Emory University Woodruff Research Building: Department of Biomedical Informatics

Over a six-month period, Leapley renovated an existing space to create the School of Medicine’s Biomedical Informatics Suite. Leapley expertly incorporated state of the art technology, an engaging workplace design and custom details to create a new space that is dynamic, flexible and collaborative. This modern venue stands out from its structure as a space with a unique sense of identity aligned with the academic purpose to effectively use biomedical data for clinical research, and to support decision making to improve human health. The result is an informal, comfortable atmosphere that balances the use of organic details with industrial art and lighting, natural lighting, bold color choices and purposeful textures. Students feel at home in this energetic space where they can collaborative in open or closed offices, with noises muffled by felt walls.

Project Details:


Atlanta, GA


9,400 SF


Emory University

Design Team:




Alan discovered his passion for construction as a student at Auburn University – through civil engineering coursework and field experience with the cooperative education program. In the 17 years that followed, he managed many healthcare construction projects for a national general contractor before joining Leapley Construction in 2011 to manage operations of the growing business. Alan is a hands-on leader, a focused and decisive builder, and an advocate for sustainability. Since 2012, he has served on the board of directors for the Lifecycle Building Center to promote the reuse of construction materials and reduce construction waste in landfills. Under his leadership, Leapley safely delivers award-winning projects on-time and within budget in three focused commercial interior markets.


CEO & Founder

Recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, an Outstanding Woman in Construction by Construction Business Owner Magazine and one of Atlanta’s “Top 500” leaders by Atlanta Magazine, Meredith Leapley leads with integrity and compassion. Raised in Maryland, Meredith moved to Atlanta in 1999 and founded Leapley Construction to prioritize people throughout construction. Since then, through her involvement with CREW Atlanta, WBENC, CoreNet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, GSU WomenLead, Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Crafting Futures Together, she has maintained that focus and nurtured the business to deliver meaningful impacts to the community while earning annual revenues in excess of $205 Million.