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2018 Design-Build Institute of America Award for the Southeast Region

Evergreen Construction and Camellia Place Assisted Living Facility Win the 2018 Design-Build Institute of America Award for the Southeast Region

Evergreen Construction has received the 2018 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Award for their work at Camellia Place Assisted Living Facility. The DBIA Award is an annual, nationwide honor that celebrates the best Design-Build teams and projects of various sizes and sectors.

From the outset, Evergreen Construction collaborated with architect Collins Cooper Carusi to make Camellia Place a unique assisted living experience. The vision for the community was to create a space that truly aided the well-being and memory care of residents while also invoking a neighborhood-style feeling. To accomplish this, the facility broke away from the standard “one building” model in favor of a cluster of six residential homes with a community building at the center.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the end result,” says Lauren Clifton, Founding Partner of Camellia Place. “Our uniquely designed and built neighborhood household model is one-of-a-kind in the senior living industry. Evergreen exceeded our goal of creating a unique campus-style assisted living community for seniors that is a revolutionary departure from the status quo.”

Officially opened in 2016, Camellia Place continues to provide a sense of comfort in a private neighborhood atmosphere. The facility’s guiding philosophy is “Adding Life to Years.” This philosophy is realized through thoughtful details, such as organized social activities, careful choice of colors and lighting, intimate spaces for social connections, paved walking trails, and proactive medical care. All of these details ensure healthy, thriving, and socially-fulfilled residents and staff.

“Exceptional thought was put into all details to make it feel comforting and safe,” says Roger Ashley, President of Evergreen Construction. “There is nothing institutional about the entire facility; the goal was to make every house feel like a home, with the complex feeling like a community.”

The 2018 DBIA Award cements Camellia Place’s position as a truly caring community of distinction while maintaining Evergreen Construction’s place as a group of talented, top-notch Design-Build professionals.

“This beautiful place really makes our credo of “Adding Life to Years” a reality for our residents, their families, and our staff,” says Clifton.



About Evergreen Construction: Evergreen Construction is a full service multi-disciplinary general contractor and construction management firm offering comprehensive construction services including pre-construction consulting, construction management, general contracting and design/build services for new buildings as well as renovations and alterations to existing facilities. The Evergreen Experience encompasses Evergreen’s commitment to delivering outstanding results through collaboration, professionalism, integrity and clear and consistent communication.


About The Design-Build Institute of America: The Design-Build Institute of America is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. DBIA represents the entire design and construction industry. As an institute, their primary objective is to provide education, training, networking and support to all players involved in the design and construction industry. Members span the entire spectrum of design and construction professionals, including architects, engineers, specialty contractors, owners, consultants, lawyers, business development professionals, students and teachers. Non-members are also welcome to participate in courses, conferences and in earning their certification. In addition to the DBIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., a network of 14 Regions work collaboratively to deliver products and services to members and customers.


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Health Care 20/20: Atlanta’s health care leaders reveal what keeps them up at night

We are very proud of Camellia Place’s own, Andrew McFall  Partner, Executive Director.  He was asked to join a panel on the Business of Aging and the future of our Seniors in America. This is an extremely distinguished panel of recognized leaders in the “new” way to approach Assisted Living.

A wide range of issues, from preparing for the growing aging population to cybersecurity, keep some of the top health care leaders in metro Atlanta up at night.

Speaking Thursday morning at Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health Care 20/20 event, representatives of Piedmont Healthcare, Navicent Health, WellStar Health System and Gwinnett Medical Center discussed how they manage uncertainty, successful initiatives, collaboration and consumerism.

Chris Kane, principal at Progressive Healthcare Inc., moderator of the “Health Care Planning In Uncertain Times” discussion, asked the panelists what kept them up at night, and how they made decisions – based on data, or from the gut.

“Look at the health care model — there’s no other industry out there where the majority of your revenues are fixed but your expenses can grow and can grow exponentially,” said Thomas Shepherd, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Gwinnett Medical Center. “Last year, just looking at pharmaceuticals, it was a 23 percent increase in pharmaceuticals. So when you think of a budget the size that we have that is a huge impact. You have to figure out what you can make up differentially on the revenue side.

“A lot of businesspeople are sitting here looking at me and saying, ‘Yeah but look at all that money you are billing.’ Well, when you are only paid cents on the dollar against your costs, that’s quite different than getting a dollar for a dollar, if you are a tire establishment or if you are selling consulting services.”

Shepherd said he is also concerned about the coming jump in the over-65 population.

“It becomes exponential here in a few years … and I am not sure we will be ready for some of these services,” he said.

Christopher Cornue, chief strategy and chief innovation officer, Navicent Health, said he relies more heavily on data than his gut in making decisions.

