BJC HealthCare plans 16-story tower at former Queeny Tower site

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BJC HEALTHCARE is breaking ground this month on a 16-story inpatient hospital tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. – BJC photo

BJC HealthCare is breaking ground this month on a 16-story inpatient hospital tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The tower, part of a long-term vision to transform the Washington University Medical Campus, will sit at the site of the former Queeny Tower and house 224 private inpatient rooms and 56 private intensive care unit rooms. The 660,000 square-foot tower will also have two rooftop gardens, a business center, kitchenette, quiet rooms and laundry facilities.

An expansive surgical prep and recovery program will occupy two floors and two additional floors will feature a modern imaging center.

Improvements along Barnes-Jewish Plaza will include an elevated pedestrian walkway leading from parking to a redesigned and expanded lobby, gift shop and coffee bar. A widened street and reconfigured drop off and valet space will make the entrance easier to access.

“Even while on the front lines of combatting COVID-19 over the past year, we have continued to deliver on our mission of providing the highest quality of care to all patients we are privileged to serve.  The design of our new building will mirror our commitment to ensuring patient and family comfort during outpatient visits and hospital stays,” said Barnes-Jewish Hospital president John Lynch, MD. “The state-of-the-art technology we’re incorporating throughout the facility will further provide our caregivers with everything they need to deliver excellent patient care for decades to come.”

The design of the tower will complement the hospital’s Parkview Tower and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion, which opened in early 2018.

The design-build team on the project, led by McCarthy Builders, includes architectural firm CannonDesign, BR+A Consulting Engineers.

Paul Scheel, Jr., MD, CEO, Washington University Physicians, says, “This new facility ensures our patients have the best possible environment with the latest technology and best practices in patient care. In addition, this new environment will better enable our physicians to enhance the education of future medical and health care professionals.”


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