Center for Nursing and Health Sciences Exterior

Inspiring Minds through Innovation

Center for Nursing & Health Sciences
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park
St. Louis, MO

The Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College is a leading provider of health technology training but the facilities within the 50-year-old building were aging, and the existing infrastructure — and lack of space — no longer allowed for renovations.

KAI was awarded the consulting contract to design a new state-of-the-art Allied Health Center. The project sits along Oakland Avenue, a highly visible location as 150,000 vehicles on I-64 pass daily, allowing this project to create a new front door for the campus that was otherwise missing from the campus altogether.

The new structure will consolidate the Forest Park campus’ existing Allied Health programs (Nursing, Respiratory Care, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Surgery Technology, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting, Radiology Technologies, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography), and relocate the EMT/Paramedic training currently offered at another campus. A fourth floor was added to the project for administration and future expansion.

KAI held workshops with administration, staff and faculty so that the final design will be programmed to closely meet the needs of end users. Spaces are being designed for flexibility for so they can be transformed into different functions in the future. Spaces will include a dental clinic, surgery technology laboratories, other teaching labs, classrooms, computer rooms, study areas, lounges, conference rooms and office suites.

The KAI team is providing technical services necessary to construct the new Center to achieve LEED Gold certification. The project also includes overall site development and demolition of portions of the A and B Towers of the East Wing to make way for the new building.

Services

Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Commissioning, Sustainable Design, Cost Estimating, Programming, FF&E, Graphics, LEED Documentation, Demolition, Site Development, Fire Protection Engineering

“The new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences symbolizes a rebirth of the Forest Park campus. It’s going to be a value-add to the historic significance of Forest Park."

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., Chancellor
St. Louis Community College

The Impact

Response to Demand for Skilled Healthcare Professionals

The Center for Nursing & Health Sciences was designed with students and faculty in mind. The goal for this project was to encourage learning, innovation, and the best in patient care by creating a facility that cultivates all of the above under one roof. Most importantly, this project is a strategic response to workforce needs and a rising demand for skilled nurses and healthcare professionals in the St. Louis region.

Project Recognition

This project is currently under construction and was designed/is being built to achieve LEED Gold certification.