Seven Major Additions to WUSTL Danforth Campus Detailed

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Earlier this month Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark Wrighton presented refined designs for seven major additions for the east end of the Danforth Campus to the school’s Board of Trustees. The overall transformation had been greenlighted a year ago this month.

We’ve long followed what will be the most significant transformation in a century for a school that has seen plenty of change in recent years. Nearly a dozen major projects have been completed in the past decade, including buildings for the schools of social work, business, engineering, law, as well as an art museum, student center, athletic center, and others.

It was two years ago that we wrote about the coming transformation, including an underground parking garage, closure of Brookings Drive, and additional buildings. In May of last year, it was revealed that architect KierenTimberlake had been chosen to design Weil Hall and other structures. Others working on the project include Michael Vergason Landscape ArchitectsMoore Ruble YudellMackey Mitchell, and BNIM.

Work on the overall project is set to begin following commencement in May 2017 and be completed sometime in 2019. Currently, major projects to transform the Olin Library, and the north end of the Danforth Campus are underway. Images and descriptions from Washington University in St. Louis:

Central Green
Architect: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Ltd.wustl_brookings

The Central Green is the heart of the new east end and will provide a special gathering place on campus. This expanded green space will increase the number of trees and enhance the pedestrian experience by eliminating most vehicular traffic.

Anabeth and John Weil Hall
Architect: KieranTimberlakewustl_weil-hall

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ Weil Hall will be an inspiring place for creative activity, scholarship, innovative research and bold experimentation. Weil Hall will provide contemporary facilities for graduate programs in art, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. It also will provide technologically advanced shared resources across the school for digital fabrication and interdisciplinary design.

Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall
Architects: Moore Ruble Yudell and Mackey Mitchellwustl_jubel-hall

As the home of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Jubel Hall will foster the interdisciplinary nature of engineering. In this building, mechanical engineers will work with physicists, chemists, biologists, and chemical and biomedical engineers to promote the convergence of mechanics, materials science, and nanotechnology.

Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center
Architect: KieranTimberlakewustl_welcome-center

The Sumers Welcome Center will receive campus visitors with sweeping views of Brookings Hall and offer a starting point for their campus experience. The center will house Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum expansion
Architect: KieranTimberlakewustl_kemper-museum-expansion

An expansion on the north side of the Kemper Art Museum will create the Laura Kemper Fields Gallery, allowing the museum to showcase a larger portion of its world-class collection and expand its exhibition program. The project also will add a new entrance foyer and integrate the Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden into the Central Green.

The Hub
Architect: KieranTimberlakewustl_the-hub

The Hub will bring together a range of dining options, academic programs (including Environmental Studies), the Office of Sustainability, and resources for pedestrian and bicycle commuters.

Underground garage
Architects: BNIM and KieranTimberlakewustl_parking-garage

The facility has been designed to fully integrate into the east end experience. With natural light and high ceilings, the garage will provide convenient access to the Danforth Campus, especially east end destinations.


WUSTL Plans $35M Remake of Danforth Campus North Entrance

The Kemper Museum expansion by KieranTimberlake appears to use a similar facade design to that firm’s Pound Ridge House in New York:

Kagan House, Location: Pound Ridge NY, Architect: Kieran Timberlake Architects

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  • Glad to see there are no more half and half buildings — modern but sympathetic to gothic. I spit you out of my mouth. Pttttt. Go all gothic on an individual building such that in a few years we will wonder if was built in 2016 or 1896, from the outside. Or go all modern on a building in an area of the campus with that theme. It looks as if this is the way they are going. Good.

  • brickhugger

    They can’t eliminate parking; county regs require them to have at least 5,000 spaces.

    • Riggle

      They are Washu. They can do whatever they went. Its called get a variance

    • chaifetz10

      While I don’t recall seeing an exact number of spaces in the new garage, I’m fairly certain that two or three levels of garage parking under ground would actually equate to more spaces than would be available as a surface lot.

      • Alex Ihnen

        From the previous story, the underground garage is planned for 790 spaces. I’d guess that number has changed a little, but not a lot.

    • jhoff1257

      They are not eliminating parking. They are getting rid of 3 surface lots and replacing them with a garage. These 3 lots don’t make up all the parking on Wash U’s campus either. There are at least 2 other garages on campus, several surface lots along Forsyth and another garage in the South 40.

  • rgbose

    Are they still planning to degrade bus service?

  • PD

    Everything looks great here and I love all the glass and modern styling. My only concern is parking. Simply look at how many lots they want to remove.

    • jhoff1257

      …and replace with an underground parking structure in the same location. That’s not really even that much parking when compared to Wash U’s current size. There’s nearly 15,000 students, over 10,000 employees and over 3,000 academic employees. That’s nearly 30,000 people, not including visitors. I don’t think those 3 lots are doing most of the parking leg work at Wash U.

      There are also 2 light rail stations nearby, bus service and greenways and bikeways in nearly every direction to surrounding neighborhoods. Not to mention thousands of Wash U students live in the South 40 and surrounding areas and walk to school.

      • Justin

        Good points. I would also like to add that Wash U provides students and employees with a free metro pass. This further reduces the need for a car.

        Not to mention that the underground parking you mentioned will have almost as many spaces as these surface lots.

        • rgbose

          Regrettably bus service will be degraded for this by pushing the routes to Skinker and Forsyth

      • PD

        Great point about available transit. My mom works in the Engineering school and tells me those lots are full all the time. I guess my point was that one underground lot might not serve the existing need on that end of campus unless its very big. With the new brown school already having removed a lot along forsyth and the Danforth center lots always packed, that doesn’t leave much parking.

    • Dominic Ricciotti

      It’s great to see campus architecture finally get away from the Collegiate Gothic. Also gratifying to see all the east end parking disappear from surface areas, restoring the campus to the green that it was when I was a student there in the late 5os.