This project involves a renovation for the the McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI), which has recently undergone strategic visioning to support

  • expansion of clinical market share
  • increased NIH funded research
  • the addition of PIs with NIH funding
  • development of new technologies for genomics sequencing, analysis and dissemination.

These goals will require the consolidation and repurposing of former production labs, rebalancing the mix of wet/dry lab space, and provisions for proper office space support.

This project activates previously underutilized space within the same footprint and will allow the department to meet extended programs needs without the addition of new square footage.

It will require a gut renovation of the majority of the fourth floor of 4444 Forest Park Parkway to construct new flexible labs with equipment rooms, tech write-up spaces, faculty offices, and a conference and break room. All new MEP/FP systems will be installed with upgrades to building systems to support the new labs. Work includes moving the Genome Technology Access Center (GTAC) operation from CORTEX to the newly renovated space and moving existing functions to make way for the renovation.

This is phase one of a three phase renovation that will accommodate genetics research expansion on campus.


Summer 2020


KWK – architect
United Construction – general contractor


Paul Duell

Project Renderings

February 2020