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New Barnes-Jewish Center for Outpatient Health to Enhance Patient Care

BJC_Center_for_Outpatient_HealthST. LOUIS, Mo. — A new Barnes-Jewish Hospital facility on the Washington University Medical Center campus will provide an upgraded environment with improved access to services for thousands of St. Louisans who have difficulty affording or accessing healthcare.

The 12-story Barnes-Jewish Center for Outpatient Health will consolidate and upgrade five clinics located in an older building within the medical center. The first clinic opened in the new location March 12, with all of the clinics transferring to the new facility by March 26. Musick Construction was the general contractor on the project, along with a joint venture with Interface Construction and Tarlton. Christner and HOK served as architects.

The clinics include:

  • Primary care clinic
  • OB/GYN clinic
  • Psychiatry clinic
  • Surgical and wound care clinic
  • Specialty Care Clinic (dermatology, ear, nose and throat, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urology).

“By consolidating the outpatient areas into one building, we are improving the patient experience for the patients who come to our clinics for care,” says Richard Liekweg, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president. “This new patient-centered environment will provide access to the latest medical treatments that were just not available in the outdated space.”

The 322,381-square-foot building will also house BJC HealthCare’s administrative offices, as well administrative staff for Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals and the Siteman Cancer Center. Negotiations are underway for a tenant to occupy retail space on the center’s first floor. The building will be connected via enclosed walkways to the Barnes-Jewish Center for Advanced Medicine and the Forest Park/Laclede parking garage.

The facility also makes extensive use of green technology, such as solar panels to power parts of the building. The solar panels are capable of producing 22 kilowatts of electricity, enough energy during peak production to provide lighting for one floor of the building. The panels are linked into the building’s electrical grid to support overall electrical demands. One of those demands includes charging stations in the Forest Park/Laclede garage that will support up to six plug-in electric vehicles.

Various sustainability initiatives including reducing construction waste, optimizing energy performance, reducing the urban heat island effect, using recycled materials, reducing domestic water use, using locally manufactured materials and embracing community connectivity will help Barnes-Jewish Hospital pursue LEED certification for the building by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Posted March 15, 2012

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