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Construction update: Projects to watch

By Dena Smith | Emory Report | Aug. 29, 2012

Health Sciences Research Building
Health Sciences Research Building
Woodruff Circle realignment project

Woodruff Circle realignment project

Freshman Residential Complex

Hamilton Holmes Hall, part of the Freshman Residential Complex

Oxford College

Oxford College Quad

Emory Village pocket park

Emory Village pocket park

Emory Point

Emory Point

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Those returning to campus this fall may notice new developments as construction continues on projects at Emory and in the surrounding community:

Woodruff Circle realignment project

Woodruff Circle has been realigned to create a safer, more efficient hub for shuttle buses and pedestrians. A new drop-off and pick-up area is now accessible from Means Drive. The project is expected for completion in mid-fall.

Emory University Hospital expansion

Site preparations for the Emory University Hospital expansion have begun, with construction to begin this fall. The nine-story, 210-bed tower on Clifton Road will bring new critical space that includes operating and intensive care unit rooms. Completion is expected in 2016.

Health Sciences Research Building

The 200,000-square-foot, five-story Health Sciences Research Building will expand research initiatives in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and will include collaborative pediatrics research with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, along with research for other School of Medicine programs and the Winship Cancer Institute. The building will incorporate a 150-seat auditorium, a café and collaboration space in a bridge across Haygood Drive. The complex is expected to be completed in April 2013.

Freshman Residential Complex

The construction, redesign and grouping of freshmen residence halls consolidates freshmen housing near the academic core of campus. The newest component, Hamilton Holmes Hall, is now open. Trimble Hall was demolished over the summer to make way for the construction of Freshman Housing Phase Five, expected to be completed 2014. Both Hamilton Holmes Hall and Freshman Phase Five are anticipated to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

Oxford College

An intense period of campus restoration and renovation began in May. The Oxford quad has been converted to a pedestrian-only zone.

Historic Language Hall (1874) is under a complete renovation and will reopen for spring semester. Trusses supporting the roof of Williams Gymnasium (Old Gym, 1907) have been repaired and the slate covering is being restored. Construction on a new library and academic commons is in full swing, and the new facility will open in time for fall semester 2013.

Emory Village pocket park

The nonprofit Alliance to Improve Emory Village has spearheaded creation of a new public space in the revitalized Emory Village. Work on the roughly 8,000-square-foot park on North Oxford Road near the Emory Village roundabout wraps up this fall, with installation of a water feature, landscaping and seating areas. For more information, visit emoryvillage.org.

Emory Point

Emory Point, located on Clifton Road across from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, folds apartments, retail and dining into one destination. Residents recently began moving in. Retailers and restaurants will begin to open this fall. For more information, visit emory-point.com.

For more information on all construction projects at Emory, visit construction.emory.edu.