Duke Realty and North Fulton Hospital break ground on new Medical Office Building

Duke Realty to develop 54,000-square-foot facility that will enable North Fulton Hospital to enhance outpatient care to suburban Atlanta counties

(Roswell, Ga. – Nov. 9, 2011) Commercial real estate developer Duke Realty and North Fulton Hospital broke ground today for an approximately 54,000-square foot, $12.8 million medical office building (MOB) at 4500 Hospital Blvd. in Roswell. The three-story outpatient facility, to be located on a 3-acre site across from the hospital’s main entrance, will be the first Class A MOB in the vicinity.

The building, which will be developed, financed, owned and managed by Duke Realty, will house North Fulton Hospital’s Pain Management Clinic and Imaging Center services, as well as other physicians and healthcare practices. The hospital is using the new facility as an opportunity to grow these services as they will be moving from smaller, older locations.

“This new facility is an important commitment by North Fulton Hospital to meet the local need for a state-of-the-art Class A medical office building,” says Debbie Keel, Chief Executive Officer of North Fulton. “This will build on our more than a quarter of a century of service to residents and strengthen our ties to the community. We also expect the new facility will serve as an excellent tool for recruiting talented physicians.”

Duke Realty executives said the new MOB will provide an updated, functional design layout compared to the hospital’s current Pain Management Clinic. “The new facility will include a better use of space and a well thought-out work flow that will allow the physicians and staff to be more efficient and better perform their jobs,” says Jason Hinkel, Senior Vice President, Southeast Region, Duke Realty. “This should streamline and improve interaction among staff members and enable them to enhance service to patients.”

Hospital officials said the Pain Management Clinic will be built to ambulatory surgery center standards, which are more stringent than regulations covering typical MOBs. This will include building larger recovery rooms and operating rooms to accommodate more medical equipment, as well as following stricter safety and building code standards for construction materials and internal systems.

The new facility will feature spa-like design elements in the registration area and women’s imaging/diagnostic center, a two-level atrium, high ceilings and canopy-covered drop-off/pick-up areas on the ground and first floors. The building will be connected on the ground and first floors to North Fulton’s adjacent parking deck and also will include 77 surface parking spaces.

North Fulton officials expect the new facility will receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) certification. LEED certification is an internationally recognized verification that a facility meets the green building, design, construction, operation and maintenance standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The MOB is expected to be completed and open for business in the fall of 2012. The architect is ASD of Atlanta and the general contractor is the Atlanta office of Brasfield & Gorrie.

Some space remains available for lease in the North Fulton MOB, including contiguous spaces from 1,500 square feet to 17,000 square feet. Physicians interested in leasing space in the facility are invited to contact Larry Jarema of Duke Realty at 770-717-3256 or larry.jerema@dukerealty.com.

About North Fulton Hospital

North Fulton Hospital is a 202-bed, acute-care hospital located on Highway 9 (Alpharetta Highway) in Roswell. Opened in 1983, the hospital serves North Fulton, Forsyth, East Cobb, East Cherokee and West Gwinnett Counties through its team of over 1,000 employees, 400 staff physicians and 200 volunteers. North Fulton Hospital is a state-designated Level II trauma center and provides a continuum of services through its centers and programs, including neurosciences, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

About Duke Realty

Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 141 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical offices, in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.

With more than 20 years in the industry, Duke Realty’s healthcare team offers proven experience in providing hospitals and physician groups comprehensive planning, development, ownership and facility management services. Duke Realty’s medical office portfolio consists of 29 buildings totaling 2.9 million square feet with 308,000 square feet in the development pipeline. Projects have ranged from small medical office buildings to large healthcare centers with diagnostics, oncology and surgery services.

Duke Realty’s healthcare division was created by the February 2007 acquisition of Bremner Healthcare by Duke Realty.  To find out more, please visit www.dukerealty.com/healthcare.

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