Old Voorhees Hospital set to be demolished
After much consideration and research, Virtua has decided to demolish the old Voorhees hospital building along with the closed Summit Surgical Center building and the office building at 1 Carnie Boulevard.
Former Virtua Voorhees Hospital
Demolition will begin in June and will:
- Continue for four-to-six-months
- Occur during daytime hours through the work week
- Not affect operations, traffic or parking at the Virtua Center for Child Development or the William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness
As part of its outreach efforts, Virtua held a public meeting on May 29 to describe the plans and answer any questions or concerns.
Virtua has made no decision at this point on the future use or sale of this property. Virtua felt it was very important, however, to demolish the aforementioned sites because of the significant costs to maintain these buildings and the fact that they had no future uses given their current physical condition.
What is being demolished?
The old Voorhees hospital building, helicopter hanger along with the heli-pad, the former Summit Surgery Center and the office building at 1 Carnie Boulevard will all be removed. The smaller buildings will come down quickly, then the hospital.
When will the demolition take place?
The demolition begins Monday, June 4. This activity will be restricted to daytime hours, 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
How many demolition workers will be on site?
Approximately 20 workers.
How long will it last?
The entire process is expected to take four to six months. The process will go slowly to avoid excessive dust, and various materials such as brick, concrete, steel and copper will be sorted for trucking to off-site recycling centers.
Will any cranes or explosives be used?
No cranes or explosives will be used. The hospital will be taken down by a machine that will carefully remove portions of the building in a controlled manner. This method helps to control dust and noise.
What will the impact be on air quality?
Aggressive measures will be taken to control and avoid dust. These measures include spraying the building sections with water to control the dust. A demolition safety officer will also continually monitor the wind direction and speed and will stop the demolition if necessary.
Will there be dangerous substances floating around after the demolition?
Over the last 20 years, as renovations have occurred, almost all hazardous substances have been removed. The remaining items will be removed by trained professionals who are working in accordance with Department of Environmental Protection standards. When demolition begins, all the hazardous materials will have been removed.
Will there be loud noises?
The noise level will be minimal. You may hear diesel engines from a distance.
How will you control the pests that may appear during construction?
We are taking precautionary steps to control possible pests. Traps will be placed around all buildings prior to the demolition, and we will continue checking the traps and walking the site during the demolition.
Will demolition impact traffic?
The construction traffic route is set up to not interfere with any of the activities on the campus. Carnie Boulevard will remain open at all times and truck traffic will be limited during daytime hours. Only Morhfield Drive will be used for truck traffic, which will be guided on and off the property by flag personnel.
Why are the buildings being demolished?
The buildings have passed their useful lives, and an assessment determined they are not adaptable for re-use. Keeping them intact requires costly maintenance. Virtua has determined that it is safer and less costly to demolish them.
How will the campus look when it is completed? What will eventually happen to the property?
The land will be leveled and seeded with grass. Walkways and much of the landscaping will remain. Irrigation systems will remain in place, and our landscaper will continue to maintain the property. Currently, Virtua has no specific plans for the property. Virtua remains committed to facilitate the best use for this property to serve the community.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions or to report problems?
Please call (856) 355-0900 if you have any additional general questions or concerns. For any security-related matters, please contact the on-campus Security staff at 856-325-4329.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org