After the city of Ferguson, Missouri gained national attention in 2014, the Centene Corporation responded by pledging the construction of a new service center, childcare center, and training facility that would bring new jobs to the community. Mackey Mitchell, along with Grice Group Architects, quickly got to work designing the 3-story, 45,000sf facility. The first floor includes a full service kitchen, café, outdoor dining patio, fitness room and training/conference rooms. The upper two floors consist of mainly open offices with several private offices and conference rooms. Adjacent to the service center is a 7,500sf childcare center for employees' children, and a 6,600sf training center.
Before working on the Ferguson facility, Mackey Mitchell designed similar centers in recent years for Centene in Montana, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Because of this established relationship, the team was able to move quickly and completed the project within a highly compressed timeframe. The design was based on a previously completed center in Texas and the builder used tilt-up construction to help get the center up and running as soon as possible, bringing much-needed quality jobs to the community.
The new Centene Service Center is positively impacting a community in dire need of jobs and reinvestment. Employees not only have a quality work environment, but the on-site childcare center allows them to see their children throughout the day. The training facility offers the surrounding community a much-needed space for adult meeting and educational events.
Mackey Mitchell representatives have unique skill sets that are shaped by research of how the physical environment influences its inhabitants, along with their own life experiences and personal observations of how children interact with their physical surroundings. The result is refreshingly creative, thoughtful, and passionate.
- Belinda Stumberg
Bright Horizons, Sr. Director, Center Development