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Jarmel Kizel Designs Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s 65,000-SF Fitness and Wellness Center in New Brunswick, NJ

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (September 13, 2011)—Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, Inc., a full-service architecture and engineering firm based in Livingston, New Jersey, is currently providing all interior design, architectural and engineering services for a new 65,000-square-foot Fitness and Wellness Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Fitness and Wellness Center is part of Wellness Plaza, a 12-story 585,000-square-foot building, being developed by the New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco). Located next to Ferren Mall, this project is expected to bring over 300 jobs to New Brunswick. The project will be completed by the fall of 2012.

The Fitness and Wellness Center is a joint venture between Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Fitness and Wellness Professional Services. Jarmel Kizel is providing all interior design, architecture and engineering services.

“This is a very exciting project for our firm,” said Matthew B. Jarmel, AIA, MBA, and principal of Jarmel Kizel. “The center will bring yet another first-class amenity to the bustling New Brunswick downtown. We are pleased to be working with Robert Wood Johnson, Fitness and Wellness and Devco, and we look forward to the completion of the project,” Jarmel added.

In addition to the Fitness and Wellness Center, which Jarmel Kizel is designing, the plaza will include a 49,000-square-foot grocery store, The Fresh Grocer, which will bring approximately 250 jobs to the city. The project also will boast approximately 1,200 parking spaces and a pedestrian bridge providing access to the New Brunswick train station platform.

The first floor of the Fitness and Wellness Center will include swimming pools and locker rooms, while the second floor will include lockers, business offices, a large cardio workout area, studios for group fitness, childcare, physical and occupational therapy rooms, a medical spa, a café and community education. For the noted work, Jarmel Kizel is providing all architectural and engineering services associated with schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration.

“Partnering with Jarmel Kizel on this project was an obvious decisions for us,” said Gary Reidy, partner, Fitness and Wellness Professional Services. “We have worked with the firm on several projects and consider them our strategic partner for the development of these centers. The firm knows our needs and their integrated architecture and engineering services platform promotes quality control, enhances the design and creates optimum functionality of the center.”

About Fitness & Wellness Professional Services, LLC
Fitness & Wellness Professional Services, LLC (F&WPS) was formed to provide fitness and wellness services for the advancement of the community's health and well-being. Partnering with hospitals to deliver full-service, hospital affiliated fitness and wellness centers has been determined to be the preferred approach to achieve the mission.

F&WPS not only provides its time-tested expertise but contributes capital along with its hospital joint venture partner. The equity structure of the relationship engenders aligned interests and promotes the economic well being of the enterprise. Additionally, a host of collateral benefits accrue to the health care provider.

About New Brunswick Development Corporation
New Brunswick Development Corporation (Devco) is a 501(c)(3) urban real estate development company created in the mid-1970's to initiate redevelopment projects and to serve as the vehicle for public and private investment in the City of New Brunswick.

Since its inception, Devco has overseen more than $1.6 billion in investment to aid in New Brunswick's economic revitalization. Currently, Devco has under development approximately 2.5 million square feet of redevelopment projects, representing more than $450 million of new investment.

About Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers, Inc.
Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, Inc. is a full-service integrated architecture, engineering, interior design and energy consulting firm serving a distinguished client base of commercial and residential real estate companies, and a myriad of corporations throughout the Northeast.  The company employs registered architects, interior designers, professional engineers, LEED-AP professionals and technical support personnel that provide clients with a single source for all of their facility needs from architectural design, interior design, structural, MEP and civil engineering, to energy solutions and product procurement management services.  For more information, contact the company’s Livingston headquarters at 973.994.9669 or visit