Jefferson Health engaged global architecture and design firm CallisonRTKL (CRTKL; Washington, D.C.) to help expand the health system at its Cherry Hill, N.J., campus. The result is a new 230,000-square-foot inpatient bed tower addition that adds 90 patient rooms; diagnostics; pharmacy; surgical services; and public spaces including a cafeteria, outdoor dining, and a healing garden.

Completed in November 2020, the new patient tower will connect to a five-story atrium lobby, allowing for easier access to the new medical building. The tower serves as the primary campus entrance, as well, showcasing a unique feature staircase and exterior lighting as visual icons that invite visitors into the campus.

The outdoor dining area and healing garden serve as the connection between the building and the Cherry Hill community. Organized around a well-lit, winding path, these spaces provide group seating, intimate spaces for reflection, and private “outdoor rooms” for staff and visitors

During the initial design stages for the expansion, CRTKL performed a study to standardize the patient rooms and nursing units for Jefferson Health System. Using virtual reality to conduct week-long physical and virtual patient room mock-ups, CRTKL collected feedback on the room design from staff. The resulting design promotes improved care practices, and the outcome is a shared vision among staff and caregivers.


Project details:

Facility name: Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Patient Pavilion

Location: Cherry Hill, N.J.

Completion date: November 2020

Owner: Jefferson Health System

Total building area: 230,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $128 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $557

Architect: CallisonRTKL

Interior designer: CallisonRTKL

General contractor: LF Driscoll

Engineers: PWI Engineer (MEP); O’Donnell Naccarato (structural); CES Consulting Engineer Services (civil)

Landscape architecture firm: Oculus

Builder: LF Driscoll