“As a result, we are trying to get access to as much data as possible and (create) a data warehouse so that we can actually gain insights from that data and make very strong, informed decisions,” Cornue said. “I also think that from a strategic perspective, one of the things that keeps us up and really makes me worry a little bit more is when we develop these strategies that are going to be core for our future relevance, our future sustainability, how do we go ahead and execute quickly?

“Because we recognize that the speed by which things are changing – of course I am not saying anything which is new to anybody in the audience – but the speed is so quick and when we identify what the strategies look like – and I am sure that many of the strategies that we all have up on stage are all probably very similar – but it’s the speed by which, and the expertise by which, we are able to execute. So that is probably the crux, where we try to get strategy and execution together.”

Kem Mullins, executive vice president, ambulatory division and business development, WellStar Health System, agreed that economic challenges and the rate of change were issues.

“But at the end of the day, what personally keeps me up at night is what am I doing to ensure that we are providing the right care, at the right place, at the right time? And you know because we have a growing population, and an aging population that means that we have to come up with innovative ways to rechannel the care delivery model,” Mullins said. “And with these economic challenges, where are you finding the knowledge to do that?”

That led Mullins to another sleep-blocking concern.

“One other item for me personally is what are we doing to attract and retain top talent? When you look at the delivery of health care, it is very personal. It’s very, very dependent on the humanistic element,” he said.

No matter how much a health system expands and invests in technology, “if you don’t have the right people, you can fail in your mission,” Mullins said. “And this is a very competitive landscape when it comes to having the best nurses or the best doctors. I think that competition is good. I think it’s made all of our systems better for it.”

Kevin Brown, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare, joked that he wasn’t losing sleep.

“I agree that the biggest concern is losing the patient in the midst of all the uncertainty and making sure that we don’t get away from our core purpose, which is taking care of people,” Brown said. “But I would think that technically the thing that keeps me up the most at night, that I am most worried about, really is cyber security.

“The health systems — we are just under attack. It’s an industry that’s rich in data and therefore is very rich in criminal activity and so we spend an enormous amount of resources trying to protect our patient information,” Brown said. “I worry about that just because of the pace of which the attacks are coming and it consumes a lot of resources, a lot of energy, and it’s something that obviously is very important to us.”

The Health Care 20/20 event, held Oct. 26 at the Cobb Energy and Performing Arts Centre, also included panel discussions on the impact of the opioid crisis and the aging population boom.

“Rock Bottom: A Multidimensional Look at the Opioid Crisis” was slated to include Dr. Carlton Buchanan, medical director, Emergency Services, Gwinnett Medical Center; Dr. Joseph Funk, vice chief of staff, Northside Hospital; and Gregg Raduka, director of prevention/intervention, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs. The moderator was David Rubinger, publisher and market president of Atlanta Business Chronicle.

“A Life Time of Care: The Business of Longevity and Aging” was slated to include Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, assistant professor of medicine, Emory School of Medicine, medical director, Emory Executive Health, and master clinician, Emory Department of Medicine; Sarah Farmer, research scientist and project manager for HomeLabs, Georgia Tech Research Institute; Andrew McFall, Executive Director, Camellia Place; and Katherine Pearson, director of operations, Northside Hospital Cherokee. The discussion moderator was Dr. Randy Martin, chief medical officer, Bay Labs Inc. and emeritus professor of medicine (Cardiology) Emory University, School of Medicine.

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Community Enjoys Garden Flair and Stories of UGA Coach Vince Dooley

More than 150 local leaders, residents and members of the gardening community heard famed UGA Coach and Master Gardener Vince Dooley tell his wife Barbara, “We are coming here!” at the Camellia Place inaugural event on November 5, 2015.

Coach Dooley had just heard the vision of local founding partners and owners, Denise Swords of Canton and Lauren Clifton of Atlanta, as well as landscape architect Steve Sanchez, principal at HGOR. They described how the assisted living residential community will connect residents to a two-acre park, outdoor living space that includes courtyards and large porches, nearly two miles of walking paths and more than 100 varieties of ornamental plants and blooms to enjoy year-round.
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Leadership Team Grows at Camellia Place

On Dec. 1, Andrew McFall started his new job as executive director at Camellia Place, an assisted living and memory care community on Rope Mill Road that opens in March 2016.

The hiring of McFall is the second milestone in building the organization’s leadership that includes Nathan Brandon, director of marketing and communications, and Lisa Hatton, director of sales management.

“We have built teams of professionals during our careers. But, this is special,” said Lauren Clifton of Atlanta who is a founding partner alongside Canton resident Denise Swords. “Camellia Place is a dream coming true for us. Andrew, Nathan and Lisa are part of it becoming a reality.”
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