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A New Eye Center for Education and Patient Care

University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
Patient Care Center

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

“Beyond its striking architecture and beauty, the Patient Care Center has greatly improved the operations of the eye care center. 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 throughout the facility.”

Larry Davis
Dean of the College of Optometry at UMSL

This new Patient Care Center provides space for clinical education and research while offering eye and vision care for the community.

The center anchors a city-wide network of eye clinics that serve a diverse network of patients, with a focus on underserved neighborhoods. The university values the community connections that it creates.

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. Its four service areas accommodate adult eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens care and primary healthcare. A two-story atrium with a signature eye-shaped window acts as the building’s focal point.

HOK designed the building with flexibility for UMSL’s patient care, educational and outreach needs. Same-handed and equally sized treatment rooms will enable it to accommodate future changes in the healthcare industry. An in-house retail optometric dispensary for glasses and contacts provides one-stop service for patients.

The design also provides 13,000 square feet of space to accommodate potential community partnership opportunities that could include an urgent care or dental clinic.

The Patient Care Center is located adjacent to the UMSL South MetroLink station. The seven-acre site includes 192 parking spaces.


LEED Silver anticipated


48,000 sq. ft. / 4,460 sq. m.


Interior Design
Master Planning
Medical Planning


IIDA Gateway Chapter - Design Excellence Award


3 November 2016
“Look at HOK’s Eye-Catching Design of UMSL’s New Optometry Patient Center”
St. Louis Business Journal

1 November 2016
“UMSL Opens Optometry Care Center”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

1 November 2016
“University of Missouri-St. Louis Opens New Patient Care Center for College of Optometry”
HOK News

10 March 2016
“Sneak Peek Into New UMSL Patient Care Center”
UMSL Daily