First Look at Planned $100M BJC West County Hospital in Creve Coeur

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Last month we detailed plans for the new $100M BJC West County hospital. Following approval of the project by Creve Coeur, BJC has released a series of renderings and additional information (below).

From our previous report: $100M BJC West County Hospital Plan Goes Before Creve Coeur Commission


A new six-story, 260K sf hospital would replace the existing hospital, while four new medical office buildings of 75-100K sf would extend to the corner of Olive Boulevard and Mason Road. Just more than 200K sf of additional future development would bring the total to 1M sf. An 875-space parking garage would be built adjacent to Mason Road. Surface parking would replace the current hospital site, with a total 2,640 spaces planned.

The 31-acre campus is about one mile west of Interstate 270. The current hospital facility has 77 beds. It is not known how many beds would occupy the new building. Leading design of the approximately $100M project is Christner Inc. KJWW is serving as lead engineer.


The facility was formerly known as Faith Hospital. It was founded in 1937 at Taylor and Maffitt avenues in St. Louis City. In 1950 the hospital moved to 3300 North Kingshighway in the Fairgrounds Park neighborhood. Faith Hospital then moved to Creve Coeur in 1969. BJC bought the medical center in 1989.

West County Hospital features a Siteman Cancer Center branch, an intensive care unit, and acclaimed gastroenterology and orthopedic departments. The Siteman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within 240 miles of St. Louis.

Information posted by BJC:

The plan to replace Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is a step closer to reality. After nearly two years of planning, the design of the new hospital is complete, and contractors will break ground first quarter 2017.

“We’re very excited to share the vision of our beautiful new facilities,” says Trish Lollo, president, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “The design team has worked closely with our leadership and team members to create a modern patient care environment that further enables clinicians to provide the very best care and support the needs of our patients.”

The new hospital calls for 64 private patient rooms, four intensive care unit rooms and 14 operating rooms, with room for future expansion to 100 inpatient rooms and 16 operating rooms. An adjoining medical office building will facilitate access to hospital services.

The new hospital will continue BJWCH’s focus on low acuity, short-stay surgical and medical cases, including colorectal, GI, joint reconstruction/ replacement, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastics, spine, thoracic, urology and vascular surgery.

“The patients at our BJC hospitals have come to expect exceptional care in comfortable, safe and healing environment,” says Bob Cannon, BJC Group President, president Barnes-Jewish Hospital. (or Rich Liekweg, BJC executive vice president). “The new facilities are designed to incorporate advanced approaches to patient care, comfort, healing and safety, which will further support our skilled clinicians.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital offers highly specialized care for a unique line of services. This includes the Siteman Cancer Center, emergency care, heart and vascular, imaging, a Sleep Center, and physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures including colorectal, urology, orthopedics, plastics, ENT, digestive diseases, bariatrics and ophthalmology. The hospital has the latest amenities and technology including updated emergency department, patient care areas, and operating rooms, including a robotic surgical suite, a 64-slice CT scanner and an integrated critical care program utilizing a tele-ICU and bedside consulting from intensivists.

In early 2017, construction will begin on new hospital.

What We’re Building

A New Hospital

  • 260,000 square feet
  • Three levels of private patient rooms
    • 64 rooms will open in 2019
    • 32 rooms will be finished in the future
  • 14 operating rooms
  • Two operating rooms will be finished in the future
  • Four intensive care unit rooms
  • Separate elevators for staff, patients and visitors, and supplies
  • Welcoming lobby, waiting areas, guest services and café
  • Interventional radiology
  • New emergency department

Medical Office Building

  • 100,000 square feet
  • Four floors of physician office space
  • Connected to the hospital
  • Convenient parking underneath
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  • John

    Nice to see the investment in patient care and in the community. I’ve never been to that hospital, but I’ve heard that it was in much need of a 21st century upgrade.

  • Adam

    Bland building? Check. Giant parking lot? Check. Yep, it’s a suburban hospital.

    • tbatts666

      I’ve never seen a suburban hospital that looks respectful and good. Old hospital building had great relationships with the street. (The old city hospital buildings, Deslodge, Busch eye center, Homer G Phillips… I’m sure there is more in STL).

      These old hospitals are versatile buildings ( The City hospital on Lafayette was build in late 1890’s, escaped urban renewal and is now upper end housing called The Georgian).

      Most of these hospitals are subsidized by tax payers, and we should be requiring them to not be disposable buildings, but rather something that can re purposed if business fails.

      I can’t complain too much, this is just as bad as all the parasitic subdivisions.

      • jhoff1257

        Old hospital buildings were beautiful because it was cheap to build them then and they didn’t require the vastly expensive equipment and medicine that we use today. They were more urban in form because they were placed in already densely developed City neighborhoods.

        And what about this hospital makes it disposable? Apparently the City of St. Louis thought much of City Hospital, the Social Evil Hospital, the City Dispensary, the Marine Hospital, St. Mary’s Infirmary, Alexian Brothers, and dozens of other old gorgeous hospitals were disposable because they were all demolished over the years.

