The Bristol Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has opened its new Pediatric Catheterization Lab. This is currently the only academic pediatric cardiovascular program in the state of New Jersey. This state-of-the-art catheterization lab, a component of the Children's Heart Program of New Jersey, is solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with congenital heart disease. The Catheterization Lab offers a full range of pediatric cardiac services, from cardiac diagnostic studies to interventional cardiac procedures such as cardiac catheterization and open-heart surgery. Using the latest interventional catheterization and electrophysiology techniques gives children a less invasive alternative to surgery, with minimal discomfort and recovery time. Adjacent to the Special Care Unit, the Catheterization Lab allows for the safest possible care for the children.

Project category: Remodel/Renovation (completed June 2005)

Chief administrator: Clifton Lacey, MD, President and CEO, (732) 937-8769

Firm: Granary Associates, (215) 665-7055

Design team: Michael Arnold, AIA, Principal-in-Charge; Collin Beers, AIA, Project Executive; Todd Kaufmann, Project Director; Amir Amin, AIA, Project Architect; Tim Capalbo, Project Designer; Lori Straw, Interior Designer

Photography: © Tom Crane Photography

Total building area (sq. ft.): 6,163

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $357

Total construction cost (excluding land): $2,200,000

The Pediatric Catheterization Lab includes an inpatient treatment area, a sleeping area with six patient rooms, and an outpatient area. The project includes a finish and color palette predetermined by the existing building architecture. In addition, colored resin panels were employed in the lab for playful interest.