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With trees, building toppled, Piedmont Hospital starts work on flashy new tower

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When complete, the new 16-story, curved tower of glass will house more than 400 hospital beds, operating rooms

Work behind a construction fence, with signs reading “Construction Entrance Only” and “Building a Better Piedmont.”
Demolition work is wrapping up on the site.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

During this year’s Peachtree Road Race, the run up Cardiac Hill offered a far different scene than in years past.

The forested entry to Piedmont Hospital, which once greeted runners as they crested Peachtree Road in Buckhead, has been overtaken by construction fences and cranes.

Demolition of the former Sheffield Medical Building and removal of hundreds of trees has cleared the way for construction of a new tower to house 408 patient beds and 10 operating rooms.

Late last month, the hospital officially marked the groundbreaking of the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center tower to front Peachtree Road.

Outside Piedmont today.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

According to the hospital, the 16-story tower will be completed in September 2020, bringing 132 beds in the initial phase. Over the course of the subsequent six years, interior work will complete a new floor each year, ultimately increasing the tower to its final capacity in 2026.

The facility is needed as the hospital is already at 80 percent capacity, and growth within the city is expected to boost patient numbers, officials say.

The view two years ago.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta