Front & Center

Information about the upcoming Center for Nursing and Health Sciences building at Forest Park.

Front & Center

Front and Center is where you’ll stay up-to-date about the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park as it becomes the new front door to the campus and a state-of-the-art building for students and faculty.

Features of the Center

The Center, the first new academic building at Forest Park in 20 years, will allow STLCC to serve more students and expand popular programs in health sciences. It’s an example of the College’s strategic plan to focus resources and improve in-demand education and training for students.

The Center will cover 96,000 square feet over four floors to include:

  • Dental clinic
  • Allied health
  • Modern science labs and classrooms
  • Teaching areas
  • Innovative space
  • Building support
  • More flexible space and seating
  • More natural lighting
  • Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED)

Construction Updates

Throughout the construction process, we’ll share updates with help from our partners at Tarlton Corporation and KAI Design & Build. The terms may be a bit unfamiliar, but we’ll do our best to keep it simple.

Progress through December 2018

A lot of work happened at the Center since mid-November and throughout December, but we’ll keep it simple with a brief update.

  • Building Exterior – Masonry (bricks) work on the east, south and north sides of the building are done.
  • Level 1 – Plumbing, ceiling rough-in for sanitary, vent and water; electric ceiling rough-in and door frame are set.
  • Level 2 – Plumbing – wall rough-in and insulation; beginning to hang drywall.
  • Level 3 – Mechanical piping and electrical rough-in, insulation and beginning to hang drywall.
  • Level 4 – Plumbing and ceiling rough-in, HVAC insulation, partition framing and setting door frames.
  • Roof – Work continues on roofing and mechanical piping to rooftop equipment.

Progress from Oct. 31 through Nov. 16, 2018

We learned a new term – exterior sheathing. The building looks like it’s wrapped in large beige panels that are basically part of the layers that will become the facade. And, some of the brick accents are in progress!

  • Level 1 – Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEPFP) are being roughed into the ceilings, followed by partition framing. Interior partition framing started in early November.
  • Level 2 – Interior fit out has begun. Ceiling rough-in for MEPFP is complete. Partition framing is mostly complete and wall rough-in for mechanical, electrical and plumbing is in progress.
  • Level 3 – MEPFP ceiling rough-in will be complete in early December. Partition framing is in progress for completion in November.
  • Level 4 – MEPFP above ceiling rough-in started in November and will be followed by partition framing.
  • Roof – Roofing was scheduled to start Nov. 5 and finish in early December, depending on the weather. Large mechanical units will be set on the roof the week of Nov. 12.
  • Exterior – Framing and sheathing started on the east elevation. Work is being done clockwise around the building to the south, west and north. After framing and sheathing, a spray applied air/vapor barrier is installed. The frames for the storefront will begin in November. 

Progress as of Oct. 15

The second level is a skeleton of walls and halls that will become classrooms, laboratories, study space and faculty offices with natural light from windows that offer scenic views of Forest Park, the BJC campus and a long distance peek at the downtown skyline.

Progress as of Sept. 14 includes:

  • Level 1 – Slab on grade prep.
  • Level 2 – Ductwork rough in, fireproofing, sanitary and storm piping, frame walls, electrical rough for walls and ceiling.
  • Level 3 – Layout of walls, fireproofing and ductwork installation.
  • Level 4 – Concrete deck poured, installation of the mechanical screen wall*.
    *Mechanical screen wall faces Oakland Ave and I-64.

Progress as of Aug. 31 includes:

  • Site work – The new domestic water and fire water services are being brought into the building from the main on the north side of Oakland Ave.  Mechanical piping is being installed underground from Tower C to the utility tunnel east of Tower A.
  • Level 1 – Under slab mechanical and electrical is being installed for the dental clinic in preparation for the slab on grade pour.
  • Level 2 – The concrete slab on the metal deck was poured Aug. 27. Ductwork installation started Aug. 29.
  • Level 3 – The concrete slab on the metal deck was poured Aug. 16. Mechanical work will start after the
  • Level 4 – Slab is poured. Metal decking is complete. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing sleeves are being installed.
  • Roof – Metal deck is being installed, followed by steel for the mechanical screen wall.

Take a look! Our construction partners at Tarlton took drone footage of the project.

August 2018

STLCC 71318 from Tarlton Corporation on Vimeo.

Fast Facts

  • The Center for Nursing and Health Sciences will serve approximately 900 students in nursing and health science professions.
  • STLCC’s nursing program enrolls 400 students every semester.
  • In fall 2017, more than 1,080 students declared a major in an STLCC allied health program.
  • In 2017, there were 142 nursing graduates. In spring 2018, there were 83 graduates.
  • Among health sciences, STLCC has a 90 percent job placement rate.
  • Eighty percent of recent graduates start a Bachelor of Science in nursing within one year after graduation.
  • The nursing program has 32 full-time faculty and approximately 32 part-time faculty.
  • The current building for health science was completed in 1968.
  • It’s more cost-efficient to construct a new site rather than renovate the existing building at a higher cost.

Student Diversity in STLCC Nursing Education

  • Female students – 89 percent
  • Male students – 11 percent
  • White – 49 percent
  • Black/African American – 40 percent
  • Asian, Hispanic or multiracial – 11 percent
  • Average age: 32
  • In the last five years, students identified more than 40 countries as their place of birth such as Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Morroco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

Diversity in Design, Construction

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KAI Design & Build, established in St. Louis in 1980, designed the Center. The project team consists of more than 85 percent minority business and woman business enterprises through KAI and its consultants.

Tarlton Corporation, a certified women’s business enterprise based in St. Louis, is leading the construction. The construction team comprises 50 subcontractors and suppliers, with an anticipated contract inclusion of 21 percent minority-owned (MBE) and 15 percent women-owned (WBE) businesses. Including KAI and Tarlton, the anticipated participation rises to 44 percent MBE and 56 percent WBE for the project.

Impact on Local, Regional Employment

  • In the region, projected growth for healthcare jobs is 11 percent, compared to a five-percent growth rate for all industries
  • Recently, there were nearly 20,000 job postings for healthcare positions
  • 2016 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report cited 44 percent of healthcare employers had a shortage of knowledgeable and skilled workers; 80 percent of healthcare employers said they are forced to hire less experienced workers
  • The project will employ skilled tradesmen and professionals to take the Center from design to completion.


  • September 2016 – STLCC’s Board of Trustees approve the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at a special board meeting.
  • February 2017 – The Board approved designs and plans for the Center.
  • August 2017 – The Board approved the cost and financing – $39 million – to have a minimal impact on the College’s operating budget.
  • March 2018 – Groundbreaking ceremony
  • April 2018 – Construction began
  • Fall 2019 – Center for Nursing and Health Sciences opens for students, faculty
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