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Brick, New Jersey

New Construction: March 2014
Renovation: September 2014

95,000 sq. ft.

Construction Management

Torcon was the Construction Manager working alongside of WHR Architects based out of Houston, Texas for a multi-phased project at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ.  Torcon recently completed a 45,000 sq. ft. emergency room expansion that more than triples the hospital’s current capacity.  The hospital will be able to serve 70,000 patients annually with the addition of the new emergency room.  The new structure meets the demands of its growing population and is also fitted out to expand in the future. 

The master plan of the hospital campus includes two additional shell floors constructed above the new ED for future use, totaling 50,000 sq. ft.  The foundations and structural steel have been designed and constructed to allow for three additional floors of vertical expansion.  The mechanical and electrical spaces have been laid out with designated locations for future equipment in the event of a vertical expansion project.

One of the most difficult obstacles during construction was managing groundwater on the lower level of the hospital. Ocean Medical Center sits on a relatively high water table.  Many of the basement footings were only five to ten feet above sea level.  De-watering was required for several months to allow for excavation and foundations to be completed.  It was determined that the ground water was contaminated and had to be treated in accordance with DEP requirements before being distributed back into the ground.

The construction also included a 100 ft. long bridge that spans over the new loading dock which feeds the new Materials Management space in the basement.  The bridge is supported by precast beams which were manufactured in Pennsylvania, trucked to the site and set in place.

With any hospital, it is important that day to day activities are not interrupted. Torcon constructed a temporary entrance to the emergency department for staff and patient use while the main entrance was being erected. Emergency vehicles were given high priority and Torcon ensured that all pathways were free of debris and any blockages. Once the hospital staff has moved into the newly constructed ED, Torcon will demolish and remove a portion of the old ED.  This space will house a new administrative area for hospital staff.

In addition to administrative space, the hospital will also have 3 triage rooms, 3 resuscitation rooms, 49 private patient bays including 8 pediatric exam rooms, a secure behavioral health area and an express care station.

Owners and Torcon project team discuss success at recent Ocean Medical Center Emergency Department expansion in Brick, NJ.