Project Summary
Shepherd Center

Sixteen years of specialized construction to enable extraordinary care.

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The Space
  • First Place, Mid-Rise Buildings, GA Chapter American Concrete Institute
Square Footage 740,000
Location Atlanta, GA
As nonprofit Shepherd Center continues to revolutionize the research and rehabilitation of spinal injuries, Choate is there to aid the growing campus in providing additional space and facilities for this catastrophic care hospital, totaling 17 projects to date. Choate's relationship with Shepherd Center began with the construction of the signature 105,500-SF nine-story tower and a 65,500-SF vertical four-story expansion to the existing Marcus Pavilion.  These highly complex additions to the campus, completed while the hospital remained fully operational, add additional space for existing clinics and day programs as well as support areas, dining space and cafeteria, the Calloway Auditorium, and an energy plant.

Shepherd Spinal Center Expansion

One of the most logistically challenging projects Choate has ever executed, Shepherd’s urban site contained a single roadway of entry and egress for the fully operational hospital and construction zone; a bite-sized footprint located directly on top of the electrical feed, diesel fuel lines, and oxygen feed lines; and a railroad to let you know where the site ended.  Less than one acre was available for two cranes, large excavating equipment, material storage, and 24-hour critical hospital deliveries.

With some of our nation’s most critical patients just steps away, there was zero room for error, interruption, or delay.

Shepherd Center Housing & Parking Deck

Next came the Irene & George Woodruff Family Residence Center & Parking Deck, a seven-story family resident housing building and eight-story precast parking deck.  Adjacent to the Shepherd Center and sharing the site’s tight footprint, these facilities allow loved ones to be near their family during rehabilitation.

Shepherd Pathways

Shepherd Pathways houses the hospital’s outpatient program and underwent a full interior renovation, allowing for the creation of a larger Occupational Therapy Tech room, gym, and reception area.  Also included is space for a short-term residential program with focused patient care designed to house up to five patients.





Building Relationships for the Future

From laboratory expansions to MRI buildouts, pharmacy space to clinic facilities, chapels and more…

Choate’s valued relationship with the Shepherd Center now spans more than a decade.


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