Old Meets New on Pill Hill – The Gallery at Doctors Center

Freese Johnson is excited to be the design-builder of choice to assist Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc., a subsidiary of Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR), with the transformation of Doctors Center I, II and III at Emory St Joseph’s Hospital Campus. The medical complex is strategically located in the heart of what Atlantans refer to as “Pill Hill”, the medical capital of metropolitan Atlanta and home to some of the areas most prestigious medical practices including Resurgens Orthopaedics.

Founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Atlanta’s longest-serving hospital. The 410-bed hospital is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. What started in a small house on Baker Street is now a 32-acre campus in North Atlanta. Doctors Center I, II, and III are comprised of 350,886 SF of medical office space connected by an atrium. Each of the buildings were built separately over the years, eventually being connected by the atrium, allowing for indoor flow from the parking decks into and between the buildings.

To meet the growing demands of today’s patient, Freese Johnson was contracted to ​design and build a number of improvements to the property. ​ The campus upgrades will include:​

  • New Gallery Area The new Gallery area, replaces the dated atrium space that connects the three medical office buildings. The changes include new flooring, warm wood finishes, glass elevator, lighting, retail kiosks, Wi-Fi and privacy seating.

  • Patient Experience and Amenities: The patient experience will be enhanced with privacy seating, fitness center, and new Amphitheater for daily and special use. Modernizations to Elevator in DOB III, and new patio/cafe area for outside seating.

  • Signage and Wayfinding: Significant improvements to the entire building and parking deck signage to assist patients in the most efficient way to access their providers’ office space.

  • New Entrances: Changes to entrances at DOB I & II include extending the covered walk paths to protect patients from the elements, and assist in building wayfinding.

​The Doctors’ Center improvements will be completed by Spring of 2019.​​​ Freese Johnson partnered with Atlanta based MSTSD to design the building improvements.