Emory University J-Wing Hospital Expansion


Emory University


Construction Cost
$244 Million

Completion Date

Project Size
818,000 SF

Emory University J-Wing Hospital Expansion


The expansion represents an important addition to the Emory University Hospital System located on Clifton Road in Atlanta, Georgia. The J-wing Expansion is a 10 story hospital building on top of a 4 story below grade parking deck. The hospital includes 210 inpatient beds dispersed across several floors, several operating rooms, imaging and diagnostic rooms, and various ancillary services.

The new hospital is directly adjacent to and ties into Clinic B, and is connected to The Emory Clinic, the CAP Lobby, The Emory Hospital, Lowergate Parking Deck, and Winship Cancer Center through a massive network of single story and multi-story pedestrian bridges. The new bridge network is elaborate and curvilinear which on the surface appears complex. In order to simplify the bridge structure, Walter P Moore used Parametric Modeling techniques for design. Various optimization algorithms were studied to arrive at the most efficient (least structural material) geometric configuration for each portion of the bridge. Our parametric modeling tools were also used to arrive at a geometry that was as simple and easy to construct as possible, while maintaining the architectural vision of our client.

Logistics challenges abound with construction phasing of the new J-wing and the associated bridge network. Walter P Moore was instrumental in providing the client and contractor with various options of building specific portions of the structure in a phased manner, along with temporary structures as needed to facilitate construction and keep the adjacent hospital and parking facilities fully operational.