Emory Report

April 6, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 27

Several construction projects
set to break ground will
incorporate new master plan

As the Emory community gets its first look at the recently completed Campus Master Plan this week, several individual projects featured in the plan are well into the planning stages, with work to get underway soon.

Projects now under construction include Woodruff Library's addition, which is nearly complete-the building will be dedicated April 22-and the Yerkes Vaccine Research Center. Site work is in progress on the $13 million Yerkes project, and excavation for foundations will begin this week, according to John Fields, director of project management and construction.

This summer will see the expansion of the well-received North Kilgo pedestrian walkway into a cul de sac on Asbury Circle behind Candler Library, stretching down to Pierce Drive. Project Manager Hector Morales said work on the $1.2 million project will get underway right after Memorial Day and should be completed by the start of fall semester.

"That area will basically be closed off to daily traffic-only shuttle buses, emergency vehicles and some service vehicles will get through," Morales said. "We're also going to reinforce the bridge in front of Cox Hall so it can handle firetruck traffic and do some extensive landscaping, make it nicer for people."

Fields said a $720,000 greenhouse for the biology department will begin construction this summer, and both Bishop's Hall and Glenn Church School will have their windows replaced.

A number of other, much larger projects are in various planning stages and should see ground broken by the turn of the century. The long-discussed medical research building, performing arts center, new nursing school and Science 2000 facility have been indentified as priorities by President Bill Chace, and architects and engineers have been selected for each.

For the nursing school, the architectural firm of Stang and Newdow (teamed with master planners Ayers/Saint/ Gross) is setting up initial meetings with health sciences administrators while creating contractual agreements. A site is set to be proposed this month for the $20 million facility, likely at the corner of Clifton and Houston Mill roads. The building is estimated to have five floors, with the bottom floor nestled into the sloping terrain.

HOK Architects will work on the medical research laboratory building, a $75 million project. Health sciences is securing funding for this "generic lab" building in which several departments are scheduled for relocation. In the master plan, Ayers/Saint/Gross has identified the area south of Rollins Research Building as the site for the new facility.

A new design for site approval was due April 1 for the performing arts center, courtesy of Michael Dennis and Associates. The design incorporates the open surface parking bay of Fishburne Deck and turns the front door of the concert hall to face North Decatur Road. A schematic design is set to be completed by the end of May.

Phase one of Science 2000 is a $22 million project, and the architect will be Cooper Carry and Associates. Fields said FMD is reviewing preliminary plans for the facility and cannot say exactly when work will begin.

A number of other projects are also on the docket, including a cancer center, a performing arts center at Oxford, a parking deck for University Apartments, a new Facilities Management Division headquarters, an alumni center and campus edge and open space projects. Emory Report will feature a comprehensive look at the new master plan in the April 20 issue.

"We've got an awful lot of planning going on right now, not much construction," Fields said. "[But soon] there will be a lot of work, and there will be some utility infrastructure projects too. The campus needs to understand that we're growing, and we will benefit off that ultimately, but there is a little bit of pain in getting there."

-Michael Terrazas

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