Washington University Medical Center to Transform
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis-based HOK recently revealed design plans for the new Campus Renewal Project, a 10-year project that will transform the Washington University Medical Center (WUMC). The campus includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine. The construction and renovation project will encompass all three institutions, focusing on improving the patient and family experience from both a clinical and research perspective.
Phase 1 of the project started in mid-2013 and included approximately 510,000 square feet of demolition, which included the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and the Kingshighway, Steinberg and Yalem buildings. Demolition will be completed this spring, and Phase 1 construction will begin soon after.
“We had one clear objective when we embarked on our Campus Renewal Project — create an environment of making medicine better by providing exceptional patient care and an exceptional patient experience,” said Rich Liekweg, president, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president, BJC HealthCare, in a statement. “The years of planning are now showing a changing landscape along Kingshighway Boulevard.”
Phase 1 construction consists of a new tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s north campus. It includes consolidating and expanding clinical care at the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as other surgical services and programs. It also includes modernizing the Women and Infants program, as well as diagnostics and support space.
An expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital is also part of Phase 1 construction. It consists of expanding the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which connects to Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s labor and delivery space. It also includes expanding private inpatient beds, as well as diagnostics and outpatient clinic space.
Phase 2 of the construction project includes renovation and construction on the south end of the campus, focusing on Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s expanding heart and vascular program, neurology and neurosurgery programs, transplant, trauma and critical care, and general medicine programs.
“Our new patient care facilities will be attractive and welcoming for our patients but, more importantly, are designed to incorporate the most advanced approaches to patient care, comfort, healing and safety, while supporting the discovery and educational missions of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine,” said Joan Magruder, president, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, in a statement.
The new towers on the north campus of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are slated to open in early 2018 as Phase 1 of the Campus Renewal Project. The entire project will incorporate significant improvements to parking, traffic flow and wayfinding for patients.