Anyone who has driven through the BJC/Washington University School of Medicine “back of the house” area from Clayton Avenue to Duncan Avenue on Taylor Avenue realizes that the area is a game of “pedestrian pinball”. Despite multiple marked crosswalks and on-duty security personal, hospital staff and students are constantly dodging cars, bicycles, and Metro trains.
At night, the walk from parking structures to the medical buildings can be somewhat nerve-wracking as well. Wide open spaces with few night time activities can make pedestrians targets of opportunity for criminals.
BJC plans to alleviate those issues with the construction of a link extension, connecting parking structures with the campus buildings. Staff and students will traverse from parking structures to campus four stories above ground level in enclosed bridges.
In this video, Ramona Tumblin-Rucker, project manager BJC Healthcare and Arno Sandoval, senior project architect for KAI Design and Build, design/build contractor, explain the concept of the project and the plans for its construction.