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Summer 2016
Vol. 11, Issue 02

Streetscape Improvements on Clifton Road

Starting in June, expect to see roadwork for improvements on Clifton Road between North Decatur Road and Haygood Road. The improvements to streets, sidewalks, landscaping and access points on this segment of Clifton Road will occur leading up to the completion of the new bed tower for Emory University Hospital ("J Wing") in 2017. 

These roadway investments are being made by Emory to improve the patient experience at Emory Healthcare, and to provide enhanced access for thousands of Emory University and Emory Healthcare staff, students, faculty - and patients and visitors -- who travel on Clifton Road each day. 

The construction will necessitate periodic lane closures and other inconveniences from June into 2017. Much of the re-grading and re-surfacing work will be done at night and on weekends; however, periodic lane closures during the day will also occur.

The streetscape project will significantly enhance the aesthetics of Clifton Road, create a sense of arrival at Emory, and include: 
  • A resurfacing and widening of Clifton Road from North Decatur Road to Haygood Drive, including a significant streetscape overhaul.
  • A bike lane will be added along the east side of Clifton Road (a `sharrow'- shared bike/vehicular lane will remain on the west side).
  • Sidewalks will be widened (to eight feet, plus a five- foot planted strip along the curb), and trees and other plantings will be added to new medians.
  • Georgia Power lines have been buried, creating a cleaner sightline on Clifton Road. New street lights similar to those in Emory Village will be added.
Concurrent with this road improvement project, a new pedestrian bridge will be installed over Clifton Road from the new J Wing to the existing Emory University Hospital, and the existing bridge will be removed.

The pedestrian bridge installation, which will likely take place in mid to late July, will necessitate the complete closure of Clifton Road for a weekend. During that time, general traffic will be rerouted around the work site. Ambulances and emergency room visits will be accommodated. There will be additional periodic lane closures related to the bridge installation from July through the end of the year.

Emory Purchases Executive Park

In April, Emory University announced the purchase of approximately 60 acres of property at Executive Park, located near the interchange of North Druid Hills Road and I-85. Emory purchased the property from Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC).

This significant parcel, which is in a location accessible to all of metro Atlanta, coupled with Emory's successful programs in Orthopaedics, Brain Health, Medical Science Education, Continuing Education and Health Information Technology already located in the Park, presented a once in a generation opportunity for Emory.

The site is comprised of approximately 400,000 square feet of office space. Included in the purchase are nine office buildings. Master planning for the site will occur in the future.

In a related announcement, Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club are partnering to build a first-of-its-kind training and sports medicine center at Executive Park, a short distance from the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Staffed by Emory Healthcare's clinicians, this space will not only provide medical services to the Hawks players, but it will also serve as the team's official practice site. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

This new 30,000 square foot facility will provide Hawks players with immediate access to our care team and cutting-edge equipment, providing them with faster diagnoses and treatments. In addition, Emory Healthcare will become the official hospital system and health care provider of the team.
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Library Service Center Opens

The state-of-the-art Library Service Center (LSC), created by Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology to house a shared collection amassing millions of books and other materials, formally opened in March after a joint dedication ceremony.

Stretching across 4.6 acres near the back of Emory's Briarcliff Property, the climate-controlled 55,000-square- foot facility was developed to create a seamless, unified collection of materials that will be available to faculty, staff and students at both campuses.

The LSC will house around 95 percent of Georgia Tech's collections and much of Emory's collections, with projections of more than 2 million volumes this summer. Items will be available for delivery to the main campuses at both universities.

Not only will the LSC provide optimal conditions for the secure, long-term preservation and storage of books and related materials - including film and microform collections - it brings key content from two major research university libraries under one roof, expanding access to a broad range of resources and freeing up campus spaces.
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Library Service Center: By the Numbers
  • The 55,000-square-foot archive facility will house around 95 percent of Georgia Tech's and much of Emory's library collections. Once ingest is completed this summer, it will hold more than 2 million volumes.
  • Books are stored on 32-foot-tall shelves, which are accessed by specialized forklifts.
  • For optimal, long-term preservation, the archive module is kept at a steady 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 percent relative humidity.
  • Book requests will be delivered to campus locations twice daily, with mediated service available for rush/ on-demand delivery. Electronic delivery of scanned materials is also available.

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WaterHub Award
The WaterHub, Emory's on-site, eco-engineered water reclamation system, was lauded by the U.S. Water Alliance for "showing us what is possible when major anchor institutions like universities invest in water reuse."
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Poet Jericho Brown awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
Jericho Brown, associate professor of English and Creative Writing, has been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship.
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Class of 2016: By the numbers
Emory University's Class of 2016 includes more than 4,500 students representing 49 states and 76 countries. Take a closer look at how this year's graduating class adds up.
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