Saturday, March 23, 2013

Portuguese Pink Marble, White Marble and Granite at Emory

This bridge leads to the stunning new Health Sciences Research Building at Emory University. In the following picture the labs are on the left, the hospital on the right.

Steve Lange, Capital Planner for Emory University, gave me a tour on March 7. I'm in awe.

It was finished, folks were cleaning up and working on punch lists. I felt like I needed to remove my shoes.

It's full of laboratories and lab support facilities. It was immaculate as it will never be again once the labs crank up.

I asked Steve if this is good old Georgia marble. No. The white and pink marble and the granite are from Portugal. Ponder that.

Though the stone is from Europe, the building meets Emory design standards: marble clad, clerestory-look top floor, overhanging roof, Ludowici Roof Tile. I'm not sure they could build the Canon Chapel today.

We visited the penthouse. From here you can see red-roofed Emory Buildings. The glass curtain walled building belongs to CDC not Emory.

There's a walkway on the south edge of the bridge, the rest is flexible office and meeting space.

Steve said the architects specified 9 different gradations of the white marble. They settled for 4 grades.

Can you imagine the aesthetic puzzle of mixing the marble on this scale? Someone with the "eye" needed to select the right block for each space. How'd they do?

This is the Penthouse home of the mechanicals, water recovery, heat exchangers, nasty stuff HEPA filers. The labs will be home to some knarley chemical and biological materials. The infrastructure has to keep the power on, the workers safe and the nasty stuff contained. It's beautiful up there. I love those mechanical engineers.

The clay tile is decorative. This panel is vertical. I'm looking straight up.

Here is a view looking north from the bridge from behind the world's largest Emory sign. I'm on the second floor of the bridge.

I was right behind the "R."

From the bridge looking SE on Haygood Druid Hills High School is on the left. See the school busses?

I'm unable to convey how beautiful and light-filled it is inside. Here are some aerial construction pictures.

I remain in awe. Thanks to Steve Lange and to Emory for look inside.

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  1. Thank you for this: Emory has some great to good architecture amid the banality, and has re-purposed some old buildings well.
    As an alumni, I'm torn: they are building some lovely buildings, against a background of throwing a bunch of Liberal Arts programs over the side.

  2. Thanks so much for profiling our new building and the bridge. As they often do, Emory went above and beyond. I assume you've visited the School of Medicine Building, which opened in 2007. Stunning building which includes a brand new building and two historic 1920s buildings which were overhauled and integrated. A great space.

    Wendy Darling
    Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University

    1. No, I only see things though serendipity. What we REALLY want to see is The Whitehead Memorial Room. Don't have a clue about how to see it.

      Colleges et al don't know how much design fans would enjoy visits. Publicizing ribbon cuttings and grand openings to design fans would be a good thing. I find out by accident once in a while. Most places will never be open to the public.

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