BJC Institute of Health at WUSM Build-Outs

Health Care
Life Sciences
Square Footage

Sensitive environment


This Tarlton project on the 5th floor of the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine allowed for the relocation and consolidation of the WU Department of Pathology (Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Laboratory and Genomic Medicine) and Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Laboratory operations and administrative functions including the Molecular Diagnostics and Cryopreservation labs.

Tarlton also completed work in the Siteman Cancer Center biorepository and provided the infrastructure to support Floors 2-6, including new electrical systems, five air handling units and laboratory gas equipment. Two new passenger elevators were installed.

The team employed sustainable building practices and took care to avoid disruption in and around the building, which was operational during construction. Building Information Modeling proved useful during preconstruction, aiding in subcontractor coordination and helping the team complete the project two months earlier than originally scheduled.

Challenges included building on a busy health care campus with heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and safely using cranes to hoist materials and equipment into the building.

In addition to this project, Tarlton, in a W/MBE joint venture with Interface Construction, later fit out lab space on IOH Floors 3 and 4. That project included demolition, MEP rough-ins, a mechanical upgrade, emergency generator and architectural finishes.