HOK to Design First-of-Its-Kind Training, Sports Medicine Center

The Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare have teamed up to develop the state-of-the-art facility.
Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare Practice Facility

Atlanta Hawks & Emory Healthcare Practice Facility

AtlantaHOK, a global design company, announced it will be the lead architect of the new training facility for the Atlanta Hawks which will incorporate an ultra-modern sports medicine center. The unique structure, spanning across 90,000 square feet, will be the result of a partnership between the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare. The project will break ground this summer and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

“This strategic partnership will enable two outstanding organizations to create a new vision for sports medicine care and research for athletes at the highest levels of their game. We will translate this knowledge to our college, high school and weekend athletes”, said Scott D. Boden, MD, director of the Emory Orthopedics & Spine Center and chief medical officer of the Emory University Orthopedics & Spine Hospital.

The practice facility is a premiere for the NBA, as it’s the first one to include a sports medicine center. “By blending research, sports medicine, healthcare and training into one building, the Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare will change the way the industry approaches athletic training and injury prevention”, said George Heinlein, a regional director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice.

The medical center will take up roughly 30,000 square feet of the new building and it will offer state-of-the-art preventive and rehabilitative treatment and sports performance training. Medical services include 3D motion capture, force plates to measure joint stress and on-site blood/sweat testing, and analysis for nutritional deficits and markers vital for the creation of individualized health and recovery plans. Additionally, a dedicated recovery area for cryotherapy, sensory deprivation and in-ground hydrotherapy will be available on-site. A 3 Tesla MRI scanner will allow fast, high-quality diagnoses for soft tissue and bone bruise injuries.

“The ability to partner with a local institution which is a worldwide leader in the medical community and shares our vision and passion for excellence and enriching Atlanta, coupled with our architectural partner HOK, is particularly exciting. In addition, we are proud that this facility will go beyond benefitting just our players, but will also be a valuable sports medicine resource available to the entire community”, said Tony Ressler, principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks.

The ultra-modern center in Brookhaven will also provide services from P3, a world leader in applied sports science, founded in 2005 by Harvard-trained physician Dr. Marcus Elliott. This will be the first time P3 steps outside its home in Santa Barbara. Both Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap, players of the Hawks have benefited from the P3 offerings throughout their career.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice has developed several sports-related project, including stadiums, ballparks and recreation centers. For the Hawks’ new facility, specialists from this division will collaborate with experts from the firm’s Healthcare and Science + Technology groups.

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