As part of its modernization and service line expansion strategy to provide additional capacity, RWJBarnabas University Hospital needed to improve front-end flow in their Emergency Department; relieve overcrowding; expand; and, modernize their ambulatory facilities—and maintain a cohesive exterior design in the process.
Reconfigured ambulance parking and an 8,100 SF addition affecting both their ED and ambulatory care center, including a new ED walk-in entrance, expanded surgery waiting area, ED waiting area and shell space for a 21-bed observation unit provide additional capacity, improve flow and relieve overcrowding, especially in waiting areas. This project also involved connecting two structurally independent buildings and a freestanding bridge directly over a sub grade parking deck. Phasing and logistics for this project were closely tied to and coordinated with a concurrent Array project on campus. Both projects took an overbuild approach, a strategic decision for this landlocked campus.
The new and renovated space provides better operational flow for the ED, additional ambulance parking, an improved patient experience in surgery waiting as well as a modern, cohesive design. The space is also future-ready, with shell space established for a 21-bed observation unit adjacent to the ED.
DCC Design Group
O’Donnell & Naccarato