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SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Replacement Hospital

Fenton, Missouri

Lean principles and an integrated team deliver award winning ‘Hospital of the Future’



Key Services




Steel Fabrication

Strategic Partnerships

Virtual Design & Construction

Delivery Method
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
590,000 SF (including cancer center, MOB and ambulatory surgery center)
Work Hours
1.2 million

The challenge

The new campus occupies a 54-acre parcel in Fenton, Missouri — formerly a golf course.. The replacement hospital included 180 patient suites inside a six-story tower as well as a cancer center and emergency department.

Additional structures included a 116,000 SF medical office building and 36,000 SF ambulatory surgery center and neuroscience research center.

Key Facts

The first new hospital built in St. Louis County in 35 years

Vista Award winner, American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) (New Construction)

Best Practices Award, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

Keystone Award finalist, AGCMO

Challenge met

The owner, designers, and Alberici operated in concert under an Integrated Project Delivery Agreement and leveraged Lean construction principles to minimize waste and optimize schedule through closely coordinated sequencing. From the start, the team agreed to including design-assist trade partners and using prefabrication strategies in order to deliver the hospital as expeditiously as possible. Off-site prefabricated elements included ductwork and piping assemblies, as well as patient room headwalls.

Initial floor plans featured patient rooms in a typical, mirrored layout. However, by the time construction was underway, new research validated the benefits of single-handed rooms for the safety of patients and the owner decided to make this change to the entire patient tower. Because collaborative processes had been the benchmark of the project from the beginning, the team was able to resolve issues and make modifications in the field quickly.

The highly recognized and award-winning project completed on time and on budget, much due to the team-oriented mindset and collaborative actions of all involved.

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