By. Chris Stritzel
Today, at 10A.M., SSM and St. Louis University officially broke ground on their brand new, $550 Million hospital facility to be built near Grand and Chouteau. It has been no secret that ground preparations have been on going (Pevely Building Demolished, sidewalks closed) but this groundbreaking event made it official that cranes will soon be ready to rise so that the new medical center is open by 2020. We have known about the groundbreaking date since Early August, but it is different to see it in reality. The new state of the art facility will replace the added on portion of the hospital behind the historic Desloge Building along Grand.
By the way, the Desloge Building will be saved from being demolished.
Because of the significance of this project beginning, the event was attended by dignitaries from the City, State and St. Louis University. They spoke at the event. In particular, this project has much controversy and anger surrounding it as the historic Pevely Building had to come down in preparation of this as well as the set back from Grand. The decision to also not include any kind of retail space on Grand has also drawn criticism. This part of Grand is particularly desolate with no more than a Gas Station from Russell Boulevard to the South to Chouteau on the North. It is not a big deal though since the Barnes Jewish complex in Central West End doesn't include retail space along any street in any of their buildings.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Nurses and Doctors chimed in on the designed process to make rooms more inviting and to allow more natural light into the facility. Therefore, every hallway will end with a window to give it a more welcoming feeling.
The new hospital is part of a handful of projects worth more that $150 million in the city. The other three include One Hundred on Kingshighway (2020), Ballpark Village Phase 2 (2019) and the New NGA Facility (2020). SSM's development along with these could hold the key to a successful City future if all go as planned. The SLU Hospital will have room to grow on when construction is completed in 3 years time.
Images below are from SLU Hospital’s Twitter Page
New Renderings have been found on St. Louis Magazine's Website. They are featured in the gallery below. They show the interior of the building as well as new exterior perspectives.