St. Louis, Missouri
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CORTEX Commons

The Center for Research Technology & Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX), is a not-for-profit partnership founded to promote biotech development and life sciences research in a district located on several hundred acres in midtown St. Louis, bordered by the campuses of the founding sponsors, BJC HealthCare, Washington University, Saint Louis University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the University of Missouri/St. Louis. Its mission is to incubate and grow biotech firms. CORTEX is destined to become the regional and national hub for life sciences research, development, and commercialization.

This project included transit feasibility studies, connectivity planning, and transit-oriented development (TOD) planning. The objective of the study was to develop projections for net new riders over the next ten years on the MetroLink light rail system resulting in the potential establishment of a new train station and parking garage facility (for park and ride area employees at CORTEX).

This project included new design of a streetscape and common area for the growing CORTEX District. This common area will serve as a space making and destination corridor along Duncan Ave. behind the main CORTEX HQ building.

Working with landscape architects, DMA provided civil engineering services including cost estimating, and utility stakeholder coordination. DMA also provided Advanced Sustainable Design Practices for this project in keeping with Cortex’s long-term goals of sustainable design. DMA complied with rules and regulations of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, not only in public right-of-ways but in development sites within the Cortex District in order to support a comprehensive approach to storm-water management.

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