If you’ve driven by the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus lately, it’s hard to miss the new UMSL Patient Care Center going up next to Natural Bridge Road.
The metal frame from the fall is now covered in red brick and sleek mirrored windows. But what’s happening on the inside? Davis gave UMSL Daily a sneak peek inside the center’s development.
Scroll below for an inside view.
Step through the front doors into this welcome area, which features a circular window casting the sunlight in colorful rays and a signature decorative wall that will have the slits lit up with LED lights. At the far end, a play area will keep children entertained while they wait for their appointment.
“This solves the problems we have with those pesky, ugly, always-broken, never-illuminating lamps that are attached to the exam equipment,” he says, noting that the lamp currently there will be done away with entirely.
All exam rooms have been standardized and are 10 feet by 14 feet as compared to the exams rooms that vary and are at most 8 feet by 10 feet in College of Optometry’s current patient care facility.
“It looks deceptively small from the outside,” Davis says. “But really it’s quite a bit of space on the inside. We have 32 eye lanes and 10 primary care lanes.”
The current patient care facility sees about 3,000 visits a year. Davis says he expects a 50-percent increase in that with the new center.
Preparation for the iced-glass partitions is underway in the learning center section of the Patient Care Center designed to assist students in their optometry training. The different “portals” of the center are color coded in shades of blue, a tentative color scheme for the building.
The second-floor staff break room features a fond view of Marillac Hall, which will still house the academic side of the College of Optometry. The parking lot below will provide 210 parking spaces for patients, staff, faculty and students who visit and work in the UMSL Patient Care Center. And for those who take the MetroLink, a sidewalk will lead right to the center’s front door from the UMSL South MetroLink station.