Center for Nursing & Health Sciences

at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri

Proposed campus improvements following a thorough inventory and analysis process.


The location adjacent Forest Park and critical employment and transit connections makes the visibility of the campus improvements a crucial element of the design process.

The first iteration of one of three bioretentions areas which approximately 98% of stormwater will be treated and recharged


The connection between existing buildings on campus and the new facility relies on strong axial relationships and soft gathering spaces.


The front bioretention area must function at a high level while creating a welcoming front door to the campus.


A complex planting plan relies on the concept of "plant communities" to emulate nature.


The planting plan engages three distinct "layers" of planting: Structural, Dynamic and Field.


For contractor ease the planting plans were separated and gridded off. At install, the three distinct layers will create a robust tapestry.


Throughout the document production process the team engaged professors at the STLCC Horticulture program, leading to evolution in the planting plan.


Entry of the building will serve as a multi-purpose auto court and pedestrian plaza

Aerial perspective of proposed improvements and the new Center for Nursing & Health Sciences.


Expected LEED Gold certification for sustainable practices

"The single design and implementation of construction along a very diverse group of contractors, tradesmen and artisans are a direct representation of the college’s progressive thinking about requirements in today’s environment.”

Sondra Rotty | Tarlton Vice President


KAI Design and Build

Glasper Professional Services


Code Consulting

Larson Engineering

Lucy Williams, LEED

Zodiac Commissioning

Tarlton Corporation

Project Facts

5 Acres

Needs Assessment
Schematic Design through Construction Review
LEED Services

2019 Anticipated

Saint Louis Community College

17,000+ sf of Native Plantings
98% of Stormwater retained on site in three bioretention areas
Anticipated LEED Gold certification

The Center for Nursing & Health Sciences is the first modification to the original 1960s Forest Park Campus and will replace two of the existing classroom towers.  A conceptual master plan was completed by [dtls] to identify a vision that ties the new construction to the existing campus. The plan proposes enhancements to the campus’ pedestrian and vehicular connectivity including a new campus entry and arrival experience as well as the ideal site placement of the Center for Nursing & Health Sciences

A new north-south drive from Oakland Avenue will become the primary entry to the campus and will define a new identity for students and visitors.  The entry is directly adjacent to the proposed building and also serves as a multi-purpose auto court and pedestrian plaza; offering flexible seating and a patient drop off area while acting as an event space or an area for staging mock automotive emergencies for student lessons.

Expected to be awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainable practices, approximately 98% of the stormwater falling on this project site will be treated in the three bioretention areas where pollutants will be removed and groundwater will be recharged. Plant species native to the Saint Louis region will be the primary palette for over 17,000 square feet of planting areas including ornamental beds bioretention.  Native species will support biodiversity while their design arrangement will reduce maintenance and reliance on irrigation.

The Details

  • connectivity

  • vision

  • visibility

  • reimagine

  • pedestrian spine

  • campus

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