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Photo by Laura Thomson

Construction for the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine, located just west of the Central West End Metrolink stop on the Washington University Medical Center campus, was completed at the end of 2009. The construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the interior. A scenic plaza for medical center staff and physicians and the general community will be completed later in 2010.

The 11-story, 700,000-square-foot BJC Institute of Health will be the hub for BioMed 21, the university’s initiative to speed scientific discovery and apply breakthroughs to patient care rapidly. It also eventually will house Barnes-Jewish Hospital support operations, dietary services, clinical laboratories and pharmacies. Washington University researchers have begun occupying the building and continue their quest to uncover new treatments and cures. The School of Medicine laboratories are designed to facilitate teamwork and interaction. A two-story lobby with a glass entryway leads into the building.

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