Brasfield & Gorrie Finishes Research Building

June 25, 2013

New health sciences building part of growing research community

Atlanta, Georgia (June 25, 2013) Emory University has opened the doors to a leading-edge research center that will serve as a home to research endeavors that could significantly improve the quality of children’s healthcare. The facility represents the first phase of a new biomedical research community on the Emory University campus that creates a collaborative culture and attracts the top talented employees and students to study pediatric healthcare needs within the area.

The 200,000 sq ft, $68 million building houses two distinct components. One portion of the building is wet laboratory space comprised of 90 molecular biology laboratory modules, a drug discovery laboratory module and a nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory.

A separate portion of the building includes an auditorium, café, and dry research space that houses dry laboratories, conference space, formal and informal collaboration spaces, support space, a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory suite and a 10,500 sq ft vivarium.

The building connects to Emory Children’s Center via a circulation bridge extending across Haygood Drive. The two-story, 200-ton bridge measures 180 feet long and 350 feet wide and was erected almost entirely on the ground before being lifted into place. The new research building is adjacent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and the home of Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics.

Brasfield & Gorrie worked with Emory University on the project as well as architect ZGF. The building is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.

“This facility marks a new research era for Emory University, providing for advanced research to identify severe medical conditions among children and determine ways to combat those conditions,” said Dave Naeger, Regional Vice President at Brasfield & Gorrie. “This is an exciting time for Emory as it continues to grow, and we are proud to be part of these positive changes and hope to partner with the University again in the near future to further expand its campus.”

About Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2012 revenues were $2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31st among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2013.