PARIC Breaks Ground on St. Louis Community College Health Sciences Center


This week marks the start of PARIC’s construction of a $61.97 million health sciences building for St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus.

With PARIC as general contractor and KAI as architect, the 100,000-square-foot, four-story Center for Nursing and Health Sciences facility is on its way toward an anticipated Fall 2024 completion.

Increased space for the college’s nursing, dental hygiene and radiology technology programs will be byproducts of the project, as will be tech-forward equipment and simulator labs to train students to prepare for careers in paramedic and emergency medical technology.

The work is a component of St. Louis Community College’s comprehensive $500 million facilities upgrade strategy at its four campuses known as STLCC Transformed. In addition to Florissant Valley, the system has campuses in Forest Park, Kirkwood and Wildwood. The health sciences building that is now underway is one of two new buildings planned for the Florissant Valley location. Kadean Construction will build the campus’ Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“This is an exciting time in our college’s history because we’re transforming our main campuses to support the growth and competitiveness of our region,” said Chancellor Jeff Pittman. “Once these projects and more are completed, STLCC will be positioned to serve students now and in the future by offering new programs in state-of-the-art learning spaces.”

PARIC Named Top Workplace


             Among Only 7 Percent of St. Louis Region’s 2,499 Eligible Employers

     PARIC Corp., one of the largest privately held companies in the Midwest, has been named a “Top Workplace” in the Greater St. Louis region.

     Of 2,499 eligible companies in the region with more than 50 employees which were invited to participate in the recognition program, only about 7 percent achieved the honor.

     To determine “Top Workplace” honors, employees of the various companies were surveyed by a third-party employee engagement technology firm. The anonymous, 24-question survey measures 15 important factors or “culture drivers” that are critical to the success of all organizations. Examples of those drivers include values, interdepartmental cooperation, meaningfulness of the work, feeling appreciated, open-mindedness, innovation and clued-in leaders.

     PARIC President Keith Wolkoff cited as probable factors leading to the “Top Workplace” recognition the company’s long-time commitment to hiring the best talent and then providing every employee with top-notch training, career development, compensation and benefits. “The PARIC culture is anchored in specific core values and revolves around ‘The Power of One,’” Wolkoff said. “We challenge each individual to embrace the necessity of relentless evolution in our work and in our lives,” Wolkoff added, , ““but everything starts with hiring the best people.”

What Employees Say

     In addition to the “Top Workplace” survey, PARIC conducts quarterly engagement measurements supported by separate surveys and open communication to provide current feedback to managers at all levels of the organization. The most current comments include the following.

  • From a procurement specialist – “This is the only company I’ve ever been in that I actually want to recruit for – that I’m excited about and where I think people can do well in joining us.”
  • From a project executive – “What motivates me is the people. We have a lot of smart people, a lot of people who have a lot of talent who can be mentored and developed.”
  • From a superintendent – “What I really like about PARIC is the great opportunities for all.”
  • From a project manager – “It truly is family first. The work that we do is important, but at the end of the day, your family really is the number one priority here.”