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Campus Renewal & Growth

Washington University Medical Center and our neighbors at the Cortex Innovation Community are at the epicenter of dynamic transformations positioning St. Louis’s biomedical corridor for the next era of excellence.

Construction and other development projects at the medical center are intended to strengthen a setting that facilitates the best outcomes for patients, learners and scientists. This vision for growth is also guided by the university’s sustainability goals.

You are invited to explore some of the large-scale construction projects involving the School of Medicine below.

Campus Renewal Project

The 10-year Campus Renewal Project at Washington University Medical Center will transform the campus experience, with improvements ranging from the consolidation and expansion of clinical care services to more parking and better traffic flow.

Included in the plans are additional clinical services for women and infants, expansion of medical and surgical programs and more private patient rooms.

Clinical spaces will integrate care, research and education while providing an efficient and supportive environment for physicians, nurses and staff.

Take a virtual tour of the Medical Center’s future, when all phases of construction will be complete.

In addition to expanding clinical services, updates will sculpt a campus environment that amply supports the level of care provided. The entire patient experience, from arrival to departure, will see improvements in comfort and convenience. Aesthetic updates will not only enhance the visitor experience, but also promote healing and reduce stress.

Building a long-term vision

The Campus Renewal Project focuses first on the north end of campus, with phase two slated for south campus. Major improvements to public spaces, campus navigation and transportation will be incorporated throughout the project, as will increasing the number of private patient rooms.

Campus Renewal phase 1 rending of North Campus

This rendering shows the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital north campus tower and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion. See more phase one renderings »

Demolition for phase one started in mid-2013 and includes the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and the Kingshighway, Steinberg and Yalem buildings. Construction will begin in mid-2014 and includes:

  • Consolidation of obstetrics and gynecological services provided by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine at the north end of the campus
  • Expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Consolidation and expansion of clinical care at Siteman Cancer Center and other surgical programs
  • New space for faculty practice clinics, community physician practices and diagnostics

Focusing on the south end of campus, phase two includes:

  • Improved space for programs including heart and vascular, neurology, critical care, transplants and general medicine
  • Increased critical care capabilities
  • Development of programs in medical and surgical services

Scott McKinley Research Building

With a target completion date of June 2015, construction of a new research building is underway on McKinley Avenue just south of the East McDonnell Building.

The state-of-the-art facility will feature highly flexible open laboratories to facilitate collaboration and accommodate new research teams. With six stories and 138,000 square feet of lab space, it will eventually house researchers involved in genetics, genomics and regenerative biology, consolidating most Department of Genetics faculty into a single location closer to important collaborators from other departments.

McKinley Scott Research Building rendering

The energy-efficient research facility will be dedicated to interdisciplinary research on some of the most complex problems in human biology.

Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy, in association with St. Louis-based Christner Inc., designed the building for LEED Silver certification, which is awarded to structures that reduce waste, conserve energy and water, are healthier and safer for occupants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The general contractor is Clayco.

Read the construction announcement for further details.

Improved access with I-64 reconstruction

Visitors to Washington University Medical Center will soon enjoy improved traffic conditions thanks to construction of a new interchange on Interstate-64/Highway 40 — but road and bridge closures in the area will impact commuters until the project is complete in June 2014.

In partnership with Washington University Medical Center, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is building a new I-64 interchange at Tower Grove Avenue. The project also involves replacing bridges across I-64 on Taylor, Newstead, Tower Grove and Boyle Avenues, and improving the I-64 surface between Kingshighway and Sarah Street.

Construction on I-64 near Washington University Medical School and Barnes-Jewish Hospital will improve traffic to the Central West End once work is complete.

Updates to I-64 and a new interchange south of Washington University Medical Center will increase access to the medical campus. This image from MoDOT shows areas targeted for improvements.

When complete, the project will alleviate congested traffic on Kingshighway and, with the addition of bike routes on the new bridges across I-64, improve routes for all travelers crossing the interstate between the Central West End and The Grove and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods.
Project details are available on the MoDOT website, and construction updates from the School of Medicine will be posted on the campus road closures page as they are available.