Mercy Virtual

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A center intended to expand specialized health care services to the entire Mercy network.

The Mercy Virtual Care Center is the first building on the 40-acre integrated Mercy Campus that reunites and facilitates learning, ministry, telemedicine, and clinical care. The beginning of a transformational approach to healthcare with 125,000 SF of highly flexible space that supports enhanced health care delivery systems that operate 24/7. The program incorporates telemedicine, care management, research analytics and the business infrastructure to support and advance virtual care to both Mercy and non-affiliated patients. Monitoring patients across 7 states, Mercy’s vICU provides personalized, data driven care utilizing video and audio technology. Capitalizing on data analytics and innovative protocols, there’s been a 35% lower mortality rate and 30% reduction in time spent in the ICU.

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Mercy Virtual brings together more than 480 physicians, nurses, specialists, researchers and support staff. Care is delivered 24/7 via audio, video, and data connections to locations across Mercy and around the country. The center is also a hub for telehealth research and training.

Throughout the design of the center, effort was taken to ensure a connection to nature and the exterior was made. The Virtual Care Center was carefully positioned to save existing, mature trees that provide natural shading to the building’s south and west exposures, while also offering indoor/outdoor experiences for the building’s occupants. The exterior glazing undulates to create entry locations and balconies on upper floors, allowing the building occupants to easily step outside from their indoor workplace to access fresh air and views.

Rectangular 30,000 SF floor plates are designed to optimize flexibility and accommodate changing programs and technologies of the future. Each floor is strongly expressed as horizontal bands that represent the stability and strength of Mercy’s platform.

Landscape Architecture

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.

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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.

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. 




Chesterfield, MO


40 AC


  • Landscape Architecture
  • Planning + Urban Design


2018 ASLA Central States Merit Award 2018 ASLA St. Louis Chapter Merit Award Drawing & Landscape Honor Award Built 2017 HIR / ASHE Industry Innovation Program Winner 2017 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award 2016 DBIA Mid America Region Design-Build Award