Campus Renewal is a long-term project to renew the medical center campus on Kingshighway Boulevard encompassing BJC’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital along with Washington University School of Medicine. We will transform the campus over the next 10 years through renovations and new construction, creating an environment and experience for patients and their families that matches the excellence in medical care they expect.

For some perspective, BJC continually evaluates its facilities to ensure that buildings and clinical spaces function effectively, efficiently and safely, enabling clinicians and caregivers to provide the best possible care. Being responsive to rising health care costs nationally and predicted demands for increased health care services, we also strive for efficiency while ensuring that we can accommodate that increased demand.

Over the past several years, BJC has completed significant expansion and renovation projects at our community hospitals, including Alton Memorial Hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Progress West HealthCare Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and Boone Hospital Center.

The planning for renovation and new construction with the Campus Renewal Project will position Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the future.

During the first phase, we demolished four buildings: the former Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, the Steinberg building, the Yalem building and the Kingshighway building. In phase 2, Queeny Tower will be taken down. Those buildings date from the early to mid 20th century and cannot accommodate 21st century medical technology nor can they be renovated to do so.

In phase 1, we will construct a new building on Kingshighway south of Forest Park Avenue. The building will expand Barnes-Jewish Hospital including women and infants, Siteman Cancer Center, surgical programs, and diagnostics and treatment.

Across Parkview Place on Kingshighway, a 12-story expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital includes an all-private neonatal intensive care unit that will connect to labor and delivery in the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital expansion, private inpatient beds, diagnostics and outpatient clinic space.

The second phase, on the south end of the campus, includes renovation and new construction at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, with a focus on increased critical care capabilities and additional private inpatient rooms, along with development of programs in medical and surgical services.

Both phases of the project include increased private rooms and will incorporate significant improvements to parking, traffic flow and wayfinding for patients.

Construction of phase one is expected to finish in 2017, with patients being seen in the new buildings. Phase 2 will start soon thereafter and extend into 2022.

Our construction manager, ACW Alliance, is committed to minimizing traffic disruptions. However, we are building on an urban site surrounded by busy streets. In July 2014, we closed Parkview Place just east of Kingshighway. This street will remain closed until the new patient care buildings open.

We will communicate any changes as soon as we know about them to ensure that our patients and their families can plan their visits accordingly. 

The new Barnes-Jewish Hospital north campus bed tower will be 12 stories tall, 558,000 square feet, and two levels of parking beneath the building. It includes 185 private patient beds, 12 operating rooms and five interventional rooms. The women and infants program in the new tower will have 18 labor and delivery rooms, 52 inpatient obstetrics beds, 12 women's assessment rooms and three cesarean section (C-section) rooms.

The St. Louis Children's Hospital expansion will be 12 stories, 222,000 square feet, with an expanded, all-private neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), 96 new private beds, and outpatient clinic space.

Architectural renderings of the new buildings are available here.