Facility Tours

Facility tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at ergonomics in action at various facilities in a variety of industries. An additional fee is required for each tour to participate.

Monday March 26

The Hospital Tower
9 – 11 a.m.

Facility Tour Description:
Will tour the new Emory Healthcare J Wing Tower, a 450,000-square-foot, $400 million state-of-the-art hospital tower with 232 patient beds, including 40 critical care beds. The new hospital bed tower was built to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified. The J-Wing has been designed to save energy, reduce water usage and mitigate storm water runoff. The Tower is outfitted with wireless technology to improve workflow and productivity.  With patient- and family-centered care top of mind, staff, physicians and patient family advisors (PFAs) have spent hours designing patient care rooms and all aspects of hospital operations to ensure the best possible patient experience and work environment. ICU rooms have booms and overhead lifts. The Emory University Hospital connects with the J Wing Tower via a two-story bridge allowing the hospital to expand its services and expert care, while creating an integrated, welcoming and spacious environment for patients and their families. The bridges and connectors connect the EUH addition to Emory Clinic and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. The Stamina Lift 5000, electronic stretches and electronic beds are utilized for transportation from the main Emory University hospital to the J Wing Tower.


Atlanta Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions
9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Facility Tour Description:
The facility fabricates glass by cutting large pieces of glass into various other sizes and shapes or glass. 

Most of the product is transported via wheeled carts to ovens for tempering, insulating lines or laminating lines.  The facility has drastically increased the number of overhead cranes for lifting glass relieving the need for manually lifting glass.  Recent lean initiatives have organized the way people and product move through the facility.  Injuries in the plant dropped from 15 (2016) to 0 (2017)

Tour Restrictions:

  • No open toed shoes.
  • No hand bags/purses.
  • Attendees must wear pants (no skirts/dresses).
  • All tour attendees will be required to wear Hard Hats, safety glasses, hearing protection and reflective vests (These will be provided by the facility).