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News Release: Topping-Off Ceremony Held for 15-Story State-of-the-Art Robert Wood Johnson Medical Pavilion in New Brunswick

Developed by AST, the 229,000-square-foot building will increase access to comprehensive care in the region

New Brunswick, N.J. (August 2, 2022) AST, RWJBarnabas Health and New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill celebrated a topping-off ceremony and beam signing on what will be the ceremonial final beam of the 15-story steel frame of a state-of-the-art ambulatory medical pavilion on the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, campus located at 210 Somerset Street. Scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2023, the 229,000-square-foot facility will be master-leased to RWJBarnabas Health increasing access to comprehensive care in the region.
Situated in the heart of New Brunswick’s healthcare district, the building uses the cutting edge of medical space construction. Designed in close collaboration with RWJUH, the state’s largest academic medical center through its partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), the building will be defined by a striking curved glass exterior that will serve as a powerful symbol of the hospital’s commitment to building healthier communities in New Brunswick, the region, and as a destination for advanced specialty care.
“Our track record of development success is defined by an unparalleled expertise in collaboratively designing and delivering projects that stand the test of time and reflect the needs of their local communities,” said Robert J. D’Anton, President of AST. “Our work with RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital exemplifies this expertise in action. We look forward to continuing to work closely with them to help the system achieve its mission of creating and sustaining healthy communities.“
Once completed, the RWJUH Ambulatory Medical Pavilion will support RWJUH centers of excellence service lines in an outpatient setting and include leading-edge exam rooms designed to enhance clinical practice workflows that focus on enhancing the patient experience. The facility will also feature a modern ground floor lobby with a café and a connection to the adjacent public parking garage.
“The new medical pavilion expands access to the region’s top experts in a modern, more efficient setting that is optimized for both patient experience and clinical effectiveness. With dramatically increased demand for sophisticated care in our centers of excellence services, like cardiovascular and neuroscience, this new facility will greatly increase our ability to address the needs in our community and provide room for growth in the future,” said Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “We believe the design of the RWJUH Ambulatory Medical Pavilion will meet the needs of our expert clinicians while also redefining the patient experience.”
New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill added, “New Brunswick’s emergence as New Jersey’s premier healthcare city has only been made possible through the successful collaboration of a wide range of public and private partners like AST and RWJBarnabas Health. I am deeply proud of the work that has already been done to expand access to health care through the city and I am confident that this space will become another invaluable piece of our region’s health care delivery network.”
Construction is being overseen by Torcon, Inc. Architecture and mechanical engineering services are being provided by Matthew Jarmel of Jarmel Kizel, Mark A. Orsini, PE, of O’Donnell & Naccarato is managing structural engineering and Christian Roche of Langan Engineering is leading civil engineering. Financing has been arranged by Jones Lang LaSalle Securities, legal land use services have been provided by Kelso & Burgess, Esqs. and legal transactional services are provided by Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP.
About AST
For over 35 years, AST has been one of New Jersey’s most successful boutique real estate development and financing companies. The company’s full suite of real estate services under one roof enables it to plan, develop and finance residential, retail, office and industrial projects aimed at enhancing value while creating unique opportunities for positive, long-term change in local communities. To learn more about AST, please visit www.ast-re.com.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 614-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence and being named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The RWJUH Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Advanced Certification. RWJUH has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spine Surgery; The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Bariatric Services; and The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement services. The Joint Commission also awarded RWJUH a Gold Seal Certification as well as an Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Implantation.
For more information visit us online at www.rwjbh.org/newbrunswick

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