September 28, 2021

BJC HealthCare Set to Break Ground on New 16-Story Inpatient Tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis

We are proud to be the design partner for BJC HealthCare’s newly announced 16-story inpatient tower hospital. The hospital will replace the former Queeny Tower just north of the intersection of Kings Highway and Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

BJC HealthCare announced they will break ground on the visionary and innovative new facility next month. The tower will feature private rooms for heart and vascular patients, state-of-the-art imaging, and the latest in surgical prep and recovery. The building will boldly advance care and enhance experience for patients, their families, visitors and staff. The announcement is already being highlighted by local media.

“At BJC HealthCare, we are focused on the care and comfort of our patients and their families and providing an exceptional healing environment,” Barnes-Jewish Hospital President John Lynch, MD said in the released statement. “This new state-of-the-art facility will enable our caregivers to deliver the highest quality care for decades to come.”

The design of the tower complements Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s existing towers and buildings, creating a unified architecture and skyline for the medical campus in the heart of St. Louis.

Within the 660,000-sf tower will house 224 inpatient rooms, 56 private ICU rooms – many with expansive views of Forest Park – two rooftop gardens, a spacious family lounge, and new amenities including a business center, kitchenette, quiet rooms and laundry facilities.

“This is a dream project for our team to design,” said Natalie Petzoldt, CannonDesign’s Principal in Charge and St. Louis Health Design Leader. “All at once, this building will significantly amplify patient care, advance BJC HealthCare in its mission to improve the health of those it serves, and nourish our community for generations. This is a visionary project, led by a visionary client that cares deeply about the future of St. Louis utilizing a design-build delivery method with significant integration of design team diversity.”

Other key features of the tower include an expansive surgical prep and recovery program, an enhanced cafeteria and significant wayfinding and arrival enhancements. A new elevated pedestrian walkway will lead from parking to a redesigned and expanded lobby, gift shop and coffee bar. A widened street and reconfigured drop off and valet space will offer a more intuitive and inviting entrance.

This remarkably collaborative design-build project has numerous partners including McCarthy Building Companies (design-build partner); BR+A Consulting Engineers and Thornton Tomasetti (engineering).