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 building creates a new front door for the campus, sited in a highly visible location along I-64, with 150,000 vehicles passing daily.

The new structure consolidates 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 relocates 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 was programmed to closely meet the needs of end users. Spaces were designed for flexibility and future re-use. Spaces include a dental clinic, surgery technology laboratories, other teaching labs, classrooms, computer rooms, study areas, lounges, conference rooms and office suites.

The KAI team provided technical services necessary to construct the new Center to achieve LEED Silver certification. The project also included overall site development and demolition of portions of the A and B Towers of the East Wing to make way for the new building as well as the design of a new stair tower.


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

“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

LEED Silver Certified