Waiting area in the Lacy Clay Center

Family Oriented Healthcare

Lacy Clay Center for Children's Health
People's Health Center's Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers (PHC) provides primary healthcare to the medically under-served population in urban St. Louis. When existing facilities proved inadequate, People’s Health Centers (PHC) commissioned KAI to design a new facility called the Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health.

KAI was proud to serve as the architect, MEP/FP engineer and interior designer of this new $6 million, 3-story building located on property owned by PHC, just east of their central site on Delmar Boulevard near the intersection with DeBaliviere Avenue.

The scope consists of all architecture, interiors and landscape design, and all civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering for the Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health. The 18,270 SF building is supported on spread footings bearing on structural fill, with load bearing masonry wall construction, interior steel columns and steel bar joist. Exteriors are low-maintenance, durable and constructed of a combination of ground face concrete masonry units, brick veneer, and aluminum storefront and curtain wall glazing systems.

The new facility houses administrative offices, examination rooms, therapy spaces, conference rooms, a kitchen, a medical records room and an art room. The third level of the Lacy Clay Center for Children’s Health hosts two outdoor roof terraces.


Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering

“My performance expectations of our team has always been so high, that I am rarely shocked by the product of our efforts, but after yesterday’s tour of the interior of our new Children’s building, I am almost speechless...I cannot imagine a more fitting gift to our communities’ most ignored and deserving children and families...This building will be a ‘game changer’ in urban behavioral health.”

Dwayne A. Butler, CEO
People's Health Center's Inc.

The Impact

More than a Structure

This building helps to heal and bring dignity and respect to the children and families with special needs within the community. The space was created to be a soothing atmosphere using elements that promote the productivity and well-being of the building’s occupants.