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Preston M. Green Hall

Preston M. Green Hall is much greater than one building: it is a multidisciplinary hub that brings together numerous researchers, educators, and students — all focused on creating revolutionary new knowledge and preparing leaders for a global, technology-driven world.

Green Hall is the third building in a new complex of engineering buildings at the northeast perimeter of the Danforth Campus. This latest investment by Washington University and the School of Engineering & Applied Science represents a commitment to the region, nation, and world.

Born in 1915 in St. Louis, Preston M. Green received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in 1936. After graduation, Mr. Green worked in a local factory until he joined Southwest Steel Supply Co. in 1950 as vice president of purchasing and production. He became president in 1955 and chairman of the board in 1957. During his career at Southwest Steel, Mr. Green was responsible for adding a second manufacturing plant in Madison, Ill., and growing his company into the leading processor of steel throughout the Midwest.

Mr. Green designed most of the equipment used by Southwest Steel, and was acknowledged for creating more efficient processing procedures. He was recognized nationally for his leadership and vision within the steel industry, including receiving the Steel Distributor of the Year award in 1986 from the Association of Steel Distributors.

In 1990, Mr. Green sold Southwest Steel to Hanwa American, a subsidiary of the Hanwa Corporation of Japan. Mr. Green died in 2003, but his legacy continues today through his many contributions, both professional and philanthropic. In 2006, Washington University Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announced an $8 million commitment from the late Preston Green to support the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.

Mrs. Preston Green, his widow, lives in St. Louis and serves on the advisory board for the Preston M. Green Charitable Foundation, which continues to support several charities within the St. Louis community. In 2010, the Preston M. Green Charitable Foundation committed an additional $5 million to support construction of Preston M. Green Hall.








Green Hall Facts

Green Hall Leadership Donors

  • Preston M. Green
  • Mrs. Preston Green
  • The Preston M. Green Charitable Foundation
  • Jerome F. & Rosalie Brasch
  • David P. & Carol K. Gast
  • P.R. Kumar & Jaya Kumar
  • Marija D. Ilic & Jeffrey H. Lang
  • Richard P. & Yasuko S. Mattione
  • Scott Rudolph

Designed for a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Hall includes the following features:

  • The building is adjacent to four bus lines and the St. Louis Metrolink station at Skinker Blvd., in addition to bike paths and storage.
  • One hundred percent of irrigation is provided by captured rainwater stored in turn-of-the-century brick sewer converted to a cistern.
  • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures reduce overall water use by more than 30 percent.
  • High-efficiency systems increase overall energy cost savings at more than 25 percent. Building energy use is regularly measured and verified to maintain peak performance.
  • The building incorporates high percentages of recycled-content and locally sourced materials.
  • More than 50 percent of the building's wood products came from sustainably managed forests.
  • Over 90 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.
  • Low-VOC construction components and finishes were used throughout to promote good indoor air-quality. HVAC components were protected during construction to safeguard good indoor air quality.
  • Lighting and thermal comfort controls are available for building occupant use.
LEED: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
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