University of Missouri-St. Louis Opens HOK-Designed Patient Care Center for College of Optometry
The University of Missouri-St. Louis has unveiled its College of Optometry’s new Patient Care Center on the South Campus.
Designed by HOK, the two-story, 48,000-sq.-ft. building provides a space for clinical education and research for the college as well as comprehensive eye and vision care for the community.
“It’s so good to see this longtime dream of the College of Optometry’s finally complete,” said Larry Davis, dean of the college.
The Patient Care Center replaces the University Eye Center located in UMSL’s Marillac Hall, a building originally designed as a residence hall for nuns. The new facility is located along Natural Bridge Road, adjacent to the UMSL South MetroLink station. It has four service areas for adult eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens eye care and primary healthcare. The two-story atrium with a signature “eye” window acts as a focal point of the building.
“Beyond its striking architecture and beauty, the Patient Care Center has greatly improved the operations of the eye care center,” said Davis. “In the short time we’ve occupied the building, we’ve recognized how the floor plan encourages collaboration among faculty across a variety of specialty areas. Patients will appreciate the logical, efficient flow as they move through the facility.”
“To accommodate UMSL’s patient care, educational and outreach needs, we designed the building to be highly flexible,” said Paul Whitson, AIA, senior vice president and regional leader of Healthcare at HOK in St. Louis. “Same-handed and equally sized treatment rooms will enable it to adapt to future changes within the healthcare industry.”
Approximately 13,000-square feet of space in the Patient Care Center is programmed for future community partnership opportunities, which could include an urgent care or dental clinic.
The improvements to the College of Optometry are the first phase of planned capital improvements on UMSL’s campus. Future construction phases could include the addition of a 200,000-sq.-ft. facility to co-locate all of the college’s teaching, research and administrative functions.