Jun 15, 2017
Those hoping for another dose of information on the Centene project are in luck. Impressive new design sketches have been issued showing the planned auditorium and garage of the campus coming slowly to fruition in the bustling heart of Clayton.
Appearing on NextSTL.com, the series of artistic renderings show a 13-level garage including five below-ground tiers and an auditorium with a wavy, sloping, glassed-in exterior girdling a more angular central building which could seat as many as 1,000 patrons.
The plans are revisions representing an auditorium which has been relocated to the west of Carondelet Plaza and show changes to the garage’s façade.
“The design has more architectural heft than pasting on architectural elements or art and may meld well with the adjacent auditorium,” NextSTL’s Alex Ihnen writes of the reworked parking structure. “The south side of the garage is planned to be covered by future residential development.”
Big as they are, the structures are only one part of a larger redevelopment for Centene. The health care giant’s website said the massive $770 million multi-phase project, which includes office, retail and residential opportunities, public green space and a LEED Gold-certified structure, is expected to create 1,000 new jobs. The company estimates that the expansion would provide $31 million in extra tax revenue to the city and $56 million to the school district over the next two decades along with new shops, restaurants and infrastructure improvements.