A virtual healthcare center created to expand specialized health care services to the entire Mercy network and beyond.
Nestled among mature trees on 40 acres of woodland in Chesterfield, Missouri, the Mercy Virtual Care Center is the world’s first development of its kind – a healthcare and innovation center that delivers virtual medicine on a global scale.
The strategy for the campus landscape is rooted in sustainable site initiatives that reflect the ecological classification and primary plant communities of the eco-region. Areas that will be disrupted through the process of construction will be replaced with native woodland, prairie, savanna. An inter-planting strategy composed of multiple Missouri species, ranging in size, will be used to provide a natural developing aesthetic while creating the next generation of the canopy on the campus. This creation of a “working” and “living” landscape fosters an environment for healing, learning, and interaction that directly corresponds to the Mercy model of care.
While the interior of the building focuses on medicine and patient care, the exterior site and landscape are designed to reduce the urban heat island effect, drink stormwater, provide habitat for people and pollinators, and become a backdrop for exceptional views of nature. When siting the building and layout of circulation, the main focus was to be responsive to existing vegetation and respect the topography and drainage of the site. Built upon sustainable principals, the master plan defined the landscape based upon three key principles – Preserve, Restore, and Enhance. Preservation of existing trees and green space, restoration of native landscapes, and enhancement of exterior site amenities make this development a quiet place in an otherwise stressful environment.
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