Campus News

April 26, 2010

New residence hall, research building rise

'Old' Turman will soon be the site of a new pediatric research building.

When the academic year begins in August, expect to see a new phase of student housing completed and a few former residential buildings gone.

Demolition will occur this summer on the facility officially known as the Pollard Turman Residential Center, but commonly known as the Turman Complex, or ‘Old’ Turman. Since its construction in 1983, the complex housed undergraduates for over a quarter century, and for a period of time last year, served as housing for students with H1N1.

While Turman West, one section of the complex, was demolished in 2007, the remaining structures, Turman North and South, should be gone by end of summer.

In their place, a new research building will be constructed with a significant focus on pediatric research that reinforces the synergies between Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Emory’s new research building will support joint research initiatives with CHOA as it advances its strategic plan to be one of the elite children’s hospitals in the country.

Across campus, construction advances on the next phase in Emory’s Freshman Housing Complex.

The Freshman Housing Complex was envisioned in Emory’s Master Plan as a means of consolidating freshman near the core of campus and enhancing their shared, overall freshman experience. A “new” Turman Hall opened in 2007 as the first of a series of state-of-the-art residence halls. Evans and Few halls opened as the second phase of the Freshman Housing Complex in 2008.

Over the summer, the finishing interior touches will be made to Phase 3 of the complex, a 351-bed structure recently named Longstreet-Means Hall.

The stunning building sits on the former site of two undergraduate residential facilities, Longstreet Hall and Means Hall, across from the Depot on Asbury Circle and Means Drive.

As described by Emory’s Board of Trustees Naming and Inscriptions Subcommittee, “With the demolition of the 1950s-era Longstreet Hall and Means Hall to make way for Phase 3, 50 years of alumni lost a place they could point to as a former undergraduate home. Naming the next phase for these early Emory College presidents would hark back to the old Longstreet-Means complex and would continue to memorialize these presidents on the Druid Hills Campus.”

And just a few hundred feet from Longstreet-Means Hall, the next phase of Emory’s Freshman Housing Complex is poised to begin construction early in 2011.

Phase 4 will be built between the ‘new’ Turman Hall and Trimble Hall on what is currently a parking lot near the Dobbs University Center. There is no name for the next hall yet, but it will house approximately 125 students and should be completed in the summer of 2012 — just in time for the arrival of the class of 2016.

What’s in a name?
The new hall is named for two past presidents of Emory: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet and Alexander Means.

Longstreet and Means halls were constructed in 1955 to house the rising number of students enrolling at Emory.

Longstreet was Emory College’s second president from 1840-1848.  He was a minister, newspaper editor, judge and planter.

Means, though president for only one year (1854-1855), was one of the earliest professors at Emory College. Means taught chemistry at what is now Emory School of Medicine.

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