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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

Olin Business School
BUILDING OLIN: A Foundation of Excellence

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts or stimulates the persons in that space.
— Philip Johnson, Architect, 1906–2005

Olin Unveils Plans For Expansion And Growth

With the official groundbreaking ceremony on May 7, 2012 for Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, Olin launched a major expansion project that will nearly double the business school’s footprint on Danforth Campus, where it is currently housed in Simon Hall and The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center. Building Olin

The $90 million project includes two innovative buildings, united by a soaring glass atrium totaling 177,000 square feet. Lead gifts totaling $25 million from two of Washington University’s most dedicated benefactors — $15 million from Charles F. and Joanne Knight, and $10 million from George and Carol Bauer through the Bauer Foundation — provided the capital foundation for building Olin’s second century of top-ranked business education. Read this press release.

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. has been selected as the construction services provider.

Watch the Building Olin video to see Olin’s growth since 1917 and get a sneak peek into its future.

With these transformative gifts, the Knights and the Bauers are making an investment in Olin’s future and, more importantly, in the futures of innumerable students, teachers, researchers and business leaders who will be armed with the knowledge to affect positive change in the world.
Mahendra Gupta, Dean