KAI Design & Build has been awarded a consulting contract with St. Louis Community College (STLCC) to design the new Allied Health Center on the college’s Forest Park campus. The project team will be comprised of 85% Minority Business and Woman Business Enterprises through KAI and its consultants.
The contract was approved at the STLCC Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 23.
“KAI presents an experienced, diverse project team that has done considerable design work for the college,” said Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “They demonstrated a clear vision for the transformative nature of the new building, as well as a creative preliminary solution to the site development, acoustic concerns and future campus space requirements.”
The project aims to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the building. LEED is considered the leading benchmark in green building.
The proposed site of the new Allied Health building is along Oakland Avenue between the Library building and immediately north of the A, B and C Towers. It will house STLCC-Forest Park’s existing Allied Health programs, and add the districtwide Nursing program, plus the Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant programs, which are currently offered at the Meramec campus. Preliminary data suggests the facility will be 65,000 square feet.
“The new Allied Health Center will be a significant addition and improvement to the Forest Park campus. Replacing a more than 50-year-old structure, the new building will metaphorically reintroduce the campus to the St. Louis community in a bold and vibrant way.”, said Larry Johnson Jr, Ph.D., STLCC-Forest Park provost.
Project completion on the Allied Health building is estimated to be two-and-a-half years. Actual construction may take up to 15 months, and also will include demolition of the A and B Towers and construction of a new entrance off Oakland Avenue.
KAI Design & Build was established in 1980 in St. Louis, MO. The firm specializes in providing value‐added building solutions through design and build collaboration.
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses: Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood. The college annually serves more than 80,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit stlcc.edu.