Stratford, NJ - VITETTA attended the formal re-dedication ceremony of Kennedy Health System’s Stratford hospital in Camden County. VITETTA provided the design, documentation and construction administration services for the replacement and renovation of the four story medical facility exterior façade, which originally opened in 1965.
The $25M project scope replaces the entire façade from the occupied 183-bed patient tower portion of the hospital. This replacement also allowed the opportunity to upgrade the forty year old tower’s fresh air distribution and delivery system including replacement of all of the outdated fan coil units.
The replacement was accomplished by removal of the existing façade in a four (4) phased approach, installing pre-cast panels of brick, concrete and glazing at all four (4) floors in each quadrant of the building. The significance to this project was the need to perform these extremely invasive operations while keeping the hospital fully operational. To this end a vacant portion of the hospital was renovated to be used as “swing space” allowing for entire departments / services to relocate for periods of 6 to 9 months at a time. VITETTA worked very closely with the entire hospital staff to create the logistics plans that allowed the project to proceed.
In addition to the facade replacement the project includes the creation of a drop off canopy, addition of new makeup air rooftop air handlers, limited re-roofing, rehabilitation and staining of remaining façade elements, exterior way-finding signage and renovation of the impacted portions of the exterior tower patient rooms.