modular brick with punched openings, the form of the academic wing extends the length of the addition and pierces the media center and fine arts wing.
The media center is a focal point as an exaggerated slicing plane through the form of the simple what box.
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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.
Editor’s note: Paulla Shetterly, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, is an associate principal and director of Interior Design at CDH Partners, Inc. She has been published in design journals and magazines and is also a noted speaker. She was recently published in the December 2013 issue of Church Executive Magazine.
By Paulla Shetterly
When done right, these areas motivate, encourage, teach — and even inspire kids to draw their parents to church.
While youth and children’s spaces in the church are designed to motivate, encourage and teach principles that last a lifetime, they also need to be fun environments where kids can be kids — and be inspired to invite others to join them.
When a designer has a heart for this type of work, he or she will seek to create places that capture the imagination of the children and the youth who use them. In fact, this needs to be a primary goal.
During the master planning process, a plan can change many times. But, one thing that needs to remain constant is the designer’s commitment to the church’s mission. Be very deliberate with this.
Then, when a vision for a particular youth ministry begins to take shape, the vision for the space will also become clear. Click here to continue reading.
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.
Preparing to place stone and WellStar signage.
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.
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.
Recently, general contractors Brasfield Gorrie hosted a “Topping Out” party for the WellStar East Cobb Health Park. CDH Partners is the architectural firm for the project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Much like the Acworth Health Park, the East Cobb three-story 205,000 sf 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 have a three-story parking and contain a 20,000 sf ambulatory surgery center along with an atrium, a café, a retail pharmacy, and space for community education.
Front entrance with CDH signage.
Tate McKee, senior vice president and division manager for Brasfield and Gorrie, with Bill Chigwidden, who is founding principal and president of CDH Partners.
CDH team members at the Topping Off party: Carine Kroko, Scott Arnold, and John Harcharic.
The front of the Health Park takes shape with a familiar WellStar look.
The three story atrium reaches its final height.
Construction workers and WellStar leadership and CDH teams gather to celebrate.
Looking out to the area that will be the front of the Health Park.
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.
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.
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.