Case Study

DeKalb Medical

Dr. Bobbie Bailey Women’s and Surgery Maternity Center

Main Campus Building and Patient Tower

Firmly established as a not-for-profit health system, Dekalb Medical serves the Gwinnett and DeKalb counties of northern Georgia, just outside Atlanta. During the system’s $55 million project to create a cutting-edge maternity center on DeKalb’s North Decatur campus, Salas O’Brien provided electrical engineering services for a patient tower. The completed center is considered to be one of the finest in the Atlanta area, and it was the first in state to receive the international “Baby Friendly” hospital designation.

This center goes above and beyond to ensure that patients enjoy not only the best medical care, but also the environment and amenities to keep them comfortable, informed, and empowered during the birth experience. The building’s 18 private Labor-Delivery-Recovery (LDR) suites are located close to surgical suites, and its 10 obstetrical emergency rooms and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provide extra assurance in case of crises. Each of the LDR suites has a private bath and shower as well as a private waiting alcove for family, and the over 50 postpartum mother-baby rooms feature high-speed internet access, private bathrooms, and window seat couches with room for guests to sleep over. The center also has an auditorium and classrooms where hospital staff host prenatal, postpartum, childbirth, and wellness classes.

Salas O’Brien’s electrical design allowed the facility to be served from existing 4160V normal and emergency power distribution systems on campus in conjunction with 4160V to 480V substations located in the basement of the new facility. The finished electrical systems efficiently supply the patient tower’s power needs and allow hospital staff to serve patients around the clock.


Decatur, Georgia

Construction Cost:
$15 Million

Project Size:
100,000 Square Feet

Electrical Engineering