St. Louis Community College

Russell Awarded St. Louis Community College at Forest Park Project


ST. LOUIS, MO – Midwest-based Russell, a commercial construction and real estate development firm, has been awarded the contract for construction of the $48 million St. Louis Community College Forest Park Transportation Center.

This flagship project, a cornerstone in educational and workforce development for the St. Louis metro area, is a key component of the STLCC Transformed Initiative, centered around modernizing facilities and programming to meet the job training and retaining demands of Missouri.

The Transportation Center, located on the southern section of the campus, will replace an existing parking lot and redefine collaborative learning for automotive technology, diesel technology and CDL-A professional truck driving programs. The 79,000-square-foot facility will consolidate STLCC’s automotive, diesel and truck-driving programs under one roof. A 36,000-square-foot fleet parking lot and 193,000-square-foot truck driving lot are also within the project’s scope. Collaborative spaces, break areas, and group workspaces will facilitate a dynamic learning environment for both credit and non-credit students. Flexible classrooms and adaptable lobby areas are designed to meet student needs and serve as a central hub for hosting events and classes for external organizations.

STLCC broke ground in late October. A significant feature of the Transportation Center is the specialized garage equipped with bays designed for standard vehicles and large trucks. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2025.

“Our commitment to St. Louis is highlighted in our commitment to partnering with St. Louis Community College on this transportation building project,” said Mat Stack, St. Louis market president for Russell. “Workforce development is critical to a thriving metro. Being a part of this project aligns with Russell’s desire to continue to build great people, relationships and communities.”

Russell’s portfolio includes higher education construction projects collectively totally more than $372 million and manufacturing projects totaling more than $1.2 billion.

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.”