McGrath & Associates begins work on Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department Behavioral Health Pod


McGrath & Associates has begun work on the renovation and expansion of the Behavioral Health Pod within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Department in St. Louis. McGrath is the general contractor and construction manager on the project. The architect is TKH and the engineer is Aedifica Case Engineering. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2018.

McGrath will move the emergency department X-ray room and several offices to make space for the Behavioral Health Pod expansion at Barnes-Jewish. Psychiatric safety is being incorporated throughout the design of the new area, to enhance the safety of staff and patients.

The 8,400-square-foot renovated space will include an open treatment area with shared bays and separate rooms. Features include safe “quiet” rooms, enhanced security on doors, and psych-safe space design, products and equipment.

Because the renovation is taking place in occupied health care areas, McGrath is implementing strict isolation and infection prevention measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983. For more information, call Ken Knobbe at (314) 772-7600 or visit

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