Two new 12-story inpatient towers in St. Louis, Missouri, built by BJC HealthCare on the Washington University Medical Campus, are aimed at enhancing the care and comfort of patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center.
The facilities offer patients and their families private rooms. Noteworthy design elements include:
Private rooms designed for the comfort of patients and with accommodations for family members. The buildings’ layouts and orientation of patient rooms maximize views of Forest Park. Designers also evaluated how bed placement, light exposure and color would enhance the comfort of patients and the work environment of doctors and other caregivers.
Dedicated corridors for patients and for medical and hospital staff members are designed to reduce distractions and noise that can interfere with rest and recuperation.
Rooftop gardens — two at Parkview Tower and one at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion — will provide patients and their families with calm and comfortable outdoor environments.
More than 750 patients, physicians, nurses, nonclinical staff members and others participated during the design phase, offering ideas about how people would use and experience spaces within the new buildings. The project team included HOK, BR+A and ACW Alliance (joint venture of Alberici, Clayco and SM Wilson).
By the numbers:
Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Parkview Tower
Square feet: 558,000
Parking spaces: 406
Siteman Cancer Center space
160 private rooms
10 bone marrow transplant intensive care unit beds