Higher Education
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Claudia Nance Rollins Building

the story

The design of the new Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) building, along with renovations to the existing Grace Crum Rollins (GCR) building, completed the first step in a multi-phase expansion project for Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). Together, CNR & GCR align to become a destination for integrated learning, research, and global outreach necessary for the No. 5 ranked public health program, comprised of six academic departments including behavioral sciences and health education, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and global health.

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Interior Design
Lab/Sim Planning
Landscape Architecture
Pre-Construction Services
Programming & Planning
Atlanta, GA
Completed 2010
238,000 SF -185,000 SF new, 58,000 SF reno

RSPH impacts health and well-being through excellence in teaching, research, and the application of knowledge in partnership with domestic and global communities. Located in the “Public Health Capital of the World”, the fast growing establishment, was in need of a new home double the size of the current space, to become an international setting for public health education and affairs; to actively support and facilitate the continuing rise in the rating and status of the program in the country; and to be an active agent in the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty/researchers and PhD candidates.


The building is organized with a public forum at entry level and provides technology that goes beyond typical distance learning facilities, supporting the School’s mission to collaborate with other world-wide institutions. Integrated spaces support mixed-discipline, problem-based teams, that include large grant-based programs requiring extensive collection, processing, and analysis. Careful attention was given to creating identities for the School’s six academic departments, while building a unified image for this highly diverse institution.

The new gateway building now anchors the Emory Life Sciences Corridor.

The facility successfully references the historic architectural heritage of the main campus, while also presenting a contemporary image in alignment with the multi-building complex and the adjacent CDC campus.


The completion of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building provides the school with an additional 185,000-SF of state-of-the-art instructional, research, and student space to allow increased enrollment and educational excellence. The expansion provides high flexibility. The open workstations and adaptable project spaces depart from the typical academic model of an isolated work setting and define a new paradigm for future university buildings.


The Claudia Nance Rollins Building has transformed the Rollins School of Public Health into a global destination for discussions and instruction about public health. The multi-use space encourages formal and informal meetings and conferences to advance the science of improving the health of diverse populations. The new construction and the renovation of the existing building have broken the culture of siloed departmentally-based space, transforming the facility into a collaborative space that encourages movement and exchange.

P. Dean Surbey
Assoc. Dean, Admin & Finance, Rollins School of Public Health

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building has attained LEED™ Silver Certification

Once completed, the RSPH, rising in rank from #9 to #5, has experienced a spike in admissions, increased their global visibility, and regional engagement. Ten years later, the school’s growth has continued to outpace the capacity of GCR and CNR.,

In 2018, SLAM re-engaged with Emory for the newest expansion project. R. Randall Rollins is the third building and largest addition intended to compete the Rollins complex.

Project Contacts

Sidney P. Ward AIA, LEED AP

404 443.9103

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