East End Updates

The East End Transformation Project is the largest capital project ever undertaken on the Danforth Campus. It will also be the most disruptive. We will post updates here to help navigate campus during this time, and inspiring stories about those who are turning the vision of this project into reality.

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Getting around campus: What you need to know

By Campus Next on August 29, 2018

A year from now, the WashU community will celebrate new buildings and a new green park. But today, we’re just trying to find our way to Green Hall. Here are some tips on getting to, and around, campus.

An African-American construction worker handles piping in the interior of a concrete structure.

Strength through diversity

By Campus Next on August 29, 2018

Washington University in St. Louis has launched two new supplier-diversity programs as part of its commitment to a diverse labor workforce.

Two construction workers in overalls wear pvc pipes on their arms

How we spent our summer vacation

By Campus Next on August 29, 2018

This summer, crews stayed busy moving the East End Transformation forward. View photos and video and read more about some of the major milestones that were reached.

Stay cool, WashU!

By Campus Next on July 19, 2018

We’re in the throes of a classic St. Louis summer — with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and the crazy humidity, a blanket of heat covers every inch of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. On top of that, construction on the east end makes it harder to get around. But hav...

Six months in 60 seconds: Part 2

By Campus Next on July 16, 2018

The east end of the Danforth Campus has undergone dramatic changes in the past six months. Watch this video to view the sights and listen to the sounds.

A LimeBike is parked agains a white concrete wall.

Bike sharing is coming to campus

By Campus Next on June 25, 2018

To make it easier to get from here to there, WashU is partnering with LimeBike to bring bike sharing to campus.

Phases for Forsyth & Skinker Intersection Work

By Campus Next on June 25, 2018

In an effort to enhance pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety, Washington University is working with Forest Park and the city of St. Louis to improve the intersection at Forsyth & Skinker.

Map showing the Danforth campus of Washington University in St. Louis with red circles indicating the intersections of Forsyth & Skinker and Forsyth & Hoyt.

Summer 2018 intersection improvements

By Campus Next on May 31, 2018

WashU is working with Forest Park and the cities of St. Louis and Clayton to improve safety at the intersections of Forsyth & Skinker and Forsyth & Hoyt.

Put a lid on it!

By Campus Next on May 31, 2018

In early May, work began to pour the top, or the lid, of the underground parking garage, the largest one-day concrete pour to date.

College graduates wearing rain ponchos toss their caps into the air at Commencement

The happiest day of the year

By Campus Next on May 24, 2018

Commencement is often referred to as the happiest day of the year at WashU, with lots of smiles, a few tears of joy and cheers. This year, there was something extra: rain...and construction.

East End site perimeter to expand west this summer

By Campus Next on April 23, 2018

This summer, pedestrian ability to get around the east end of the Danforth Campus will be further limited due to work expanding to the west of the construction site. New, temporary pedestrian routes will be put in place after Commencement. Stay tuned.

How Commencement will affect parking

By Campus Next on April 23, 2018

Commencement on May 18 is expected to bring more than 15,000 guests to campus. The May 17 Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony will attract more than 5,000 guests. Over this two-day period, most Danforth Campus parking spaces will be set aside for guests attending these ceremonies. Read more to l...

Rendering of the new McKelvey Hall to be built on WashU's Danforth campus

A first look at McKelvey Hall

By Campus Next on April 23, 2018

It’s the final piece of the East End Transformation at Washington University in St. Louis and new renderings of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall demonstrate how the building will incorporate seamlessly into the project.

People listen to a man speak in an exhibit space

Kemper Art Museum ‘Building the Future’ celebration May 4

By Campus Next on April 23, 2018

This summer, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will commence a major expansion as part of Washington University’s larger East End Transformation. On Friday, May 4, the museum will mark the start of construction with a special “Building the Future” celebration.

East End construction cranes create reflections in the windows of Givens Hall.

Classroom concepts come to life on the East End site

By Campus Next on March 22, 2018

Graduate architecture students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts have an invaluable learning experience right outside their door: They are learning lessons in construction during the East End Transformation project.

Construction worker in a cherry picker places a top element on a metal structure with a red crane in the background

Walker Lot: What’s happening here?

By Campus Next on March 22, 2018

Installation of construction mock-ups near the Walker Lot drive will cause temporary pedestrian and vehicular traffic disruptions.

Small children ride a colorful carnival ride with their parents

Thurtene Carnival parking information

By Campus Next on March 22, 2018

The relocation of this year's Thurtene Carnival will affect parking in Zone 2. Here are the important locations and dates to remember.

Cartoon illustration of Brookings Hall with Ted Drewes Concrete and concrete truck

Concrete proof: The East End takes shape

By Campus Next on January 18, 2018

By Diane Torian Keaggy What did the concrete worker at Washington University in St. Louis say to his buddy? “This job is getting harder and harder.” Indeed, since last July, some 20,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured at the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus. And another 25,...

The first six months in pictures

By Campus Next on January 16, 2018

Joe Angeles, director of photographic services, takes us on a pictorial journey through the first six months of the East End Transformation. All photos by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos

6 months in 60 seconds: East End construction progress

By Campus Next on January 4, 2018

Great progress is being made on the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus. Watch this video to view the sights and listen to the sounds of the first six months of construction.

