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Mercy - St. Louis Site Redevelopment

St. Louis, Missouri

Implementation of the master plan over six years involved significant site redevelopment to support a new cancer center, heart hospital, and emergency department in this 859-bed hospital. The incremental development of the campus involved complicated phasing of site improvements including a loop road and zoned parking as well as significant landscaping. Dramatic changes occurred to the campus site with additional projects including a new patient tower, new main entry and women’s and children’s pavilions. 

Redevelopment of the campus and the construction of the David C. Pratt Cancer Center and Heart Hospital created opportunities to place emphasis on pedestrian circulation and the development of public gathering spaces. Where few outdoor amenities existed, each new facility is designed with interior lobbies and exterior plazas and gardens. The Cancer Center entry plaza integrated drop-off functions with a small, walled garden space, fountain and reflection pool. The garden can be seen from the lobby spaces on all floors and serves as a reference for wayfinding to the front door.  

The Heart Hospital entry garden creates gathering spaces while accommodating critical functions for the adjacent emergency department. Stone walls and naturalistic landscaping are a theme that carries through the campus design. A stone wall and fountain highlight the front entry of the Heart Hospital and create a focal point from within the lobby.

The new main hospital entrance is defined by a landscaped boulevard. The landscape theme is further strengthened by stone walls, a naturalistic landscape palette, and garden spaces.  


From the moment you close your car door, every aspect of the Cancer Center leads you to believe that you’re entering a special place. To my amazement, I was able to park close to the front door. My first pleasant surprise! Gardening is my passion, so I paid particular attention to the landscape surrounding the Cancer Center. A collection of benches flanks a calming, tranquil water feature. The selection of plant material forces you to stop and revel in their natural beauty. Butterflies were circling the Russian sage as I was taking in the sights this particular August morning.
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