Ground broken, half of hospital expected open by 2011

Thu, 11/06/2008 - 4:36pm
By: Ben Nelms

Ground broken, half of hospital expected open by 2011

More than 200 people were on hand Oct. 31 for the groundbreaking for Piedmont Newnan Hospital, located on Poplar Road at I-85. Half the hospital complex is expected to open in early 2011, with the remainder of the $194 million complex opening in 2020. With eight floors and a basement, Piedmont Newnan should be the tallest building in southwest metro Atlanta.

Piedmont Newnan CEO Michael Bass officiated the ceremony attended by a wealth of local, state and federal elected officials, community business leaders and residents and Piedmont Newnan staff. It was obviously an occasion that had been long anticipated.

The hospital will be located on the east side of I-85 and on the south side of Poplar Road within the Poplar Road Quality Development Corridor Overlay District. The property has more than 2,500 feet of frontage along Poplar Road.

Hospital construction will come in two phases. The first phase will include the first portion of the nine-story hospital at 360,000 square feet and one of the two 125,000 square-foot medical office buildings. The second phase, with full build-out anticipated in 2020, will include the completion of the second nine-story section of the hospital that will join the first phase and completion of the second medical office building. Plans call for a total of approximately 2,250 surface and deck parking spaces.

Once fully completed in 2020, the hospital complex will include a nine-story, 800,000 square-foot hospital with two bed towers, two medical office buildings at 125,000 square feet each, two parking decks at 245,000 square feet and 166,250 square feet and a central energy plant at 30,000 square feet.

The 136-bed hospital will have 14 post-partum beds, 18 critical care beds and 104 general medical/surgical patient beds. The facility also will feature eight operating rooms and 23 patient rooms in the Emergency Department.

The hospital will utilize sustainable building strategies such as energy efficiencies and water reuse and conservation technologies in an effort to reduce future operating costs, provide a healthier work environment, and reduce the overall environmental impact of the project, according to hospital reports. It has been designed to comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

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