Danyeal Crittendon, Georgia Binnington and Marjorie Lindsay (left to right)

The Gatekeepers

By Leslie McCarthy on November 9, 2017

East end flaggers Marjorie Lindsay and Danyeal Crittendon don’t just keep us safe: They make us all a little happier.

Fast Facts: Excavation phase

By Campus Next on October 5, 2017

With the excavation phase nearing an end, here are some fast facts about the first three months of the East End Transformation.

Excavation insights

By Campus Next on October 5, 2017

In September, the East End Transformation crew completed its excavation work. To mark the end of this phase, the project team gathered on the site to share their insights on the progress to date. Watch the video.    

Young man in an orange safety vest standing in front of a massive construction site.

The Transformer

By Campus Next on August 29, 2017

Alumnus Ryan Moss, BSBA ’01, BSCE ’01, is serving as project director for McCarthy Building Companies, overseeing the major transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus.

Large hole in front of Brookings Hall, part of East End Transformation construction project, Washington University in St. Louis

What’s ahead in the coming months

By Campus Next on August 25, 2017

If you are recently returning to campus after time away – or even if you’re not - the changes to the east end of the Danforth Campus are striking. Here’s what to expect in the coming month.

Bryan Hall under construction at Washington University in St. Louis campus

Where did the summer go?

By Campus Next on August 23, 2017

While the East End Transformation may be the largest construction project underway, it’s not the only one. Take a look at what the team accomplished during our most ambitious summer construction schedule ever.

Illustration of the transformation of the East End of Danforth Campus at Washington University in St Louis

The dirt on the dirt

By Campus Next on August 23, 2017

In two years, the east end of Washington University in St. Louis will be a dazzling vision of modern architecture and lush landscaping. But today, our front lawn is a cross between a “Mad Max” set and the surface of Mars. It’s loud and it’s dusty, but the crew is getting the job done.

Green leaves

Planting for the future

By Campus Next on July 28, 2017

Architects, landscape architects, and arborists are preparing to plant hundreds of new trees when construction on the east end wraps up in 2019.

On Mud Day, some good, clean fun

By Campus Next on July 28, 2017

As part of International Mud Day, the youngest members of the WashU community marvel at the excavation of 332,000 cubic yards of earth, part of the first phase of the East End construction project.

Twitter logo against backdrop of a landscape plan for the East End Transformation of WashU Danforth Campus.

Transformation tweets

By Campus Next on June 20, 2017

@WashUcampusnext on Twitter is the newest communication channel for the East End Transformation.

No parking sign againsta a blue sky

Reminder: No Parking on Hoyt Drive

By Campus Next on June 19, 2017

For your safety, the university is increasing enforcement of the no parking order which is in effect along the north and south entries to Hoyt Drive.

Cars that are left unattended - even short periods of time - are compromising the designated temporary fire lanes and are blocking pick-up and d...

Rendering of the Schnuck Pavilion, part of the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis

Schnuck Pavilion to add flavor to east end transformation

By Campus Next on May 5, 2017

The Schnuck Pavilion, a new place for gathering, learning, and wellness, is named in recognition of a leadership commitment from longtime university benefactors Craig and Nancy Schnuck. The facility will also serve as headquarters for the university’s sustainability initiatives.

Rendering of Tisch Commons, part of the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis

University receives major support for east end transformation

By Campus Next on May 2, 2017

Washington University alumna and trustee Ann Rubenstein Tisch and her husband Andrew are providing a lead gift in support of the east end transformation. Tisch Park will create a welcoming entrance to campus and provide space for the university community and visitors alike to gather and celebrate.

New engineering building to be named for school’s former dean

By Campus Next on October 28, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis has announced that the next building in its engineering complex will be named in honor of James M. McKelvey Sr., for 27 years the dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

Rendering of Tisch Commons, part of the East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis

Designs shared for east end of Danforth Campus

By Campus Next on October 11, 2016

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 October 7 meeting.

Kemper Southwest

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to expand

By Campus Next on October 11, 2016

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, named for the late Mildred Lane Kemper in 2004, is a treasure of Washington University in St. Louis.

New Danforth Campus parking, transportation plan to launch 5/17

By Campus Next on September 13, 2016

Beginning in May 2017, following Commencement, Washington University in St. Louis will implement a new parking and transportation management strategy. The new plan, which will kick off in conjunction with construction on the east end of the Danforth Campus, will establish a new parking model whic...

Danforth Campus construction update: Projects and timing

By Campus Next on May 23, 2016

Crews will begin renovations on Olin Library and Bryan Hall, and start utility work in advance of the upcoming transformation of the east end of the Danforth Campus. Additional projects include the creation of a Big Bend bicycle/pedestrian dual path and a Wallace Drive water main replacement. The...

University receives bike-friendly honor

By Campus Next on November 10, 2015

Washington University in St. Louis has been recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. The university provides amenities such as bicycle parking and shower facilities and encourages riding through initiatives such as Active Transportation Month....

Lofts on the Delmar Loop

Urban Land Institute releases case study on The Lofts

By Campus Next on October 2, 2015

The Urban Land Institute recently release a case study on The Lofts, Washington University’s student housing and retail mixed-use project on the Delmar Loop. Read the case study.