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McCarthy Begins Construction of Transformative Project at Washington University in St. Louis

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Multi-building assignment will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has started construction of a multi-building project that will transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus into a hub for state-of-the-art research and teaching, as well as a vibrant green space.

As construction manager, McCarthy will implement a comprehensive plan that includes the construction of three new academic buildings, two multi-use pavilions, an underground parking facility and a new expansive landscape. It also includes an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

“These enhancements will expand the university’s capacity for academic programs, create opportunities for greater interdisciplinary interaction and transform the campus entrance,” says JD Long, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning & management at Washington University in St. Louis. “The project will advance the university’s academic mission while creating a more collaborative, welcoming campus environment.”

Major components of the east end transformation include:

  • Anabeth and John Weil Hall, an 82,100-sq.-ft. interdisciplinary building, will serve as the new front door to the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
  • The 25,500-sq.ft. Gary M. Sumers Welcome Center will house Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.
  • Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall is a 80,600-sq.-ft. building that will house the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.
  • The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering will be located in the new James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall.
  • The new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park will provide a campus gathering place and expanded green space.
  • A 5,600-sq.-ft. addition to Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will enable the museum to showcase a larger portion of its world-class collection and expand its exhibition program.
  • The Craig and Nancy Schnuck Pavilion, an 18,000-sq.-ft. multi-use facility, will bring together a range of dining options, academic programs, the Office of Sustainability, and resources for pedestrian and bicycle commuters.
  • A new 790-space underground parking facility will provide convenient, safe and accessible parking.

“McCarthy is honored to partner with Washington University on this transformative project that will reshape the eastern end of the Danforth campus,” says McCarthy Project Director Ryan Moss. “Our team is uniquely skilled in coordinating the complex details and phasing to maximize quality, efficiency, safety and value for the university and broader St. Louis community.”

Reflecting Washington University’s strong commitment to the development of workforce diversity, the project team includes extensive participation of local certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE).

Sustainability is a high priority as well, with all new buildings targeting LEED Gold certification. Solar photovoltaic arrays located on many of the roofs will generate renewable electricity. High-efficiency heat recovery chillers will harvest waste heat for much of the heating needs, and the underground garage will be capped with a green roof to create a dynamic, car-free park above. The park’s landscape design features rain gardens with bio-retention, native plantings and a diverse tree canopy. Low-carbon transportation will be encouraged with a new bike commuter facility that includes showers and lockers, electric vehicle charging stations, and a network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways to link the campus to Forest Park and regional greenways.

The majority of the construction is anticipated to be completed prior to spring 2019 commencement.

Ongoing project updates and related resources are accessible at campusnext.wustl.edu.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. 

Tarlton Serves as Construction Manager for Bryan Hall Renovation at Washington University in St. Louis

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Bryan Hall Int.Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, is serving as construction manager on the 59,000-square-foot renovation of Bryan Hall on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Tarlton team is transforming Bryan Hall, dedicated in 1970, into a world-class facility consisting of high-end laboratory and teaching spaces for the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences. The renovation will add more than 25,000 square feet of space for chemistry research, with additional spaces for existing research groups. On the first and second floors, the building’s vibration-sensitive design supports instrument-based chemistry. The third floor will eventually house radio/nuclear chemistry research laboratories, with the fourth and fifth floors home to fume hood-intensive synthetic laboratories as well as additional space for instrumentation-based chemistry.

Tarlton’s renovation of Bryan Hall began in May 2016 and will continue through to scheduled completion in December 2017, with occupancy of the building planned for spring 2018. Ayers Saint Gross is the project architect. Bryan Hall previously served as classroom and meeting spaces for the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The renovation includes the reconstruction of the existing elevated span between Bryan Hall and chemistry facilities in McMillan Hall, allowing for office space, meeting space and better flow between the two buildings. The span is a connecting space but also serves as a critical gateway for students and visitors to access the inner portion of the campus. In addition, a new penthouse will house mechanical equipment to serve Bryan Hall. The equipment will serve an integral role in providing chilled water for the campus water loop. Work also includes the removal of the north face of Bryan Hall, the first of several buildings on the north end of the Danforth campus to receive a new facade as part of a multi-phase plan. The modern glass and a terracotta skin sunscreen system is designed to dramatically enhance the building’s appearance.

A separate project is the demolition and replacement of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Forest Park Parkway, to be replaced with one that offers a wider corridor with separate bike and pedestrian paths. Work on the pedestrian bridge began in summer 2016 and will be completed next summer.

The renovation is part of “Driving Discovery,” Washington University’s multiphase initiative that will create new research and teaching facilities for the sciences on the north end of the Danforth campus.

“Driving Discovery will create an ecosystem – an interconnected community of scientists and students working in state-of-the-art facilities – that fosters innovation and collaboration,” said Barbara A. Schaal, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences.

“We’re delighted to lead the construction team on the Bryan Hall renovation,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “The project builds on our successful relationship with Washington University and adds to our long-standing body of work on the campus.” The Tarlton team for the renovation  includes Matthew Pfund, project executive; Sondra Rotty, senior project manager; Andrew Nelch, project manager; Nick Eshelman and Josh Narup, project engineers; and Eric Nichols, project superintendent.

Significant Tarlton construction projects for Washington University include the $90 million LEED Gold Olin Business School expansion of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, which garnered a national 2015 Alliant Build America Award; Simon Hall renovations, a finalist for a 2016 Construction Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri; a LEED Gold addition to McMillan Hall; Anheuser-Busch Law Building renovations; Seigle Hall; the Knight Executive Education Center; Koenig and Liggett residence halls; and the Earth & Planetary Sciences Building, the first LEED Certified project in St. Louis.

In business since 1946, Tarlton Corp. is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that completes projects for wide-ranging clients in the life science, higher education, health care, commercial, power and industrial markets.

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