Centene Campus - Clayco

Centene Campus

Project Description

Clayco’s relationship with the Centene Corporation began in 2008 with the award of the Centene Plaza in Clayton, Missouri. The campus’ 21-story office tower and 1,700-space parking garage is surrounded by decorative landscape and hardscape in a public plaza featuring artwork by Liam Gillick. One of Gillick’s signature pieces, an illuminated colored glass canopy, connects the 12-story garage to the tower. The project is almost completely leased at 96% occupancy, and includes high-profile firms such as Armstrong Teasdale (the area’s 3rd largest law firm), JP Morgan, Cassidy Turley, and Stinson Morrison Hecker.

Despite one of the worst financial collapses in years, Clayco’s real estate services team developed a strategic financing plan and almost fully leased the entire facility in less than 15 months. They worked with the city of Clayton, the county and the state, as well as client partners and The Koman Group. Forum Studio provided the master planning, full design, and architectural and engineering services for the garage and retail space. Concrete Strategies, Inc. self-performed the concrete framework using an innovative sequencing plan.

After a successful inception of Centene Plaza, Clayco was awarded the $770 million expansion to the campus, Centene Centre. Currently under construction, this expansion will extend the campus’ office space and create over 2,000 jobs new to the state of Missouri. The expansion is designed to meet Centene’s growth while also creating a vibrant, mixed-use development complete with office space, residences, and a full-scale auditorium, all large components to the City of Clayton’s Downtown Master Plan.

As a national healthcare provider, Centene’s commitment to sustainability and healthy living drove its desire to construct high-performance LEED certified facilities. The entire campus is pedestrian-friendly with fully-landscaped walkways and public green spaces. The existing building is LEED Gold certified, and the expansion is tracking the same certification.

Check out the webcam to see the progress of Centene Center, the newest addition to the Centene Campus.