Designs shared for east end of Danforth Campus

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton shared plans for the transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis to the Board of Trustees during its Oct. 7 meeting. He presented designs for the seven major components of the undertaking — two new academic buildings, an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, two new multi-use facilities, an underground parking garage and an expansive new Central Green.

Construction for the new home of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science will begin in 2017.

​​​​​​​​​​​​“The transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus is both a tremendous challenge and an unparalleled opportunity for Washington University,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. “It will be the most expensive and complicated construction project in the history of our university, but when completed it will set the course for the next era of development and academic excellence for our scholars and students. This is an investment in the future.”

Work on the project — the largest capital investment in the recent history of the Danforth Campus — will begin following Commencement in the spring of 2017. When work is completed in 2019, a transformed entrance will greet visitors to Washington University, and the facilities on the east end will foster a stronger programmatic and physical link to the rest of the Danforth Campus.

“Weil Hall is making it possible, for the first time in recent history, to unite our programs in art, architecture, and design on the Danforth Campus,” said Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

“This major addition to our facilities will provide us with beautiful studios, social spaces, an inspiring sculpture garden and state-of-the art technologies such a new digital fabrication lab. Weil Hall will also ensure critical adjacencies for all our students to resources such as the expanded Kemper Art Museum and its world-class collection.”

Aaron Bobick, the James M. McKelvey Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, said that the construction of Jubel Hall will both enrich the experience of undergraduates as well as support fundamental research, discovery and innovation.

“The inclusion of a makerspace and the connection to the design and makerspaces in Weil Hall and the Sam Fox School will provide opportunity to inject more design thinking into the School of Engineering,” Bobick said. “Additionally, these new facilities will enhance our ability to pursue interdisciplinary research between the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and departments such as biomedical engineering in Whitaker Hall, which will connect to Jubel Hall through a spectacular bridge.”

Key components of the plan for the east end of the Danforth Campus:

​Roll over the map to view the main elements of the east end of the Danforth Campus project.

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