Building the school of tomorrow — today
Realizing the need for new research laboratories and specialized facilities that would support the school's intellectual vision and plans, Chancellor Mark Wrighton committed the site at the northeast corner of WUSTL's Danforth Campus for the School of Engineering & Applied Science. In 2007, the school developed a master plan for a new engineering complex that would complement and connect to the existing Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering. The proposed approximately 700,000-square-foot complex would provide modern research and instructional facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology needed to enable collaboration across disciplines.
Over the past decade, WUSTL, the School of Engineering & Applied Science and several generous donors have invested more than $150 million in new and renovated engineering space. With about half of the new engineering complex complete, the school plans to build another 350,000 square feet of space distributed through two or three new buildings that will house the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, additional classrooms and student services, interdisciplinary centers and institutes, and administrative offices. The additional buildings will provide the necessary research and instructional space to expand the size of the faculty, increase the number of students, encourage and enable interdisciplinary activities, help smaller departments grow and improve rankings, and house most of the engineering school within one complex.