The new health and sciences building took 24 months to complete, said Ben Norton, senior project manager with Brasfield & Gorrie. The construction firm built the 200,000-square-foot, $68 million structure with two distinct components. One side of the building houses a wet laboratory with 90 molecular biology laboratory modules, a drug discovery laboratory module and a nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory. The other portion includes an auditorium, café and dry research space with dry laboratories, conference space, formal and informal collaboration spaces, support space, a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory suite and a 10,500-square-foot vivarium, according to a news release.
On the inspiration for the design of the building, Norton said they made sure to keep it in line with the scope of Emory’s campus.
“The marble and granite features of the health sciences research building are also reflected on other buildings throughout campus,” he said. “The interior design is comprised of glass labs and team rooms intended to foster collaboration. This collaboration is meant to carry on through the bridge connecting the building to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, allowing for true transitional research.”
This new building represents phase one of the project and Norton said there is potential for additional phases in the future according to Emory’s master plan, but that there are not any in the works as of now.
In addition to all of its features, the new construction is on track for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification.
“Sustainable building is important to both Emory University and Brasfield & Gorrie,” said Norton. “Emory requires each new campus project to reach some level of LEED certification. Lab projects of this type are huge energy consumers so Brasfield & Gorrie focused on conserving as much energy as possible using natural light and recirculated air, while seeking LEED silver certification on this building.”
The new facility will help attract top employees and students to study pediatric health care needs within the area.