The East End Transformation is the most significant change to the campus in its 120-year history. The project encompasses over 18 acres of the Danforth Campus and adds six new buildings, expands the university’s world-class Kemper Museum, relocates 790 surface parking spaces underground, and creates an expansive new park. In support of the academic mission of the university, the design promotes connectedness and interdisciplinary collaboration across the schools of Social Work, Art and Architecture, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and the Kemper Art Museum.
The plan builds upon a well-established history while addressing and celebrating contemporary issues and priorities, including sustainability, high-tech laboratories, inspiring academic space, and necessities including parking and the need to plan for future adaptive reuse. Critical to the university’s academic mission is teaching, research, and discovery. Five new academic buildings enable expansion of key academic programs and create opportunities for greater interdisciplinary collaboration among schools and departments.
The East End Transformation creates a new face to the university. The new gateway builds upon Cope and Stewardson’s 1900 Block Plan vision of Brookings Hall being the monument on the hilltop. Prior to the transformation, the beautiful tree-lined green space had been overtaken by surface parking lots with hundreds of cars in the foreground of Brookings Hall. The surface parking has been removed and placed underground. In its place, Tisch Park forms a welcoming, actively programmed open space, bracketed by new academic buildings framing views to the iconic Brookings Hall on the hill.
The project also includes a rich mix of student and campus support services. The Sumers Welcome Center receives campus visitors and houses the office of Admissions and Student Financial Services. The Schnuck Pavilion is a multi-use facility providing dining, alternative transportation support, and the Office of Sustainability. Makerspaces in Jubel and Weil Halls provide equipment and technologies to all students to take their ideas from concept to reality.
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners; Mackey Mitchell Architects; Kieran Timberlake; BNIM; Perkins Eastman; Michael Vergason Landscape Architects