        With all do respect, all these complaints about a suburban hospital not being urban enough or enough like 110 year old hospital buildings is quite frankly ridiculous.

        • Adam

          I don’t think it’s ridiculous at all to expect design (not talking about aesthetics) that makes it easier for people to get around without a car, even if it’s just within the campus itself or within a couple of blocks of the campus. It would be a start, and that’s how progress is made.

          • jhoff1257

            Got it.

  • PJr.

    Looks like a series of prison buildings. Not something I want to envision or think about when heading to a hospital.

    • jhoff1257

      Wherever you live must have really nice prisons. The ones around me are really old stone buildings with bars on the very tiny windows surrounded by massively high walls and barbed wire fences. This looks exactly like a hospital, a boring hospital, but a hospital.

      Though I will add the windows do have similar tones to the St. Louis County Justice Center, but honestly I always thought that was a decent looking building considering it’s use.

      • tbatts666

        I think what he is getting at is that it’s monotonous and bland. If you google The Saint Louis County jail is sorta reminiscent.

        I’m not sure. Old hospitals did have some uplifting architectural elements.

        New hospitals across the board embrace meaningless modernist architecture trends. Still I wouldn’t expect a 7-11 in the suburbs to do anything interesting, nor would I expect a suburban hospital.

        • jhoff1257

          Umm, I think I got exactly what he was getting at…I even made the comparison to the St. Louis County Justice Center which I said was a good looking building considering it’s use. It’s a hospital, it’s more important for them to put their money into caring for patients, not building extravagant palaces.

          • Adam

            Agreed that their priority should be caring for patients rather than buildings extravagance, but they could much improve the form and land use without making it extravagant. These complexes waste so much space on parking. The new St. Clare Hospital out in Fenton is another perfect example. The moat of parking around that place is mind boggling, and I’ve never once seen the lot anywhere close to full. Lots of trees were cut down for that mess. They even built a sidewalk along Bowles Ave. No idea why as the building is set back from the street about 1000 ft. It’s a shame because there are homes, restaurants (Russell’s!) and businesses within walking distance of the Bowles/141 intersection but you’d be taking your life in your hands to try and walk anywhere. This new hospital looks set to make the same mistakes.

          • Boss Tycoon

            Your comments show how little you know about patient populations, ADA requirements, and planning. BJC West County will be a state of the art medical facility first and foremost catering to a suburban patient population and staffed by hundreds – all of whom require parking. The fact that they are building right on top of the existing hospital, right in its place, is a testament to responsible land use.

          • Adam

            I didn’t say they don’t require parking, nor that parking shouldn’t be provided. But the form of the parking could be something other than a moat. Don’t pretend like patient populations and ADA and planning require that crap. Give me a break. It’s completely possible to comply with ADA and provide ample parking while also giving a sh*t about people on foot and building for a more car-optional future, especially when you’ve got no constraints on space.

          • Riggle

            All require bus service. See how easy that is?

          • jhoff1257

            I agree with Mr. Tycoon below. I’m no fan of the suburbs myself but come on. There is literally no point to building a hospital in an urban form at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur. Every person using BJC West County is going to get there by car. There is a parking garage proposed that would absorb some of the surface parking for when BJC decides to add some additions. This is fine for a hospital in West County. If BJC was trying to remake their CWE campus like this then you might have a point.

          • Adam

            “Every person using BJC West County is going to get there by car.”

            And they’ll be forced to do so indefinitely unless an effort is made to build otherwise. All other things being equal it makes no sense NOT to build so that people have options.

          • jhoff1257

            Sorry to be the cynical asshole here but this part of Metro St. Louis will never be car optional. It just won’t be. We can all wish for it to be that way, but we’re talking West County here. It ain’t happening.

          • Adam

            Cool. Then lets continue to promote driving and wasteful construction.

          • jhoff1257

            This isn’t wasteful. They are knocking down an old building and replacing it with a new and modern building. Parking lots can be built on. Maybe they will build some bus stops but the likelihood of a significant transit investment or the retrofitting of the surrounding suburban development isn’t likely to happen.

          • Adam

            I should have said wasteful land use. I’m not complaining that they’re replacing the buildings, just that they’re wasting an opportunity to improve the site plan. A couple of bus stops would be great except that patrons would then have to walk a half mile from Mason or Olive through parking lot wilderness to get to a building. It just doesn’t make any sense. Of course they’re not going to retrofit the surrounding suburbs all at once, but change has to start somewhere.

          • jhoff1257

            “A couple of bus stops would be great except that patrons would then have to walk a half mile from Mason or Olive through parking lot wilderness to get to a building.”

            That’s not really true. Mercy Hospital, Chesterfield Mall, West County Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, MoBap, even Chesterfield City Hall and dozens of other employment centers in the County are bus transfer centers or have bus stops within the property and none of those places are built in an urban form or close to any major street…if anything they’re worse then this.