Kathy Bretsch
/ Categories: Construction News
Jan 2018

Grand opening

The distinct design of the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital Parkview Tower and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion will forever change the landscape of St. Louis and will shape the lives of countless patients, employees, physicians and the greater community for decades to come. Patient-centric innovation is the key hallmark behind the new design and construction, which will expand clinical care at the Siteman Cancer Center, grow our surgical programs, and launch St. Louis’ most advanced, integrated center dedicated to women’s health and specialized infant care.

Two new 12-story inpatient towers 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.

Patient-care areas are being readied in the buildings, and transition into the state-of-the-art facilities will occur over the next two months. Located across from one another on Parkview Place, just east of Kingshighway Boulevard, the facilities offer patients and their families private rooms — many with views of Forest Park — and rooftop gardens. Washington University Physicians will continue to provide care to patients.

“BJC HealthCare aims to provide an exceptional experience for our patients and their families that is second to none,” says Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO. “The design of these facilities is centered around the patient and also takes into account the experience of physicians, nurses and other caregivers, so they’re equipped to provide responsive, efficient care of the highest quality.”

The new facilities include:

  • Parkview Tower, an expansion of Barnes-Jewish Hospital that consolidates and modernizes labor and delivery facilities in the Women & Infants Center. The tower also expands inpatient care for Siteman Cancer Center patients with complex cases.
  • An expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital that enlarges the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and connects via a skywalk to labor and delivery in Parkview Tower, joining space for mothers and newborns, including babies requiring critical care in the NICU. The facility also adds space for other pediatric services, including intensive care and bone marrow transplantation.

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.

“People, most especially our patients, are at the heart of these facilities,” says Paul Scheel Jr., MD, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at Washington University School of Medicine and CEO of Washington University Physicians. “The design reflects this focus and, we believe, will help foster the very best care possible in an environment that is comfortable and reassuring for patients and their families.”

Noteworthy design elements of Parkview Tower and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion 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 that 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.

Parkview Tower

  • By the numbers
    • Square feet: 558,000
    • Stories: 12
    • Parking spaces: 406
  • Siteman Cancer Center space
    • 160 private rooms
    • 10 bone marrow transplant intensive care unit (ICU) beds
  • Women & Infants Center space
    • 52 obstetrics inpatient beds
    • 18 labor and delivery rooms
    • 12 women’s assessment rooms
    • 2 C-section rooms
    • 1 fetal surgery operating room
  • Other space for adult patients
    • 15 inpatient ICU beds
    • 12 operating rooms
    • 5 interventional rooms
  • Additional features
    • The lantern: Facing Kingshighway Boulevard, Parkview Tower’s lantern-like design element provides indoor quiet areas with views of Forest Park and is a signature feature visible from the building’s exterior.
    • Art with a story to tell: Themed art was selected for each floor that is intended to inspire conversations. Themes include: family time, vintage Americana and international flair, celebrating women’s spirit, and road trips out West.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Expansion

  • By the numbers
    • Square feet: 222,000
    • Stories: 12
    • Pediatric beds: 96
    • 40 new, private neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds connected to labor and delivery area in Parkview Tower via new pedestrian bridge
  • Other highlights
    • New ambulatory procedure center
    • A new helipad and elevators provide better access for NICU and other pediatric patients. One new elevator is sized to accommodate ECMO technology, a heart-lung machine that’s used to treat critically ill newborns and children with severe breathing problems.
    • A second Ronald McDonald family room


See recent media coverage of the new towers at the links below:

KTVI-FOX and KPLR 11 (morning)

KTVI-FOX and KPLR 11 (evening)



KMOX-1120 AM

St. Louis Business Journal

St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

St. Louis Magazine

Belleville-News Democrat

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