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Grady, Partners Celebrate “Topping Out” at Correll Pavilion

November 5, 2021

Grady Health System has achieved the “topping out” milestone on the Correll Pavilion adjacent to Grady Memorial Hospital’s main campus in Atlanta.

The new facility has been named in honor of A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific and former chair of both the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Grady Health Foundation boards of directors, who passed away earlier this year.  Correll led the effort to raise $96 million in private funding, which was matched by bond funding provided by DeKalb and Fulton counties.

The topping out was commemorated by the signing of a steel beam by Correll’s wife, Ada Lee Correll, daughter Elizabeth Correll Richards, son Alston Correll, and granddaughter Corey Richards.

“This milestone is another historical moment for Grady.  The Correll Pavilion will not only enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art care for our patients, it will stand as a symbol of what can be achieved when we work together to advance healthcare for the entire community, city, and state,” said Shannon Sale, chief strategy officer, Grady Health System.

When completed, the advanced surgical center will include over 550,000 square feet of clinical and parking space, including outpatient clinics, surgery, imaging, and the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence. The Correll Pavilion will dramatically expand Grady’s ability to serve patients at the main campus, offering 25 percent more operating room capacity and 45 percent additional clinic capacity.

“The topping out milestone demonstrates the significant progress we have made on this important project,” said Scott Cannon, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska’s building operations in Georgia and South Carolina. “We are moving closer to our final goal of providing a facility that will offer state-of-the-art care for patients in the Atlanta region.”

“It is auspicious to top-out this remarkable project which holds such great promise for the citizens of Atlanta,” said Michael B. Russell, CEO, H. J. Russell & Company. “This facility not only expands the hospital’s capacity to serve patients, but it also further builds a comprehensive healthcare community that meets even more needs of Atlanta’s residents.”

To date, workers have recorded more than 500,000 hours on the job. In addition, the project has used:

  • 4000 tons of rebar (the equivalent of 571 elephants)
  • 41,000 cubic yards of concrete (enough to fill 12 Olympic size pools)

“The design of The Correll Pavilion will advance Grady’s mission of ensuring everyone has access to high-quality healthcare,” said Mitchell Collin, regional leader of healthcare at HOK. “We are proud to be Grady’s partner in growing services and expanding access to care in the community where we live and work.”

Among the technological and environmental components to be built into the Correll Pavilion is a system to allow the harvesting and storing of rainwater from the entire block for reuse. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2022.

“Grady is one of our state’s largest hospitals and continues to serve as a lifeline for many residents in Fulton and DeKalb counties,” said JLL Senior Project Manager David Varghese. “This milestone marks a huge chapter for Grady Health System and we’re looking forward to helping them expand their healthcare capabilities and best serve the City of Atlanta.”

Grady’s Correll Pavilion project is being managed by JLL. The general contractor for the project is the joint venture between Skanska and H.J. Russell, and HOK is the architect.

Ada Lee Correll signs cermonial beam.