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Construction projects advance university goals

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | Aug. 21, 2014

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A rendering of Emory's new water reclamation facility, which could save 146 million gallons of potable water each year. Photo via construction.emory.edu

Multiple construction projects continue this fall as Emory University and Emory Healthcare strive to provide even better facilities for learning, living and working, all with an eye toward sustainability.

Several key projects were completed over the summer, including Raoul Hall, Emory's newest first-year dorm, and Phase II of the Candler School of Theology building, the new home of the Pitts Theology Library.

Among the construction projects under way this fall:

Briarcliff property: Site preparation has begun at Emory's Briarcliff property to allow for construction of a new 55,000-square-foot Library Service Center, a joint project of Emory and Georgia Tech that will serve as an offsite library archives and processing center. Anticipated completion is Fall 2015.

Chemistry Center addition: A five-story, 70,000-square-foot addition to the Atwood Chemistry Center will create additional research and instructional space for the chemistry department, while renovation of 40,000 square feet of the existing Atwood Chemistry Center provides labs, office and support space. The addition is slated for completion in May 2015.

Emory University Hospital bed tower: Construction continues for the new bed tower, located near Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road. The new tower will feature 450,000 square feet on nine levels, providing 210 patient beds as well as associated diagnostic and treatment spaces, ICU rooms, care units for cancer and transplants, and much more. Anticipated completion is 2017.

Emory water reclamation facility: Part of Emory's commitment to sustainability, this facility will reclaim and process wastewater for non-drinking reuse in toilets and steam and chiller plants. It will include a 2,200 hydroponic greenhouse and 1,200 square feet of hydroponic wetlands to process up to 400,000 gallons of water per day, saving up to 146 million gallons of drinkable water annually. Construction is set to be complete by the end of 2014.

Oxford College Science Building: Featuring a classical design and modern amenities, the new science building at Oxford will include classrooms, wet labs, faculty offices and collaborative spaces for astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and physics. Anticipated completion is April 2016.

Woodruff Library Tower Level 10, Phase II: University Libraries is renovating Levels 9, 10 and 11 of the Woodruff Library as the permanent home of MARBL, the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. Completed in 2013, Phase One renovated Level 9 for rare book collections and staff processing space. Phase Two will renovate Level 10 as the public face of MARBL, featuring an expanded reading room, interactive exhibit areas, technologically equipped classrooms, and gathering places. The existing exterior wall will be removed and much of the perimeter balcony space will be enclosed with the construction of a new exterior glass curtain wall between the arched openings, providing new views from the interior spaces. Selected portions of the existing balcony will be preserved affording areas to enjoy those same views from out of doors. Renovation is scheduled to be complete next summer, and MARBL will welcome students, scholars and others to its new home at the start of fall semester 2015. Additional information hosted by Emory Libraries and Information Technology Services can be found here: http://marbl.library.emory.edu/about/marbl-renovation/index.html

Emory Point: Not an official Emory project, this mixed-use development on Clifton Road combines retail shops, restaurants and apartments. Construction is currently under way on Phase II, which will add more than 300 new apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, anchored by Earth Fare, an organic grocery store. Opening is expected in Spring 2015. For details, visit emory-point.com

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