A project expected to compete for the title of Gwinnett County’s tallest building has received approval from the State of Georgia to proceed.

To accommodate growth in one of Georgia’s fastest-growing counties, Northside Hospital Gwinnett is moving forward with construction of a 17-story new patient tower—instead of building the project in phases, officials recently announced.

Revised plans call for an additional seven floors stacked upon 10 levels the state had already approved, for a total of 375,929 square feet, with 146 additional inpatient rooms.

The 696-bed building will stand 257 feet, or comparable to downtown Atlanta’s circa-1929 Rhodes–Haverty Building, for context. 

The glassy structure will peer down on Ga. Highway 316, a popular route between Atlanta and Bulldogs-related happenings in Athens.

How the new patient tower will be slotted amongst existing hospital facilities. Courtesy of Northside Hospital Gwinnett

According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, the Northside tower’s closest competitor for the title of Gwinnett’s tallest building is the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel, which stands about 15 stories over Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. (No one seems to have a precise read on how tall that lodge is.)  

The project will mark Northside’s largest facility in its system, eclipsing the company's biggest hospital tower in Atlanta by more than 70 beds, Northside’s director of facilities planning, Steve Aslinger, told the newspaper.

Have a closer look at how the project relates to the context near downtown Lawrenceville—and where construction stands now—in the gallery above.

Gwinnett County news, discussion (Urbanize Atlanta)