Hopewell campus opens doors to the future
By Sharon Haddock
For Won-Door Corporation District Manager Will Saraceni, the new Hopewell Campus medical center in Trenton, New Jersey is more than an outstanding medical building project.
Mercer Campus was the place where his mother, Jane, worked as a nurse in the 1960s when he was in grade school.
So when he thinks and speaks about the project, he's seeing a gentle woman moving from patient to patient with patience and compassion.
"The Hopewell campus was built as a replacement for the Mercer campus on Bellevue Avenue in Trenton," said Saraceni. "It's always meant something special to me because my mother worked there."
The significant feature of the campus and its design is the spacious, four-story atrium along the campus' western face.
The elongated space therein provides light and a sense of openness to the adjacent floors. It also provides beautiful views of the outside waterfall and fountains.
Twenty-two FireGuard doors from Won-Door Corporation were used in the project to provide smoke and draft protection. Four were curved 30-foot doors.
The straight doors were each equipped with optical detection sensors. Three came with Level 1 access control.
Using the FireGuard doors made it possible to throw open the atrium.
The doors also serve as a critical component to the smoke evacuation system for the atrium.
Saraceni explained, "The use of our FireGuard horizontal sliding accordion-type fire doors enabled the designer to take a significant feature of the project, the four-story atrium along the entire front entrance way to the Hopewell campus and keep it open to the surrounding space on every level.
"Since the atrium constitutes part of the egress plan, the space needed to be equipped with smoke evacuation equipment.
"The architect designed in FireGuard to allow for the required separation of the atrium from adjacent spaces, allow for egress from some adjacent space and to assist the smoke evacuation in its function.
"When the system engages, rows of windows at the lowest level open to create air flow along the entire front of the atrium. The FireGuard doors on the upper levels seal off this space enabling the system to keep the first floor area clear of smoke, allowing it to serve as an exit path."
Capital Health will open the new $530 million hospital — formally known as the Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell — in November 2012, a building project that has been underway for the past three years.
Chairman of the Board Samuel J. Plumeri Jr., says the plan is to attract patients seeking top-notch, highly specialized care who have traditionally sought specialists in cities such as New York and Philadelphia.
“Our goal, through the recruitment of physicians who are at the forefront of their fields and the use of the most cutting-edge technology and treatments, has been to bring that care right to the doorstep of our patients,” he said.
The new medical center, located on 160 acres at Scotch Road and Interstate 95, includes 237 patient beds and a staff of more than 1,500.
The center, designed to be a full-service acute care hospital, offers a regional cancer center, a radiosurgery facility, a center for digestive health, an emergency room, 10 operating rooms and specialty practices in areas such as dialysis and plastic and reconstructive surgery. It also houses the Institute for Neurosciences,
The hospital also boasts boutique touches such as stylish tiles that adorn the bathrooms in patient rooms, rooftop gardens and a waterfall that will cascade along the main entrance.
“We have rethought everything about the typical patient hospital experience,” said Al Maghazehe, Capital Health’s president and CEO. “Capital Health Medical Center–Hopewell was specifically designed to create an environment that promotes healing, reduces anxiety and delivers advanced medical care in a calming, comforting setting.”