UAB to build $33.9 million ER, medical offices in Gardendale

A rendering of a UAB emergency department and medical office building to be built in Gardendale. (UAB)
A rendering of a UAB emergency department and medical office building to be built in Gardendale. (UAB)

UAB will break ground on a $33.9 million freestanding emergency department and medical office building in Gardendale on Nov. 2.

The new facilities to be located on 6.2 acres at 960 Mount Olive Parkway will give residents of Gardendale and north Jefferson County access to essential medical services, according to the medical center.

Gov. Kay Ivey will attend the noon groundbreaking along with UAB and Gardendale officials.

Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor. Sims Architectural Studio is the architect for the emergency department, and Gresham Smith & Partners for the medical office building.

“The freestanding emergency department and medical office building are major additions for the city of Gardendale,” said Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland. “Knowing that we will have UAB emergency care available in our town at any hour of the day or night is a reassurance for our residents that first-class medical care is always close at hand. This is a step forward for Gardendale, one that will enhance our overall quality of life, improve access to medical care and stimulate our economy.”

The freestanding emergency department will have 26,700 square feet of space and provide a full range of emergency medicine services staffed around the clock by physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine. The facility will have an FAA-compliant heliport, advanced MRI/CT/X-ray imaging, 12 exam rooms, a bariatric lift, laboratory services, and a pharmacy. The emergency department will be capable of performing trauma care and will have facilities for isolation and decontamination.

The 38,400-square-foot, two-story medical office building will offer primary care, obstetrics, gastrointestinal care, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and specialty care programs. It will feature a diagnostic imaging suite, lab services, telemedicine and digital public interface kiosks.

Together, the two medical facilities will employ more than 100 staff, including physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, other medical professionals and office staff, according to UAB.