As part of its modernization and service line expansion strategy to provide additional capacity, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital engaged Array to provide design services for an Intensive Care Unit and surgical suite expansion. To expand the surgical suite, the hospital’s current electrical yard will be the new location of a two-story OR addition. Phasing and logistics for the CORE project, located on French Street, are closely tied to, and coordinated with, Array’s Ambulatory Expansion project, occurring concurrently on the opposite side of the same campus. Both projects are taking an overbuild approach, a strategic decision for this landlocked campus.
A one-story overbuild of the CORE Pavilion is ideal to provide space for a 24-bed private room Intensive Care Unit, including support space. The first floor of the two-story OR addition will be constructed one story above grade to align with the G1 level of the existing hospital, providing expanded Central Sterile Processing Storage. This also aligns the addition’s second floor with the Hospital’s first floor, expanding the Surgical Suite by five ORs, including a specialty hybrid OR.
The remaining portion of the electrical yard will be designed as an ambulance drop off lot for transport ambulances. The adjacent South Building G2 level will be renovated to provide a new lobby, walk-in entrance, an ambulance “off stage” entrance and miscellaneous back-of-house departments. The additions are expected to alleviate constrained workflow in the existing Central Sterile support, and increase the number and type of specialty OR procedures.