Project category: New construction (completed December 2002)

Chief administrator: Al Blackwelder, Chief Executive Officer, (404) 686-2450

Firms: HKS, Inc., (214) 969-5599; Pickard Chilton, (203) 786-8600

Design team: Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, Designer (HKS, Inc.); Jon Pickard, Design Architect (Pickard Chilton); James F. George, Vice-President, Development (Cousins Real Estate Corp.); Bruce Lady, Project Director (Skanska USA); Dan Roe, PE, Project Manager (CCRD Partners)

Photography: Ed LaCasse; Phillip Spears

Total building area (sq. ft.): 500,000 (Hospital); 374,000 (Medical Office Tower)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $251 (Hospital); $59 (Medical Office Tower)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $125,568,000 (Hospital); $21,908,340 (Medical Office Tower)


The expansion of Emory Crawford Long Hospital, which is located in midtown Atlanta, further augments the size of one of the Southeast's largest and most prominent hospitals. The new Emory Crawford Long Hospital is an 874,000-square-foot project including a five-story diagnostic and treatment center with a medical office tower built at its top and an adjacent two-story education and oncology center.

The program includes significant expansion of the emergency department, diagnostic imaging area, operating rooms, heart center, maternity center, cancer ser-vices, and educational/conference space. It further enhances Emory Crawford Long Hospital as a leading teaching institution, community hospital, and healthcare provider.

The interior design concept is supported throughout the facility by the introduction of tone-on-tone textures in natural shades of green. Utilization of patterns, with subtle grids and grids with overlaying curves, supports the entire concept for all floors. The building's interior incorporates a balanced, historic design evoking a sense of strong leadership in healthcare delivery. Today, the interior architecture and design support the hospital's progressive mission and maintain its stature in the community, while creating an environment that supports healing, reduces stress, and increases staff efficiency.

The client's vision for this new hospital was to consolidate services in a leading-edge facility—serving the city's growing population while maintaining its landmark status in the community. The redevelopment of the hospital also complements the visions of Central Atlanta Progress and the Midtown Alliance's blueprint master plan to stimulate new development, provide direction for public improvements, and enhance the pedestrian environment.