Civil Engineers Revitalize Ailing Inner-City Hospital

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 6, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


The reconstruction of the Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, is described. The Medical facilities are part of the urban renewal plan for Camden. A unique feature of the project is that the owners were represented by three civil engineers who were responsible for all decisions from start to finish. Close scrutiny of all phases of reconstruction and a favorable market enabled the project to come in at –80/ft² (–861/m²), considerably less than the average costs for new hospital construction. The 500-bed, 400,000-ft² (37,160-m²) facility replaces the old Cooper Hospital built in 1875. This illustrates a cost-effective way to combat urban decay and provide quality medical services for inner-city residents.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Health care facilities | Owners | Construction costs | Decomposition | New Jersey | United States

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