By Tony Wilbert, Skyline, a Wilbert PR Co.
ATLANTA (Dec. 28, 2016) – The nearly obsolete baby-blue medical building known as Sheffield Medical Building at Peachtree and Collier roads is about to be gone – and for a good reason.
Brasfield & Gorrie, the Alabama powerhouse that has emerged as Atlanta’s dominant general contractor, will demolish the 76,500-square-foot medical office building, probably as early as next month. Brasfield erected construction fencing last week and wrapped it in its blue fence covering today. The city of Atlanta approved the demo permit last fall. It states the cost of demo as $1.5 million.
The building will be scraped to make way for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s new $603 million, 16-story patient tower that will be named for its largest benefactor, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. Piedmont announced in May 2015 that it had acquired the baby-blue tower next to its main hospital.
Meanwhile, directly across the street, the developers of Cornerstone Medical Center quietly removed the former Harry’s in a Hurry location that stood as an eyesore and irked Brookwood Hills neighbors for years. Cornerstone will offer medical office space and more than make up for the loss of the Sheffield MOB, which had been in the long process shuttering anyway.
When Piedmont bought the Sheffield building, mainstream media forgot to ask whether Piedmont would raze the Sheffield building, one clairvoyant blogger knew its day was coming. While I was at my former PR firm, I helped with public relations and community affairs on behalf of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.
It’s nice to see this important project moving forward.