On most days, about 425 construction workers are busy on the east end of Washington University’s campus.
With a 790-space underground parking garage, new academic halls and a visitors center all under construction as part of the $280 million project to fill in what used to be six acres of surface parking, McCarthy Building Cos. is working with about 50 subcontractors and suppliers on the project.
One of them, though, is getting special treatment.
A $50 million donation to St. Louis University — the largest gift in the school’s 200-year history — from area philanthropists Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield will create a new fund to finance faculty research and hire new professors.
The gift will establish the St. Louis University Research Institute. Rex Sinquefield, in an interview, said he suspected medicine might win a large portion of funding from the new institute because of the expense and prominence of academic medical research. But he said the new fund was intended to finance scholarship in the humanities, as well.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A Buder Elementary School first-grade class inspired the Ritenour Board of Education on Thursday night to vote to stop the use of plastic straws in district buildings "as soon as possible."
Six pupils in teacher Catherine Richard's class attended the board meeting with parents and Principal Jennifer Singleton. That participation itself meant a lot to Richard, who said all 19 children from her 2017-18 class had been in touch, "and two of these kids here tonight have even moved from Ritenour."
St. Louis University plans to begin construction in November on a new $50 million science and engineering building next to Ritter Hall.
The 90,000 square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering building will be constructed on a portion of Tegeler Field, just east of Ritter Hall, which sits on the east side of Grand Boulevard across from DuBourg Hall.
SLU estimated construction on the three-story building should be complete by summer 2020.
Britney Christian almost gave up hope of attending a university. Nobody in her family had gone to college, and her single mother struggled with the paperwork necessary to secure financial aid.
The 2018 Webster Groves High School graduate and now Harris-Stowe State University freshman fit the profile of the most likely victims of “summer melt,” the term used to describe students who are derailed before they even arrive at college.