Campus News

October 7, 2011

Take Note

Hospital bed tower gets zoning approval

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Sept. 27 to approve the Special Land Use Permit for Emory University Hospital's new bed tower on Clifton Road.

Under the plan, the new 9-story bed tower will be built in front of The Emory Clinic B and will include 210 private patient rooms, new operating rooms, and a new emergency department.  Approximately 82 patient rooms in the existing hospital will be retired for a net addition of 128 patient rooms at the hospital.

This approval was a modification of Emory's 2008 approved zoning plan. At that time, redevelopment of Emory's health sciences facilities, which included inpatient, outpatient and research facilities, was put on hold following the severe economic downturn.  Components of the earlier plan are now advancing: the bed tower announcement follows the groundbreaking over the summer for a new health sciences research building.

As part of a comprehensive effort to enhance the patient experience, new pedestrian walkways will connect the existing hospital, the new bed tower, The Emory Clinic and parking facilities.  Underground parking will be included with the new tower.

Site preparations and excavation for the new bed tower are expected to begin next year and the project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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