A new health facility that embraces Planetree concepts and enhances urban revitalization opened Dec. 11 in Camden, N.J.
The Pavilion is the centerpiece of Cooper University Hospital’s new development project. It expands the hospital campus with 90 new private beds, a larger emergency room, 12 new operating rooms, a new ICU, clinical labs, and visitor amenities.
The contemporary design of the 10-story Pavilion positions Cooper as a gateway to the city of Camden. Using glass with metal panel accents to convey openness, the design of the Pavilion carries over onto the facades of the adjacent Keleman and Dorrance buildings. The campus has green space adjacent to the Pavilion, including new lawns, plantings, and street furniture.
2-Story Healing GardenArchitect’s rendition of the Pavilion’s lobby
The two-story healing garden greets those entering the building in the main lobby. The atrium is saturated with natural materials, textures, and sounds. It features a public cafe, gathering space for community events, a retail store, and an extensive display portraying Cooper’s role in healthcare and Camden’s past, present, and future.
A reference center provides healthcare information, and a nondenominational meditation room with counseling services is available.
Designed with the Planetree belief that environment aids in patient recovery, the Pavilion features towering bamboo, natural materials, and indirect lighting.
Private Patient RoomsArchitect’s drawing of a patient room in the new building
“Our goals in design were three-fold,” says architect John Capelli, a principal at EwingCole, “urban integration, patient/staff health and safety, and market recognition.”
The private patient rooms include access to daylight and window views of the Delaware River, family areas for overnight stays, and healthcare-specific carpeting and sound-absorption materials in the corridor to reduce noise.
Medical needs such as hand-washing sinks, trash receptacles, and medical headwalls were custom-designed to match the decor.