Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) has been selected by BJC HealthCare as the executive architect for a $1bn project to renovate its Kingshighway Boulevard healthcare campus in St. Louis, Missouri, US, over the next ten years.
The project will increase the number of private rooms, consolidate services and improve wayfinding at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
Managing principal of HOK in St. Louis Rebecca Nolan said that the project represents one of the most significant building programmes in the region.
"It will generate hundreds of new jobs and stimulate millions of dollars in economic growth," Nolan said.
The first phase of the project will focus on the north campus, including an expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital with larger diagnostics and treatment spaces, as well as the conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms.
The project’s renovation work will create additional space for university faculty practice clinics, community physician practices and diagnostic spaces, and expand clinical care spaces at the Siteman Cancer Center.
The second phase of the project will focus on the south end of the campus, with an expansion of critical care spaces and the addition of private inpatient rooms.
Both phases of the project will include improvements to car parking and the traffic system to improve wayfinding for patients.
Prior to this project, HOK’s healthcare construction projects in the US have included the Barnes-Jewish Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis; the LA County + USC Medical Center; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion in Los Angeles, and the expansion of the Ohio State University Medical Center campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Image: Barnes-Jewish Hospital (pictured) is one of the medical facilities that will be improved during HOK’s upgrade of the Kingshighway Boulevard healthcare campus.