Centene reveals massive 4-phase Clayton campus plan

Centene Corp. on Monday revealed more details about its proposed Clayton campus, saying its first new building, directly east of its current headquarters, would total 660,000 square feet.

Unveiled for the first time before a standing-room-only crowd attending an Architectural Review Board meeting at City Hall, the project calls for a 28-story office tower, retail, residential units, corporate housing and a “civic auditorium” doubling as a Centene training center and a site for cultural events.

Upon completion, the complex will stretch east from the intersection of Forsyth Boulevard and Hanley Road into a section of University City abutting Forest Park Parkway.

A Centene official said the total cost has yet to be determined. Phase 1 could be completed by 2018.

The process of demolishing existing structures at the Forsyth-Hanley intersection, however, began in the spring — a source of concern for nearby residents, who worry about traffic congestion and blocked views.

Clayco is Centene’s construction manager, HOK is its architect and Cushman Wakefield is the lead project manager. Officials said Centene hopes to make progress on its plans over the next eight weeks.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal

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