The nine-story, 450,000-square-foot building, known as the J-Wing, is centrally located within the university campus, providing 232 patient beds, as well as associated diagnostic and treatment spaces. Patient care units in the large teaching hospital were designed for both cancer and transplant patients.
WSP USA provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering for the project on behalf of the clients, which included SmithGroupJJR, architect; BDR, program manager; and the owner, Emory University.
The $254 million J-Wing opened its first two floors to patients in August, and was fully operational by late 2017. The new hospital expansion provides a wide range of medical services, including bone marrow transplant, hematology and medical oncology, critical care, intensive care, dialysis, laboratory services and imaging.
The exterior of the hospital features a striking marble façade, and includes a 500-space underground parking garage for easy access to the facility.
The site also features pedestrian overpass bridges that provide safer crossings for students, patients and staff between the hospital buildings.
“They are massive—including one that is a double decker—and are really beautiful and intricate,” said April Woods, WSP’s project manager and lead mechanical engineer. “A lot of time was spent designing the bridges to provide a connection to the existing hospital and clinics, which is especially important in the humid climate. The bridges have become a focal point of the facility.”