KAI Design and Build
Glasper Professional Services
Lucy Williams, LEED
Schematic Design through Construction Review
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 Forest Park Campus since the 1960s, replacing two classroom towers with a state-of-the-art learning facility. DTLS completed a conceptual master plan to integrate the new construction into the existing campus, enhancing pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. This master plan created the ideal site placement of the Center for Nursing & Health Sciences, as well as re-envisioning the arrival experience via a new campus entry.
The new north-south drive from Oakland Avenue became the primary entry to the campus and defines a new identity for students and visitors. The entry is directly adjacent to the new 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.
Awarded LEED Silver certification for sustainable practices, approximately 98% of the stormwater falling on this project site is treated in the three bioretention areas where pollutants are removed and groundwater will be recharged. Plant species native to the Saint Louis region create the primary palette for over 17,000 sq ft of planting areas including ornamental beds and bioretention. Native species support biodiversity while their design arrangement reduces maintenance and reliance on irrigation.