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IMEG-designed, $550 million hospital project breaks ground in St. Louis



Hospital officials recently broke ground on the new SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center in St. Louis. IMEG is providing MEP, fire protection, and technology design for the $550 million project that is replacing the existing St. Louis University Hospital. The new hospital is a joint effort between SSM Health, SLUCARE Physician Group, and Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


Attending the groundbreaking for IMEG were Business Developer Armand Harpin, Principal Steve Rhoades, Client Executive Mike Lawless, Lead Electrical Engineer Philip Kikel, and Electrical Engineer Zack Carter.


The 600,000-square-foot replacement hospital will have 316 private patient rooms, 14 operating rooms and a diagnostic and clinical chassis sufficient to service inpatient utilization demands. A 200,000-square-foot outpatient facility with a parking garage and expanded emergency department also will be added. The new hospital is designed to support the organization’s academic mission, providing large alcoves in the hallways for physicians and residents to gather for discussion without disrupting hallway traffic, and an outdoor common space between the hospital and outpatient facility.


The strategic positioning of the campus buildings will separate traffic flow to the emergency department and the rest of the hospital, giving ambulances, patients, and visitors easier access to emergency services.


The new hospital – the first adult academic medical center for SSM – will be constructed next to the existing SLU Hospital, which will remain open until the new facility is completed in 2020.