The Central West End Metrolink Station sits squarely in the middle of the Washington University Medical Center and is the most used station in the system. The area surrounding the station is very industrial and together with the low topography, can make users feel as if they are in something of a “hole”. Partnering with Metro, Washington University School of Medicine and BJC tasked Mackey Mitchell with elevating the experience of daily users and visitors by transforming this leftover space into a new front door for the world-class medical campus.
Working with many stakeholders, including the medical center, Metro, and the contractor, Mackey Mitchell redesigned the station so that it could stay in use during construction, be buildable in an extremely constrained site, and still be a world class design was no small feat. Mackey Mitchell was able to manage diverse and sometimes competing viewpoints to come to a consensus that all stakeholders could agree to and be excited about.
Since its initial completion 30 years ago, the station had failed to keep up with the growing campus around it. This new front door to the medical center now has a wide and gracious stairway leading to a new welcome center to guide guests and visitors. A glassy, light-filled elevator takes patrons down to an expanded platform canopy that shelters them from the elements. New lighting fills the space and contributes to a safe and comfortable environment. A station now well positioned for the future, these upgrades allow the University, Hospital, and City to put their best foot forward as visitors and residents travel to one of the area’s most loved neighborhoods.
...passengers and future riders will benefit from the improvements, which include new access control that will create a safer and more convenient transit experience through secure, monitored entry and exit points.
- Taulby Roach
Bi-State Development President and Chief Executive Officer (via KSDK)