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    Olin Business School Expansion at Washington University

Tarlton managed construction of the 175,000 sf Olin Business School Expansion, its most collaborative project to date with longstanding client Washington University in St. Louis. The $90 million, LEED Gold project was completed in spring 2014 under an aggressive 20-month schedule, with great attention paid to the academic calendar and campus activities. 

Knight Hall and Bauer Hall are located between the existing Knight Center (also built by Tarlton) and McMillan Hall, united by a dramatic glass Atrium. Like the Knight Center, the new 5-story Collegiate Gothic structures have been built into the hillside along the northern edge of the Danforth campus. A two-story glass portal on Throop Drive welcomes visitors via Knight Hall. New entrances take visitors from Mudd Field to Bauer Hall and to the Atrium on Floor 3 by way of a landscaped terrace.

The Atrium features a 100-seat open café area, access to graduate student services and lounges, and a sweeping staircase descending to the second floor below. Natural light from above illuminates all five levels of the new space. 

Floors 1 and 2 house tiered classrooms, with the 300-seat auditorium and amphitheater-style Frick Forum on Floor 1. Designed for small gatherings
and large presentations, the Forum’s curved white oak seating rises rise to Floor 2, home to the Weston Career Center, additional tiered classrooms and a terrace classroom that opens to a large patio in the Mews.  

Floors 4 and 5 house faculty offices and the Dean’s office, providing access at the fourth level to study and meeting rooms in the new Knight and Bauer Towers, designed to serve as new signature landmarks for Olin.  

In addition to Tarlton as construction manager, team members included Moore Ruble Yudell, architect of record; Mackey Mitchell Architects, associate architect; BuroHappold, mechanical engineer; William Tao & Associates, mechanical engineer; KPFF, structural engineer; and Cole, civil engineer.


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