Tag: Atrium

The Journal of the American Institute of Architects posts an article June 18, 2015, about the construction of the five-story glass Atrium in the new Knight Hall and Bauer Hall. Read the article here: “Washington University’s Olin Business School’s new buildings feature Super Sky skylights finished by Linetec”.


Student Life reports today that final negotiations are underway between the business school and Starbucks for a cafe to be located in the Atrium of Knight and Bauer Halls, currently under construction on the Danforth Campus.

3094329703_f20d486ba0_zThe buildings are scheduled to be completed in March and the cafe and other food services would be located on the third floor (campus/Mudd Field level), of the five story complex.

Aramark, the company that currently manages the Knight Center and the eatery in the Law School, would operate the Starbucks franchise.





Photo credits: chiefmoamba, Piero Fissore, Flickr

Get a sneak peek inside the 3-story glass Atrium at the center of Olin’s new buildings in this video from our Hard Hat series. Installation of the Atrium’s glass panels was completed this summer as construction workers finished the exterior of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall.  The expansion project is on schedule and expected to be complete next spring.

See more Hard Hat reports, time-lapse videos, and photos of the construction on BuildOlin.wustl.edu


Flirtatious, fun, and welcoming, the giant glass awning over the entrance to the Atrium in Olin’s new buildings has been dubbed, “the Eyelash” by the architects and construction workers.

I can just imagine hearing students say, “Meet me under the eyelash, after class!” “I’ll look for you under the eyelash after my exam…”

It’s bound to be a new landmark on campus and the place to see and be seen, in the blink of an eye!


No one, especially the construction workers, will want to crack the glass ceiling that will form the Atrium connecting Knight Hall and Bauer Hall. The Tarlton crew has been hoisting huge metal pipes up five stories to install the frame for the giant glass roof that will allow natural light to flood all levels of the new complex. Pictured above, framing is put in place using a three-story high scaffold.

The frame for the Atrium was constructed off-site before being taken apart and delivered to campus where it is being re-constructed above the fifth level roof line of Knight and Bauer Halls.

Frank Freeman in the WUSTL facilities department has been braving the cold weather and wuthering heights on the construction site, neighboring buildings, and even the crane cab to document the building progress.

Jan. 19, 2013: Looking north from the crane on the Mudd Field-side of contruction site, this panorama shows the “oculus” or oval opening that will be the Forum, an amphitheater-like event space. This photo was taken before scaffolding was put in place for the Atrium framing installation.

Freeman’s panoramic photo collages provide spectacular bird’s eye views of the new buildings and the area that will be the Atrium and heart of Olin’s new space.

The $90 million, 170,000 square foot expansion project is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

See more photos, live webcams, floor plans, and more at the Building Olin website.