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.