Work Completed on 1,200 Foot-Long BJC Connector Bridge
PARIC Corporation, along with KAI Design & Build, is announcing the completion of the 1,200-foot-long, elevated pedestrian skywalk project (BJC Connector Bridge) connecting over 6,000 parking spaces to the main hospital complex on the BJC HealthCare/Washington University Medical Center campus in St. Louis, MO. The project is a component of the BJC HealthCare/Washington University Medical Center Campus Renewal Project – whose aim is to transform a 16-block campus that includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.
The renewal project is focused on improving the patient and family experience from both a clinical and campus perspective. Completed in March 2017, after only 264 construction days, the extensive pedestrian connector is a 13-foot-wide tube elevated to heights averaging 40 feet above street level. The connector was designed to blend in with its surroundings, withstand high pedestrian traffic and outside environmental factors such as wind and weather, and provide a comfortable, safe environment for its travelers. The 1,200-foot walkway ends at the new 12-story Mid-Campus Center where pedestrians can connect to the main elevated walkway system near the BJC Institute of Health and Hope Plaza.
With multiple contractors, subcontractors and entities involved in the project at any given time, including the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, MetroLink, various BJC HealthCare operational entities, as well as public utilities and the City of St. Louis, significant coordination was required by the PARIC construction team to keep the project on track. Covering roughly seven acres of prime real estate on the eastern side of the largest medical campus in St. Louis, logistics were of the utmost importance. It was quite a challenging project in that sense, but the teams were outstanding in their pace and professionalism.
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