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Fresh renderings: Emory breaks ground on medical complex overlooking park

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With space for startups, the 350,000-square-foot facility is on track to open in 2022

A rendering of the proposed biomedical center.
The vision for the new facility.
Renderings courtesy of Emory University

The growth of Emory University’s medical campus continues.

Emory officials announced Wednesday that crews had broken ground on the school’s second Druid Hills Health Sciences Research Building.

Funded in part by a $400 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation—half of that is helping fund Emory’s under-construction cancer facility in Midtown—the project is expected to ascend six stories above ground with two floors below.

It would stand on Haygood Drive, neighboring Health Sciences Research Building I and Druid Hills High School, near PATH’s recently expanded South Peachtree Creek Trail.

The facility is slated to offer more than 346,000 square feet of research space for imaging sciences, child health (including cancer), biomedical engineering, cardiovascular medicine, adult cancer, emerging infections, and other programs.

A rendering shows a pedestrian plaza shadowed by surrounding buildings.
A wide-angle rendering shows the height of the to-be-constructed facility.

The new facility is also anticipated to feature an “innovation zone,” where startups and entrepreneurs can hone their craft.

The building’s design caters to environmental sustainability efforts by way of sensor-controlled lighting, automated shades “for limiting heat gain and glare control,” and solar panels, officials announced this week.

Also, expect a green rooftop plaza facing Emory’s Lullwater Preserve, among other green elements that could help the institution secure LEED Gold Certification after construction wraps. Design efforts are spearheaded by global firm HOK.

Construction is expected to finish in April 2022.

A rendering shows outdoor seating and green installations below the glassy development.
A rendering shows an elevation of the building surrounded by surface parking and green space.
An interior rendering shows the modern architecture in a tall rotunda.
An interior rendering shows a winding modern staircase and communal work space.
Another rendering of an open-air plaza.
A rendering shows a view from the communal work space, with an office to the right behind glass, and the big, white atrium.
A rendering shows a white staircase beneath a chandelier made up of an array of bulbs.
A rendering of medical facilities, with research equipment in a sterile-looking environment.
Another rendering of the rotunda.