The CORTEX District (Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange)
is being planned as a knowledge community, a lively setting for work, play and living.
It will encompass far more than laboratories and offices for research. In contrast
to past models of research parks as isolated suburban enclaves, a knowledge community
is designed to become an urban neighborhood full of 24/7 activity. Housing, retail,
hotels, open spaces and public amenities are all part of the development to attract
young entrepreneurs and small companies in addition to seasoned scientists, corporate
executives and local residents.
Architecturally, the research buildings of knowledge communities are open and dynamic
to reveal the innovations taking place inside. Existing structures can be retrofitted
with flex/cool space – open, unstructured work areas – to support unconventional
workplace arrangements. Ground-floor spaces support retail, restaurants, cafes and
“street science” – visible work places exposing scientific and research activities
The CORTEX district is centrally located on several hundred acres in the heart of
the Midwest, St. Louis, Missouri. Founded by several iconic St. Louis universities,
the district has thrived since its beginning and, with Phase II, is primed to continue
its national significance as a scientific hub of activity for both large and small
companies and research firms.
Tenants include Pfizer, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Washington University Genome Center, Washington University
School of Medicine, St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis College of Pharmacy,
and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, to name just a few.
CORTEX also connects tenants with local scientific and business resources including:
Learn more about CORTEX here.
The CORTEX Master Plan includes transportation solutions such as highway access,
a light rail station, and even bicycle exchanges to allow easy navigation throughout
the CORTEX Campus. Sustainability is another key focus with features that will utilize
low-impact development techniques (LID) to manage water runoff as close to the source
as possible. Plantings and vegetation in green spaces surrounding buildings will
incorporate native species and provide pleasant green spaces amid the urban infrastructure.
The intent of the CORTEX Master Plan is to create well-designed public open spaces
that will contribute significantly to the quality of life within the district, community
and city. The Master Plan calls for the creation of the CORTEX Commons, a public
park that will be accessible to all who work and live in the district and surrounding
right in front of the @4240 entrance
you’ll find a beautiful green space with areas for relaxing, meeting, or just enjoying
the fresh air.
surrounding the @4240 building
will be cafes, restaurants and other places to grab lunch, dinner, or have cocktails
within walking distance of @4240 are
lofts, apartments and other living spaces that allow for a commute that is literally
retail space will be part of the new Phase
II expansion, providing convenient shopping and unique boutiques all within a short
stroll of the office and laboratory space.
getting to and from work will be
simplified for those driving as well as those wishing to use public transportation.
A new highway interchange at the major east-west Interstate 64 provides convenient
access for drivers, plus a new MetroLink light rail station will be within a block
of the @4240 building.