STLCOP has RX for Expansion, WUSTL Residential, Athletic and Medical Projects Move Forward

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STLCOPSt. Louis College of Pharmacy – The $70-$100M renovation and expansion WhoLou has been following through preconstruction will be completed in two phases according to sources. The first stage will include construction of a six-story, 200K to 250K sq. ft. building that will be more than 50 percent glass. It will feature classrooms, laboratories, and administrative offices.

The second phase is expected to include construction of similarly sized building, and is planned for student housing and recreational facilities. Since the college is situated on five acres within the crowded Central West End medical corridor demolition of existing buildings is expected. The expansion will be completed within two years of breaking ground according to sources.

Paric Corp. is allegedly providing preconstruction services and is considered the favorite for general contractor. Cannon Design is the architect. An attempt to reach Convy Group LLC, the college’s representative, for comment was unsuccessful. A 2009 land swap between Washington University and the college consolidated parcels for each and allowed for further master planning of the STLCOP campus.

According to U.S. News & World Report statistics the current undergraduate and graduate enrollment at the school totals 1,283 and the college’s endowment is $90 million. Last June the school announced plans to extend its doctoral program from six to seven years beginning in 2014. Approximately 72 percent of St. Louis-area pharmacists are St. Louis College of Pharmacy graduates.

STLCOP_WU land swap
{2009 land swap: blue = WUSTL to STLCOP, green = STLCOP to WUSTL, yellow = STLCOP campus}

Washington University in St. Louis– The new Rubelmann Hall, part of the long-running South 40 development , has recently been greenlighted. First developed during the late 1950s in four phases, the project is a new take on the student residential community that sits on 40 acres just South of Forsyth. The nine phase redevelopment began in the mid 1990s and currently houses half of the school’s undergraduate students. South 40 development amenities include restaurants and on-site healthcare services.

The source of funding for the Rubelman Hall project could not be ascertained. According to the Washington University website naming rights for facilities and rooms in Rubelmann Hall range from $1 million for the lower level auditorium to $25,000 for small studies within the first four floors of the development.

The hall is named in honor of Helen Rubelmann. She was the wife of St. Louis businessman Karl Umrath who started as a floor sweeper for Goodyear Rubber Company at $6 a week. He retired from the National Cash Register Company in 1929 and made most of his money through the stock market during the 1930s. The couple donated $1.5 million for construction of Rubelmann Hall and the South 40.

Francis gymnasiumMoving north on Big Bend, BSI Constructors was recently selected general contractor for the $120 million field house expansion. WhoLou first reported on the project in March. Architect for the job is Hastings+Chivetta of St. Louis. The three-phase redevelopment is being supported by a $12M gift from Washington University alumnus and trustee Gary Sumers and his wife, Rachel.

Wrapping up things at Washington University. Clayco is alleged to have been selected general contractor for a $60 million research building to be built on the campus of the university’s medical school. Architect for the six-story building is Goody Clancy of Boston. An attempt to reach Washington University for comment was unsuccessful.

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  • Larry Guinn

    I think it needs to be pointed out the south city and north city areas were built due to access of the riverfront and downtown commercial areas. It’s an organic thing. A focus on building neighborhoods without an economic backbone is foolish. The central corridor has to be as strong as possible so a focus on housing would make sense. In fact, one could argue the housing can take care of itself if the demand for the location is great enough.
    When I look at Saint Louis, I see the true central city, the current downtown, is from the Arch at the riverfront to the Clayton area with everything in between. The central corridor is part of the economic downtown of the region. This development should be a focus.

  • Framer

    This is terrific news; the new building looks great. The whole area south of Forest Park Pkwy between Vandeventer and Kingshighway is going to look completely different in 10 years.

    Brings me back to one of my pet peeves, though, namely the closing of Euclid in the BJC complex. So stupid IMO.

  • Kevin

    On what part of STLCOP’s property is phase II going to be built? Have they announced that yet?

  • Guest

    I do hope that they take some care to improve the Taylor pedestrian experience.

    • Alex Ihnen

      It’s terrible, especially south of STLCOP, but sidewalks are narrow all along Taylor. The street’s primary function is to move cars to and from parking garages.

  • Guest

    From the picture it really looks like they’re hoping to close off that piece of Parkview and make it half of their circle drive. Good call on replacing Whelpley – it’s primarily a ‘large auditorium’, which the new building would include.

  • Thomas R Shrout Jr

    St. Louis Streetcar could serve the campus. It would be a wonderful amenity.

  • guest

    Can we just go ahead and make the Central Corridor the new St. Louis, and carve off north and south city and hand them over to St. Louis County?

