As Midtown Atlanta began to undergo a “renaissance” in early 2000, Emory University’s leadership faced the realities of running an aging hospital facility. Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), formerly known as Crawford Long, had glaring inefficiencies that were affecting patients’ decisions about healthcare providers.The hospital’s campus layout forced patients and visitors to fight for parking spaces and navigate a maze of corridors and tunnels to receive the care they needed.
At first, Emory wanted to add six operating suites, however based on the successful relationship Cousins had cultivated with Emory on previous projects – the University approached Cousins for a fresh perspective. The development team, intimately familiar with Emory’s culture, conducted an extensive physical and financial analysis, and helped Emory to see that they needed – and would benefit from – so much more. As a result of the collaborative endeavor, Emory determined a redevelopment was essential to maintain its reputation as the state’s top ranked facility in quality care.
Cousins’ analysis resulted in a master plan to improve the hospital’s efficiency and add revenue. The project consisted of a six-story, 600,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center; a 14-story, 358,000-square-foot medical office tower; an adjacent two-story education and oncology center; renovation of four existing buildings and a parking deck. The initially planned six operating suites grew to 8 out-patient and 18 in-patient suites.
The redevelopment project created a state-of-the-art “medical superblock” – consolidating 15 buildings over 14 acres into four buildings on eight acres. Cousins created gardens and soothing fountains where previously no green space existed, and along with new sidewalks and street lighting, substantially improved the area between downtown and Midtown Atlanta.Cousins redeveloped the hospital while it remained fully operational – with every department remaining open during the 30-month construction process. Cousins’ and Emory’s redevelopment plan resulted in added convenience for patients, doctors and staff, continued clinical excellence and enhanced community development. The initiative created a firsttier medical facility that set a new standard for healthcare delivery in Atlanta for the 21st century and continues to position Emory as a leader in the field.