Courtyard Facing Entrance of Deaconess Center

Positively Advocating for Children

Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being
The Deaconess Foundation
St. Louis, MO

The Deaconess Foundation chose KAI as the design-builder for the new 21,272 SF, $6.1 million Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, located on North Vandeventer, just north of Delmar at the edge of the Grand Center Arts District.

The center provides classrooms, meeting rooms, chapel and a conference space for up to 125 people as well as administrative offices for the Deaconess Foundation, Vision for Children at Risk and Neighborhood Houses. Over 40 employees were relocated from offices in downtown St. Louis and the JeffVanderLou neighborhood into the new facility. The building is expected to host over 6,000 individuals at more than 250 communal gatherings annuals, all focused on improving children’s lives.

The design and construction plans call for the building to reflect Deaconess’ religious legacy as well as its commitment to social issues. Those include participation targets of 35% for minority business enterprises and 15% women business enterprises, both which exceed the City of St. Louis’ goals. The site selection also indicates the Deaconess Foundation’s commitment by choosing a location that is in close proximity to the City’s family court and juvenile detention center, is highly accessible and supports the North Central Plan development initiative.


Architecture, Interior Design, Design-Build, General Contracting, MEP Design Review, Program Verification, Preconstruction Services, Value Engineering, Constructability Review

“The design team took great care in conveying our religious legacy and commitment to social causes through the selection of bright colors and furniture choices that appeal to children.”

Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President & CEO
The Deaconess Foundation

The Impact

Establishing a Community Action Tank

This projects purpose is to aid in the improvement of the health and wellness of children in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Additionally, this project serves as a space where the community can gather as child advocates and help protect the future for their children.

Project Recognition

DBIA-MAR Award 2018 Honor Award for Commercial Projects
AGCMO 2018 & 2017 Safety Award
St. Louis Business Journal Building St. Louis Awards 2018 Public/Private Project Less Than $10 Million Winner
AGCMO 2019 Keystone Award Finalist