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Emory University

Rollins School of Public Health

Location: Atlanta, GA
Project Completed: 2010
Size: 170,000 NSF

Rollins School of Public Health which, since its establishment less than 20 years ago, has risen to the ranks of the top 10 schools of public health in the United States, needed a new home that was aligned with its goals for integrated learning, research, and public outreach. SLAM architects provided programming, planning and design for the entire complex, resulting in a new 185,000-SF building and over 53,000 SF of renovations for the School. Vertically organized on a constrained urban site, the new building contains a variety of classrooms, computer labs and seminar spaces equipped for distance learning as well as a lecture hall, departmental/faculty office and project space, and extensive public function and student service space. Research floors contain highly flexible research modules that integrate wet bench and computational activities.

Each floor is dedicated to problem-based research teams, a significant departure from the previous department-based organization. Collaborative spaces were carefully planned and programmed, becoming primary organizing elements. Event and gathering spaces are designed to double as study and collaborative areas for students. The large auditorium is fully equipped with visualization technology and can accommodate outside symposia.

SLAM’s approach fully utilized outcomes-based techniques. The major program components formed a base program that was then distributed between new construction and existing spaces based on fit and adjacency requirements. Optional enhancements were considered on the basis of need and/or outcomes-enhancement to the extent that they could be accommodated within the defined budget.

One of the results of this rigorous analysis was the design of the bridge connection between the new and existing buildings. By slightly widening the bridge we were able to incorporate programmed study spaces that have become one of the most popular places in the complex.

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