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Campus Construction & Growth

The Washington University Medical Campus 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.


Building connections

A new campus plan brings communities together and improves the experience for employees, patients, students and visitors.

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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.

Learn about some of the large-scale construction projects involving the School of Medicine below.

Under construction

Campus Renewal Project

The 10-year Campus Renewal Project at Washington University Medical Campus 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.

Video: See how clinicians, staff, patients and families have aided the Campus Renewal design team.

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.

Phase one: Construction, which began in 2014, 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

Demolition for phase one included the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and the Kingshighway, Steinberg and Yalem buildings.

Groups will begin moving into phase one buildings early in 2018.

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 photo library »

Phase two: Focusing on the south end of campus, the second phase of construction 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
Rendering of a south campus concept, part of Phase 2 of the Campus Renewal Project.
Rendering of a south campus concept, part of phase two of the Campus Renewal Project.

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Student housing

To enhance the student experience and revitalize historic sites, the original buildings for the Central Institute for the Deaf and Shriner’s Hospital are being renovated into apartment-style housing. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings, located at Euclid and Clayton avenues, will house nearly 200 apartments, additional common space for expanded fitness and recreation opportunities, a music room and community center.

MetroLink station and greenway

Plans to improve campus access and safety include enhancing the Central West End MetroLink stop with an extended platform and better pedestrian circulation routes.

In addition, ground has been broken on a new MetroLink station east of Boyle Avenue in the Cortex District. Construction also includes the first quarter-mile section of the new Chouteau Greenway, which will connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch when complete.

Recently completed projects

Mid Campus Center (MCC)

Business units begin moving into the Mid Campus Center in December 2016, though some floors remain under construction. The 12-story office building, located on the site of the former Storz building on the Medical Campus, serves as an administrative building for the medical school and Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals.

The 12-story office building, at 4570 Children’s Place, will provide about 40,000 square feet of space per floor.

The Mid Campus Center is located at 4590 Children’s Place, just north of the Central West End MetroLink Station. The location provides about 40,000 square feet of space per floor and houses offices for the dean and administrative staff and corporate offices for BJC HealthCare. It also includes a WUSM/BJH joint security center, conference rooms, Follett Bookstore, a FedEx store and a Kaldi’s Café. The building has been submitted for LEED certification.

Demolition of the site’s existing structure began in the summer of 2015. Groups began moving into the Mid Campus Center in December 2016, with relocation continuing through spring 2017 as space is completed.

Christner Inc. designed the building; Clayco Corp. is the construction management firm.

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Couch Biomedical Research Building (4515 McKinley)

A new state-of-the-art research building opened on McKinley Avenue in 2015. In October 2017, the building was dedicated as the Debra and George W. Couch III Biomedical Research Building. Through their philanthropy and leadership, Debra and George Couch are longtime champions of Washington University and the research at the School of Medicine. Their endowed fund will support interdisciplinary research within the building and across the university.

The state-of-the-art research facility features 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 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.

Located southeast of the East McDonnell Building, the Couch Biomedical Research Building’s green space faces Scott Avenue. Dedicated food truck parking and outdoor seating have made the lawn a popular place for people across the campus to gather.

The energy-efficient research facility is 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.

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Duncan Avenue parking garage

A 3,000-car employee parking garage is under construction on Duncan Avenue between Newstead and Taylor avenues. The garage is being built on the site of an existing surface garage, significantly increasing the site’s parking capacity and improving parking options for many School of Medicine employees.

Construction of the garage will also include a skywalk, which will provide sheltered pedestrian access across Taylor Avenue from the new garage, as well as existing parking structures, to Medical Campus buildings and the Metro Transit station to the west. The skywalk will connect to the medical center’s existing network of “links.”

The new parking garage is slated to open in August 2015. During garage construction, some employee parking assignments and shuttle route will be shifted.

The new garage, which is part of the Campus Renewal Project (see above), may enable some medical school faculty and staff to park closer to where they work, said John Ursch, director of protective services at the medical school. “This new garage is going to be large enough that it will allow us to rethink parking and how we can best serve our employees.”

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TAB Extension

Construction of the Taylor Avenue Building (TAB) Extension wrapped up in June of 2015. The building’s street-facing exterior mirrors that of the TAB building, directly to its north, which is home to the Washington University Institute for Public Health and the BJC WellAware Center.

Offices located in the new TAB Extension include the Infectious Diseases clinic, which was previously located in the Storz building at 4570 Children’s Place. The Storz building was demolished in August 2015 to make way for construction of a new office building on its site (more information below).

4522 McKinley (EHS facility)

Construction of a new facility for Environmental Health and Safety was completed in summer 2015. The facility is on the south side of McKinley Avenue at the intersection of Taylor Avenue.

Environmental Health & Safety building
The new Environmental Management Facility for Environmental Health and Safety on McKinley Avenue.

Designed by HKW Architects, this one-story building will be used for accumulating, packaging and preparing shipment of chemical, medical and low level radioactive waste. It will also include offices of some Environmental Health and Safety staff.

Interstate-64 reconstruction

Visitors to Washington University Medical Center will benefit from improved traffic conditions thanks to construction of a new interchange on Interstate-64/Highway 40 completed in August 2014.

In partnership with Washington University Medical Center, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) built a new I-64 interchange at Tower Grove Avenue. The project replaced bridges across I-64 on Taylor, Newstead, Tower Grove and Boyle Avenues, and improved 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 increased access to the medical campus. This image from MoDOT shows areas that were targeted for improvements.

The project aims to 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.

More information

Project completion announcement (8/28/14)

Other construction projects

Learn more about additional construction projects near the Medical Campus and at Washington University in St. Louis:

  • Washington University projects: Several major construction and renovation projects are updating facilities across the university, including a comprehensive plan to transform the east end of the Danforth Campus
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy: The college opened a new academic building on Taylor Ave. in summer 2015; construction is now underway on a new student center and residence hall that opens in 2017
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital: BJC has announced plans to build a new facility to replace the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital building in Creve Couer. The new facility is expected to open in 2019.