Healthcare Design | Francis Cauffman Begins SMMC Master Plan

Francis Cauffman Begins SMMC Master Plan

June 2010 Download PDF

Phase One is 220,000 square feet of new construction, which adds 10% of space to the existing Saint Michael’s Medical Center campus

Francis Cauffman announces that it has begun Phase One of a comprehensive, $225 million master plan of Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC)—a member of the Catholic Health East system—which will expand the hospital, dramatically upgrade its capacity, and improve circulation on its urban campus. The 357-bed hospital is a regional healthcare, teaching, and research center in Newark, New Jersey.

Phase One is 220,000 square feet of new construction, which adds 10% of space to the existing campus. It includes a new 120,000-square-foot, $48 million tower building that will link the hospital’s main building, built in 1992, and its historic annex building, built in 1900. It also includes infrastructure stabilization and renovations. A new professional office building and 450-car parking garage, which are under a separate contract, are also part of Phase One. Occupancy is expected in mid-2012.

“Our master plan centers around the Tower Building, which gives the hospital a true ‘hub’ of a 21st century medical center,” explained James Crispino, AIA, president of Francis Cauffman. “This focal point connects the existing buildings and creates a hospital that has greater capacity yet is more efficient, more compact, and easier for patients to use.”

The four-story tower building will add an expanded emergency department, clinical services, and three bed floors, as well as a lobby and patient access center, gift shop, and auditorium. In future phases, three older buildings will be demolished in order to reorganize the campus, amplify clinical specialty services, and realign ancillary services for greater efficiency. These include a new medical education building; the conversion of the historic St. Michael’s Hospital Buildings into retail space, administrative offices, and living quarters for medical residents; St. Michael’s Court, a new vehicular entry that improves access to and from the campus; and a new cancer center.

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