Emory University Health Sciences Research Building
Emory University Health Sciences Research Building
Emory University Health Sciences Research Building

Health Sciences Research Building
at Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University

Project Size:
200,000 sq ft


LEED® Silver certified

ENR Southeast Best Projects Award

The Emory University Health Sciences Research Building encompasses 200,000 sq ft, with four stories above ground and one floor below grade. This building is the first phase of a new campus biomedical research precinct designed to attract and retain talent and foster collaboration. The project supports translational research, taking advantage of the adjacency of both Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Emory Children’s Center to foster research that translates observation of pediatric and other health concerns from bedside to bench and translates applicable research from bench to bedside for improved medical outcomes.

The building consists of two functional components: a wet laboratory building and a tower containing an auditorium, cafe, and dry research space that also serves as the point of connection for the dry research and circulation bridge. This bridge extends across Haygood Drive and connects the new building to the Emory Children’s Center, adjacent to CHOA and the home of Emory’s Department of Pediatrics. The 160-foot-long, 35-foot-wide, two-story, 140-ton bridge was constructed completely on the ground and then raised into place in one lift to minimize disruption to busy Haygood Drive.

The Health Sciences Research Building includes wet research laboratories, including 90 molecular biology laboratory modules (60 pediatrics, 20 cancer, 8 drug discovery, 2 additional), a drug discovery laboratory module, and a nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory. The dry research area includes dry laboratories, conferencing space, formal and informal collaboration spaces, and support spaces. Also included are a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory suite in the core laboratory and a 10,500 sq ft vivarium.