Construction on the east end expansion, Olin Library and Bryan Hall are all on schedule.
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After 48 hours of festivities and opening ceremonies, the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center has finally been christened as the newest building on Washington University’s campus. Tens of millions of dollars, two years of partial closures, a presidential debate and a few patched renovations later, the student body has been rewarded for their patience.
Freshmen expecting a picture-perfect campus are in for a surprise as three major construction projects begin across campus.
Olin Library, the Overpass connecting the Danforth Campus to the Delmar Loop and the East End will see some of the most significant disruptions.
Starting Monday, April 25, and running for 12 days, the intersection of Delmar and Skinker Boulevard will be closed to allow construction crews to install the tracks for the New Loop Trolley. Loop traffic will be rerouted to Forest Park Parkway and Big Bend Boulevard as the streets have similar capacity to Delmar.
Washington University has stepped up renovations of engineering building Jolley Hall, which will lead to restricted access to the building until May 2016.
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, the new Sumers Recreation Center will include three multipurpose basketball courts, an elevated jogging track, yoga and spinning studios, additional meeting rooms, a weight room, cardio machines spread out around the building and a sports medicine office.
After years of uncertainty, Rubelmann Hall is gone. While decades of students mourn the loss of the archetypal “traditional,” the shiny new Ruby promises more space to keep underclassmen on the South 40 and boasts a to-be-decided storefront.
Off-campus studios that currently house the work of several architecture graduate students may not be needed as soon as spring 2016.
Preliminary plans are in place to add an 80,000-square-foot building to the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in place of the current parking spaces near the school.
Bigger may be better for Washington University: administrators recently revealed plans to admit classes the size of this year’s 1,765-member freshman class for the next several years until the undergraduate population reaches a total enrollment of 7,000.
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