Facilities supports the teaching and research mission of Washington University in St. Louis by providing a safe, clean, comfortable work environment for the campus community.

Our vision is to build, renovate and maintain sustainable facilities with pride and integrity.

116 Buildings

across the Hilltop and South 40

6,300,000 GSF

interior space managed and maintained

5,800+ Trees

more than 200 unique species

JD Long II

JD Long II

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning & Management

Our History

The Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis is located on 169 acres just beyond the western edge of the City of St. Louis.

Site plans for the Danforth Campus were prepared in 1895 by the firm of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot, and in 1899, a national competition was held to choose the architectural firm that would design the campus. Six firms entered the competition; the commission was awarded to Cope and Stewardson, of Philadelphia.

Construction of the Danforth Campus began in October of 1900 with the laying of the cornerstone for Busch Hall.

Read more about the history of the Danforth Campus