Public Realm Design Standards

Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Campus

St. Louis, Missouri
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“Our goal is to bring people together in ways they haven’t connected before and to make our campus more inviting for visitors, patients, students and employees”

Melissa Hopkins | Washington University Medical School Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Dean of Operations and Facilities Management


BJC HealthCare

Barnes Jewish Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

GLASPER Professional Services

Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC

Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.

Project Facts

5 city blocks

Prime Consultant

Design Guidelines
Landscape Architecture


The vision of the Washington University Medical Campus Renewal Project is to provide world-class facilities in support of world-class medicine. This vision and the guiding principles that support it are driving the design of the Campus Public Realm. The public realm is the connective tissue between the many entities that occupy the Campus, and its design is fundamental to the Campus being understood as the collaborative entity that it is.  As part of the Campus Renewal design team, DTLS has led the development of a Design Manual that applies the project vision to the Campus’s exterior spaces with a focus on People, Place, and Performance:


The WUMC Campus Renewal Public Realm Design establishes a framework by which future streetscape improvement projects may support a patient- and family-centered atmosphere by providing a welcoming, accessible, comfortable, and safe outdoor environment which complements the world-class clinical and research facilities.


The design of the Public Realm shall present a unified, legible, connected, and orderly Campus with a strong sense of identity. Exterior design and material choices support intuitive navigation and work together with the building architecture to achieve a distinctive sense of place.


Appropriate site design promotes healthy patient outcomes by providing flexibility and multi-modal usability. It encourages positive interactions between patients, visitors and staff as well as the smooth flow of materials and supplies. And it does so efficiently, utilizing low-impact, fiscally responsible strategies.

The Design Manual documents the Phase 1 Campus Renewal public realm improvements for North Campus that were implemented in 2017. It is intended to serve as a resource for future projects and be expanded upon as other streets within the Campus are completed.

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