Newswise — Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center held a steel beam topping off and signing ceremony to signify the completion of the first phase of construction of its Central Utility Plant (CUP) at Second and Atlantic streets. This marks a key milestone in a campus transformation and modernization plan that will provide power and utilities to the entire campus including the new patient pavilion on Second Street in a more efficient and effective way.
“As you look at the steel beam here, it represents a major expansion project at Hackensack University Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “This project represents the largest health care expansion that’s ever been approved in the state of New Jersey. The topping off ceremony reminds me of a famous quote by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, in that the Central Utility Plant is one small step for Hackensack University Medical Center, but one giant leap for health care in the state of New Jersey.”
The new state-of-the-art 43,500-square-foot CUP and upgraded electrical service will power the hospital’s campus and house the boilers, steam equipment, chillers, cooling towers and emergency generators. This will provide the hospital with enhanced capacity while also providing energy efficiency.
“This project transforms our campus forever and will power the entire medical center campus,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “To get an idea of its magnitude, the building will house a180,000-pound-per-hour boiler plant; a 12,000-ton chiller plant; and a 75-kilowatt diesel generator plant. Not only will the CUP provide the medical center with enhanced capacity, it will consolidate the existing infrastructure located in various locations throughout the campus into one central location. This building will blend in and complement the existing urban campus of Hackensack University Medical Center.”
“We take great pride in being on the cutting–edge and innovative side of everything we do here in health care and this project is just one more example,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Without power, cooling and heating, we could not do what we do. We look forward to the completion of the CUP being the first step in a major project to transform this campus. In just three short years, you will not be able to look down Second Street without being able to see the Second Street Pavilion building, which will enhance our service to care for the needs to this region for future generations.”
Construction on the Second Street Pavilion will begin this summer. With a gross square footage of 530,000-square-feet (438,000-square-feet of usable space), the building will feature nine floors of cutting-edge technology, including state-of-the-art operating rooms and private rooms, to provide patients and families with world-class acute care, while enhancing comfort and privacy.
The CUP project was designed collaboratively by RSC Architects, EYP Architects, Concord Engineering, Langan Engineering, and Reuther+Bowen and is being constructed by Blanchard - Turner, a collaborative joint venture. Construction on CUP is expected to be completed in 2020. At the peak of the project this fall, the CUP will employ approximately 84 construction workers. The project is on track to achieve USGBC’s new PEER (Performance Excellence Electricity Renewal) certification, which recognizes industry leaders in energy efficient design. Through a focus on efficiency and resiliency in the new Central Utility Plant, Hackensack University Medical Center is furthering its commitment to excellence in patient care and environmental stewardship.
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held a steel beam topping off and signing ceremony to signify the completion of the first phase of construction of its Central Utility Plant (CUP) at Second and Atlantic streets. The CUP is the first phase of a project to modernize and provide power to the entire campus including the new patient pavilion on Second Street. From left to right: Donald Ferrell, vice president, Facilities, Capital Construction and Campus Development, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health; Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 34,100 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.