After weeks of speculation and curiosity among CWE residents and St. Louis urbanists that enveloped a highly visible lot in the heart of the Central West End, Washington University School of Medicine has finally revealed their highly anticipated plans to the community.
Although a massing study (shown below) indicated that a large building would front Forest Park Parkway, work was beginning before official renderings were publicized – an unusual step for an organization that generally does the opposite. The rendering and a news release from Washington University School of Medicine shares information on a brand new facility in the Central West End. The site, located at the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Taylor Ave., fronts a building occupied by the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy and is currently just a surface parking lot.
The Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish complex continues to grow as the hospital solidifies its status as one of the best treatment centers in the United States. In particular, the Siteman Cancer Center was recently rated as the 11th best cancer center in the country by U.S. News and World Reports. As its capacity is still limited, WU Med is embarking upon the project rendered below to add to their capacity to treat and support its patients.
The Siteman Ambulatory Center is intended to consolidate most outpatient care needs into one facility. The plan calls for over 650,000 square feet of total usable space. As the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, there will be “96 exam rooms, 88 infusion pods for chemotherapy and immunotherapy, plus radiology, breast imaging, and hematology and chemistry laboratory space”.
Although work on the foundation is now underway, the estimated completion date for the project is in 2024. By then, the Cortex, CWE, and Midtown will host a number of new, dense constructions. With the neighboring Neuroscience facility underway less than a mile away on Duncan, the Cortex K project on Sarah, and apartments proposed on Lindell by Lux Living, the area will see a continued emphasis on density and walkability in the coming years.