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Emory University Health Sciences Research Building

Greening the blueprint

Project Facts

Location Atlanta, Georgia
Owner Emory University
Size 208,000 SF
Cost $65 million
Status Completed 2013
Certifications LEED Silver


This new biomedical research facility at Emory University was designed to house a premier collaborative research community within a sustainable build. Through a collaborative design approach, Walter P Moore answered the call for a forward-facing environmental development that met the very specific requirements for state-of-the-art scientific research. This pioneering facility provides space for pediatric and cancer research, laboratory modules for drug discovery, a vivarium, and clinical office space.

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About the project

Opening a door to innovative structural solutions, Walter P Moore leveraged the collective knowledge of our Healthcare Community of Practice. Drawing from the experience of our entire company, Walter P Moore’s collaborative design approach allowed us to efficiently determine the best structural and sustainable strategies for the Emory University Health Sciences Research Building.

The resulting design included a framing system which not only minimized column sizes and beam depths but also met the stringent vibration criteria essential for the building’s specialized research activities. The resulting building boasts more than 10,000 square feet of laboratory space, and a 6,000-square-foot, two-story pedestrian bridge that connects with the Emory Children’s Center.

In step with Emory University’s commitment to sustainability, the Health Sciences Research Building achieved LEED Silver Certification in 2015. To further the university’s eco-conscious goals, Walter P Moore strategically implemented a plan to maximize cement replacement. By reducing the embodied energy of the structure, we have contributed to the project’s environmentally responsible design and construction. Our involvement in this project reflects a dedication to delivering cutting-edge structural engineering solutions that support the needs of advanced research and sustainable building practices.