New hospital tower: Expanding capacity for caring
The new Emory University Hospital tower opened in summer 2017, across Clifton Road from the original EUH building. The new tower has 232 beds (including 40 for critical care) and 450,000 square feet of space on nine levels, plus 500 underground parking spaces and a pedestrian bridge concourse connecting both EUH buildings, Emory Clinic, and Winship Cancer Institute. The tower houses a pharmacy, a boutique for cancer patients with special product needs, and Clifton Cafe, with healthy food choices and a demonstration kitchen where patients and families can learn tips on healthy cooking for their specific condition.
The tower is both high tech and energy efficient. Emergency generators trigger within nine seconds of a power outage and can keep the building fully operational for days. The building also heats and cools its own water and consumes 20% less energy than a typical hospital.
The tower was designed and built to minimize environmental impact and is expected to earn Silver LEED certification. Trees removed at tower construction were replaced by approximately three times that number planted at various Emory locations, and the wood removed from trees was salvaged for lumber and other building elements inside the tower. Dirt displaced by the building was hauled to the Fugees Academy in Clarkston to build a soccer field for young refugees.