UMSL Patient Care Center

The UMSL Patient Care Center will be a new 48,000-square-foot facility, which is being designed by HOK and will be located on South Campus. (Image courtesy of HOK)

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is reshaping its South Campus with a new $17 million Patient Care Center for its colleges of Optometry and Nursing. The new 48,000-square-foot facility is being designed by HOK and will enhance and expand the eye care services offered through the existing University Eye Center. The facility will incorporate the latest technology needed to advance eye and vision research and recruit the most highly qualified faculty and students to the college.

Scheduled to open in 2016, the facility includes space for campus and community partners to offer complementary health-care services such as dental and primary care. UMSL has the only optometry program in Missouri and one of just 21 nationwide.

“The HOK team understands what it takes to help us reshape the education setting and create an environment that facilitates the delivery of efficient and high quality care for our patients,” said Dr. Larry Davis, dean of UMSL’s College of Optometry. “They have offered creative ideas at each step of the planning process that address the functional aspects desired from the building. We look forward to seeing those plans take shape in the coming months.”

Located on a seven-acre landscaped site, the new two-story Patient Care Center will provide space for clinical education and research as well as comprehensive eye and vision care. About 13,000 square feet of space is being programmed for partnership opportunities such as a walk-in clinic and dental-care services. It will replace the existing University Eye Center located since 1980 at Marillac Hall, which was originally designed as a residence hall for nuns.

UMSL Patient Care Center

This HOK rendering depicts an interior view of the future UMSL Patient Care Center.

With a prominent location along Natural Bridge Road, the HOK-designed Patient Care Center will create a new gateway to the university’s district of professional schools south of Natural Bridge. The site design will capitalize on the building’s location adjacent to the UMSL South MetroLink station by creating new pathways to connect the Patient Care Center to mass transit campus wide.

The building’s two-story atrium will capture an abundance of natural light and offer clear wayfinding to four service clusters, including adult eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens eye care and primary health care. A series of clerestory windows above each of the four areas will allow natural light to reach inner corridors and spaces.

Each clinic will feature student-faculty consultation space, individual and group learning space and promote collaboration between the students, faculty and staff.

Funding for the new center came in part from a supplemental fee that will be assessed to optometry students. It is also funded by internal reallocations within the college and campus reserves.

The improvements to the College of Optometry are the first phase of planned capital improvements for UMSL’s South Campus. Future phases of construction will include an additional 200,000 square feet to colocate all teaching and learning, research and administrative functions for the colleges of Nursing and Optometry.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is a public metropolitan research university located in Missouri’s most populous and economically important region. UMSL provides exceptional learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body through the university’s outstanding faculty, ranked programs, innovative research and community partnerships.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. For five consecutive years, DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design.

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Ryan Heinz

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