Tag: construction

Can you believe it’s been a year already since the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Knight Hall and Bauer Hall? The exteriors of the 5-story buildings are almost complete and workers have begun installing drywall on the top floors!

Two huge cranes have been doing the heavy lifting of building materials for the past 10 months. The 124-foot tall crane on the south side of the site came down at the end of May and the north side crane will be disassembled later this month.  The removal of the cranes marks an important milestone in the construction project.

Learn more from Tarlton’s Cameron Dennison in this Hard Hat Talk video. There’s also a cool time lapse video of the crane dismantling here.

Remember last summer when the bridge over the Forsyth underpass was replaced? Well, it’s happening all over again – almost. Forsyth will be closed between Olympian Way and Wallace Drive beginning June 10 for about three weeks. The City of Clayton reports on its website that settlement issues began to appear within months of the new construction last year and temporary repairs were made throughout the winter.  This month’s closing will allow for more extensive repairs to the damage.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be routed around the closure, through the parking lot to the north.  Vehicular through traffic will be detoured onto Forest Park Parkway.  The underpass itself will remain open to pedestrians.  Both Olympian Way and Wallace Drive will remain open to traffic.

Carolyn Gerber warns in an email that detours through the parking lot in front of Simon Hall will be blocked. Drives must enter via Olympian Way to park in front of Simon and those looking to park in the DUC garage must enter from Wallace Drive.  No sneaky shortcuts!


Air conditionning and heating ducts line up outside Bauer Hall, ready for installation. As work is completed on the exterior of the new buildings, the focus is shifting to the interior.  In addition to duct work, dry wall has been arriving and hoisted up through the windows to the top floors.

Stay tuned for a video tour inside Knight Hall and Bauer Hall coming later this month on the blog and Building Olin site.

The generosity of George and Carol Bauer is forever etched in stone at the entrance to the new building that bears their name. The stone archway facing Mudd Field will be one of several gateways to the Olin complex currently under construction.

George and Carol Bauer

A $10 million gift from George and Carol Bauer through the Bauer Foundation and a $15 million bequest from Charles F. and Joanne Knight, provided the lead gifts for the 175,000 square foot project.

Bauer Hall and Knight Hall will be united by a soaring glass atrium and provide much needed classroom, office, and meeting space for the business school. The complex will include a 300-seat auditorium, an amphitheater-like Forum, innovative learning labs, and a cafe among other unique features.

The design of the business school complex is a collaboration among two architectural firms, Moore Ruble Yudell, architect-of-record, and Mackey Mitchell Architects, associate architect, and two mechanical engineering firms, Buro Happold and William Tao & Associates. Tarlton Corp. is the construction manager.

Read more about the new buildings on the Building Olin website.


Heads up!  The 124-foot crane on the south side of the Olin Expansion construction site, bordering Mudd Field, is coming down this week. Disassembling the Liebherr 420 EC-H tower will take three days. This marks a major milestone in the building of Knight Hall and Brauer Hall which began in May 2012.

The south crane tower was errected in August, 2012.

The south tower was the first of two cranes errected on the construction site last summer.  The tower measures 124 feet from its base to the peak of the crane. It has a hook height of 85 feet and a reach of 164 feet.

The $90  million project includes two five-story office and classroom buildings and a glass-covered Atrium with an amphitheater-styled Forum in the center.  Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2014. Tarlton is managing the project.

Visit BuildOlin.wustl.edu to watch live-streaming web cams focused on the construction site.

Neither rain, nor snow or sub-freezing temperatures can deter the intrepid construction workers building Olin’s new Bauer Hall and Knight Hall on the Danforth Campus.

As you can see, one side of the roof is on Bauer Hall facing Simon Hall across Mudd Field to the south. The five-story, 90 million dollar expansion project is on schedule and projected to be complete by May 2014.

To follow the progress and see great views of the construction, check out the live webcams on the BUILDING OLIN website.