Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
AIA Georgia, Peoples’ Choice Award, 2018
Set in a historic residential neighborhood, the 16-story bed tower enhances the patient experience by improving access to quality healthcare services at Piedmont Atlanta’s main campus. The west façade connects the curved tower to the original hospital.
Phase one opened in 2020 with 84 critical care beds and 48 acute care beds throughout the first 10 floors. The tower houses the Piedmont Heart Institute, Marcus Heart and Vascular Center, and Samsky Invasive Cardiovascular Services Center. It features six operating rooms for cardiovascular procedures, eight cath labs, and four electrophysiology labs. The facility also includes two hybrid operating rooms, five general operating rooms, and sterile processing and supply, along with a 720-vehicle parking garage and central energy plant below the building.
Phase two is slated to begin in 2022 with plans to build out the six remaining floors over a six-year period, adding 84 critical care beds and 192 acute care beds.
The subterranean central energy plant is designed to support both phases. It contains a new 12 MW utility plant, a 9 MW dual fed MTM electrical service, and three paralleled 3 MW, 4160 volt generators to provide code-required emergency power loads. A 1500 KVA central building uninterruptible power supply protects hardware and mission critical applications. The plant also includes a 4500-ton chilled water system, a dedicated 300-ton air-cooled chiller for the data center, and 20 computer room air conditioning units located throughout the building.
Integrated project delivery and Lean construction principles were used to enhance team collaboration as well as improve productivity and efficiency. The project team participated in monthly in-person Integrated Design and Construction Team (IDCT) meetings known as “Big Room” meetings. These meetings helped advance the design by fostering an environment of open communication and collaboration among the owner, architect, MEP engineers, contractor, and major trade subcontractors.
By embracing teamwork and collaboration, the team opened the first phase in April 2020 to provide critical beds for COVID-19 patients, nearly four months ahead of schedule.