Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  in New Brunswick, N.J., embarked on a nine-phased expansion and renovation of its existing emergency department (ED), nearly doubling in size upon its completion in November 2019.

The two-year transformation was initiated in response to the increasing need for emergency and trauma care services in the greater central New Jersey area, prompting swifter patient intake with a nurse-first triage approach, integrated specialty care services to reduce wait times, and a patient-centered design that minimizes stress and maximizes durability and infection control.

The 60,000-square-foot space incorporates a pediatric ED, which was once embedded in the facility; dedicated multisensory treatment rooms for children and adults, the first of their kind in the state; in-department radiology imaging to elicit more rapid test results; a 12-room behavioral health unit; and more than 100 new, private treatment areas.

Project details:

Facility name: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Location: New Brunswick, N.J.

Completion date: November 2019

Owner: RWJBarnabas Health

Total building area: 60,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $60 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $440

Architecture firm: Francis Cauffman (architecture fit-out), Array Architects (core and shell)

Interior design: DCC Design Group

General contractor: WM. Blanchard Co.

Engineering: O’Donnell & Naccarato (structural), Langan Engineering (civil), Highland Associates (MEP)

Builder: WM. Blanchard Co.