Emory Report
July 9, 2007
Volume 59, Number 34

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July 9, 2007
Eagle Row South update

by david payne

Gilbert and Thomson residence halls, both located on Dickey Drive near the Mathematics and Science and the Atwood Chemistry buildings, are in the final stages of demolition as part of the realignment of Eagle Row South. The shift in path for Eagle Row will provide additional space for new academic buildings included in Emory’s master plan.

These halls were built in 1947 and included many distinctive building features — clay roof tiles; exterior lamps; and ornamental ironwork above the exterior hall doors — that were salvaged for re-use elsewhere on campus.

After the residence halls are completely removed, the new Eagle Row will continue from the Peavine Parking Deck over the former site of the two residence halls, and connect directly with Oxford Road. Dickey Drive and Dowman Drive will both be extended to connect with Eagle Row. The former student parking lot behind Gilbert and Thomson Halls will be removed in part and reforested with new trees.

During the road construction, the existing Eagle Row, Dickey Drive and Dowman Drive will all remain open with periodic single lane closures. The Peavine Parking Deck and the Peavine South visitors parking lot will also remain open during this project.

The completion of Eagle Row and its connection with Oxford Road is expected to occur in October.

Changes on the horizon along Haygood Road

Starting this month, Emory should see several changes along Haygood Road that support the evolution of the University’s student housing plans, the improvement of traffic flow, and the enhancement of its world-class health care at facilities on Clifton Road.

As part of the University’s student housing initiative, which will include housing more undergraduates on the University’s core campus and its Clairmont Campus, student beds will gradually move from the Turman residence complex on Haygood Road over the next two years.

Turman West residence hall and deli, located on Haygood Road near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the “Rock House,” home to Emory’s testing and evaluation department, will be removed beginning in July. The testing and evaluation services will relocate to the former American Cancer Society building.

The other buildings in the Turman residence complex will remain open and house undergraduate students during the upcoming 2007–08 academic year. With the opening of the new Turman Hall on the main campus and an increase in undergraduate beds on the Clairmont campus, there will be no loss of bed capacity for undergraduates.

This fall, after the Turman West residence hall and Rock House are cleared, construction of the first phase of the new Haygood Parking Deck will begin on that site. The deck construction is projected to begin in October and end in September 2008.

This first phase of the Haygood Parking Deck is significant because it will provide replacement parking for spaces that will be lost when the new clinic complex at Clifton and Gambrell roads is built. Part of the new clinic complex will sit on the current site of the old sorority houses. Last year, all of the sororities moved to the new Sorority Village on Eagle Row.

Following the 2007-08 academic years, the remainder of the Turman housing complex will be razed and those student beds will move to Emory’s newer residence halls. A future second phase of the Haygood Parking Deck will be constructed on that site.