To address the increased patient needs of the surrounding community, this 24,000-square-foot expansion project will more than double the center’s existing footprint, while implementing a new Emergency Department. The project includes renovation to site circulation, patient walk-in entrances, ambulance entrance, and the main hospital main entry.
The need for enhanced connectivity across the campus was one of the driving forces of the project. We needed to connect the existing buildings and the new main entrance/ lobby, via a new central concourse. This design strategy drove the team to reimagine the facade through the integration of a glass element, featuring fritted glazing to combat the southern sun, as well as curved ceiling elements both for visual interest and scale. The new concourse provides a distinct and recognizable wayfinding element to the campus: the blue HMH branded wall of the lobby entrance gently transitions to red as it approaches the walk-in entrance to the Emergency Department. The larger campus master plan will connect future buildings, creating a main street that connects all hospital departments to the amenities.
The new emergency department includes triage, results waiting, 23 treatment bays, 4 bay crisis unit and an Imaging suite that includes X-ray and CT diagnostic equipment. The new main lobby includes a café, meditation space, and informal seating and waiting spaces to support the entire campus. Through modern elements and innovative wayfinding techniques, the Old Bridge Medical Center’s newly expanded emergency department provides state-of-the-art medical care in a brilliantly navigable new setting.