    • jhoff1257

      I’m going to down-vote this, only because I’d prefer to see Lafayette Square, Old North, Tower Grove, South Grand, Cherokee Street, Benton Park, Soulard, Dogtown, The Grove, Holly Hills, St. Louis Place, Marine Villa, The Ville area and many, many more (pretty much all 79) neighborhoods remain in the City. If we handed over North and South St. Louis the County would turn them into boring cookie-cutter suburbs, destroying what little urban character this region has left. Besides South St. Louis is home to some of the City’s finest neighborhoods.

      • tpekren

        Have to agree jhof1257, Guest idea instantly creates another 10 to 20 muni’s. The opposite of consolidation for a county that desperately needs to reduce the number of local fiefdoms if the region is to be competitive and solve lingering problems.

        • guest

          It was a joke. Obviously the County is not going to annex north and south city while the city retains its crown jewel Central Corridor. The point is, so much of everything good to report is always Central Corridor. If you live south of Manchester/Chouteau, or north of Delmar, you’re sort of chopped liver in the excitement of St. Louis. Getting to Alex’s post yesterday, what are the aspirations for those average neighborhood areas? What’s the vision? What’s Next! 🙂

          • STLEnginerd

            Aspiration of whom. Those who live there, the political leadership, or the readers of this blog.

            As for the readers of this blog I would guess it something along the lines of…

            Save the Historic Built Environment

            Build New Urban Infill on Vacant Lots

            Repopulate Neighborhoods to form Diverse and Vibrant Communities
            Build Modern Multi-Modal Transit Infrastructure
            Foster the Growth of New and Returning Business Ventures and Institutions to Anchor the Community

            I think its inaccurate to say this blog doesn’t celebrate positive developments in the wider city. Reaction to positive developments in the county are more mixed.

          • guest

            This blog does plenty to celebrate the wider city. It’s more a challenge to the region than anything else.

          • tpekren

            What’s Next! McKee’s northisde – what happens, how it happens will define the city for decades to come in my opinion. Will it attract jobs? how will it attract jobs? will the infrastructure get rebuilt? Will people move back in? Will it bring back a huge part of the city just as Old North St. Louis brought some pride back to a neighborhood.

          • guest

            Love the tone of this reply.

          • John R

            Is that really true? Lafayette Square, Benton Park, Soulard, the Tower Groves, The Hill, etc. are all south of this area and get plenty of good reports. In fact, I would say that aside from Forest Park and CWE, many in the region and City would say that these neighborhoods remain the crown jewel of the city.

          • guest

            You’ve described 5 or 6 of the city’s 79 neighborhoods. That’s a pretty tiny percentage.

          • Alex Ihnen

            In my opinion, there are two issues here. First, people write about what they know and what they see. I spend a lot of time in the central corridor – it’s the location of a disproportionate number of the city’s most significant cultural amenities, employers and events. There’s also simply more “news” happening in the central corridor, more building permits, bigger developments, etc. There are many great neighborhoods in the city, but very few are getting a new grocery store, seeing a 100+ unit apartment building go up, etc. That said, I do think that other areas of the city are under covered on this site and I’d love to have someone(s) writing about more parts of the city.

            If you haven’t noticed, in the drop-down menu at the top of the website, there are geographical categories. Under “North St. Louis” there’s a lot about McKee’s NorthSide, but also stories on Bissinger’s move and the effort to renovate the Penrose Park Velodrome. Under “South St. Louis” you can find some items about Soulard Market, South Grand, etc., but they’re a bit older.

            Thanks for reading.

          • Austin Persson

            The last time NextSTL published a piece about South City, it was an April Fool’s piece about Paul McKee and a fictional development referencing the North Side. What gives?

          • Alex Ihnen

            See answer above. But mostly, I just can’t cover the whole city. It would be great to have someone who spends a lot of time on the south side to write about it. The north side and many county municipalities need more coverage too. I travel the central corridor daily, work in the city and own a home in FPSE. I write primarily about what I see. That said, of the big projects in the city – the big residential infill, the big new institutional buildings, etc. – they’re in the central corridor.

            Oh, and I almost missed this, but there have been other stories about things on the south side and certainly about issues that cover the whole city, but they may be categorized under “preservation” or “transportation” and not by their geographic location. The current system doesn’t support multiple tags or categories, but I’m hoping to make a change soon.

      • Austin Persson

        I think the Central Corridor should be viewed as a laboratory for what could be done with other areas in the city.

        The success of that area can be pointed to down the road as a strong case that thoughtful, strategic redevelopment plays well in St Louis. Based on that, hopefully other developers would be looking for the “next Central Corridor” and set their sites on other areas deserving of some attention and TLC (the Kingshighway and Gravois commercial corridors in South City come to mind as areas with a ton of potential).