Canopy Installation Successful, School Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Installation of the Law School canopy on May 5, 2008.

[WMV Video of Installation
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During the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6, Washington University Law reopened Anheuser-Busch Hall following the successful installation of a massive steel canopy over the Crowder Courtyard. During the evening of Monday, May 5 and throughout the early part of the day on Tuesday, May 6, a construction crew used the largest crane in Missouri to lift with precision the steel canopy up two stories over the law school facility.

Each of the two 30-ton pieces seemed to float gracefully over Anheuser-Busch Hall as the crane operators from Budrovich Inc. skillfully placed them one at a time over the Crowder Courtyard. Construction crews are now making additional adjustments to the steel canopy, in preparation for removing the temporary interior construction support systems. This will allow the still open-air Crowder Courtyard to be used during Commencement. Following Commencement, the courtyard will be closed for use. Crews will then complete the process of fully enclosing the courtyard, including installation of the fritted glass. The Crowder Courtyard is scheduled to reopen in time for Orientation in fall 2008.

St. Louis-based Tarlton Corporation is overseeing the project. The initial installation of the canopy involved a 197-foot tall, 550 ton-capacity hoisting crane. Due to safety concerns, Anheuser-Busch Hall was closed throughout the installation process.

Half of the canopy being lifted onto the Law School courtyard.

The law school is installing the canopy over the now open-air courtyard to create a year-round accessible, public space. Designed by Washington, D.C.-based Hartman-Cox, the completed structure will cover a span of 6,054 square feet.

Several other St. Louis-based companies also are involved in the canopy project. The Gateway Company fabricated the steel for the structure, which was erected by ACME. Frontenac has the contract for painting, Aschinger Electric will install the lighting and electrical work, and Simplex Grinnel is handling the fire alarm system. SuperSky will install the fritted glass on May 19. The covered courtyard is scheduled to reopen on August 7.

The canopy installation is part of an overall renovation project for the law school, including creating a larger student commons, additional group study rooms and faculty offices, a new main entrance on the first floor, and enhanced spaces for Clinical Education, Student Services, Career Services, and Computing/Audiovisual/Web Services. These projects will all be completed in time for the fall 2008 semester. The law school also will be sharing space in the new Social Sciences/Law Building, which is slated to open in summer 2008 and will be dedicated as Harry and Susan Seigle Hall in fall 2008.

Since the opening of Anheuser-Busch Hall in 1997, the student body, faculty, and staff have increased by approximately 50 percent. The renovation of Anheuser-Busch Hall and new space in Seigle Hall will provide the law school with the necessary state-of-the-art facilities to meet the school’s needs, while creating a vibrant sense of community.