Editorial: 07.08.2019

A New Front Door Opens at Washington University in St Louis

aerial view of washington university

Washington University’s East End Transformation was designed to advance the university’s academic mission of discovery, research and teaching, providing a more collaborative, welcoming space for the entire university community and the thousands of people who visit the campus each year.

When the university prepared to tackle this project, the largest capital project ever undertaken on the university’s Danforth Campus, they understood the challenge ahead. Build a new front door to one of America’s most prestigious higher education institutions, while managing a multitude of end users, minimizing disruption to students, faculty and visitors, and achieving a crucial project milestone – Commencement 2019.

As construction manager for the East End Transformation project, McCarthy was challenged to coordinate the complex details and phasing to maximize quality, efficiency, safety and value for the university. This transforming project includes eight major components — three new academic buildings, an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, two new multi-use facilities, an underground parking garage and the expansive new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park.

In May 2019, just 24 months after groundbreaking, Washington University, McCarthy and the entire project team celebrated the achievement of an important milestone -- a new front door welcoming graduates, families and guests. Enjoy this video that highlights the impressive progress to date.


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