Housing the McKelvey School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS), Jubel Hall, designed by Mackey Mitchell in partnership with Moore Rubel Yudel Architects & Planners, will provide research laboratories that are key to fostering the interdisciplinary nature of engineering. At Washington University, engineering faculty and students collaborate across disciplines to focus on medicine and health, energy, environment, and security. In this facility, mechanical engineers will work closely with physicists, chemists, biologists, and chemical and biomedical engineers to promote the convergence of mechanics, materials science, and nanotechnology.
Bridging its Collegiate Gothic context with its ultra-modern function, the design of Jubel Hall is intended to complement the Hilltop architecture and the new East End Campus Plan with active ground-floor uses that help establish a welcoming and demonstrative arrival experience to Washington University, reinforcing key pedestrian connections. In addition, Jubel Hall connects students below grade as well to the new underground parking system. The design team avoided the “feel of a basement” in the lower level with ample light spilling in from the south entry lobby above as well as at below grade laboratories through thoughtful placement of clerestory windows.
High-performance tools and technologies will be resources in a new maker space for students from all disciplines to design, build, and learn. To strengthen the collaboration among MEMS and other departments, Jubel Hall will have nearly 3,000 square feet of shared laboratory space and will house three labs for biomedical engineering. Two pooled classrooms will be available for use by all schools. Jubel’s facilities will accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, better health care, and a more secure nation through research in biomechanics, energy, aerospace, and advanced materials.
The addition of Jubel Hall to Whitaker, Brauer and Green halls in the new engineering complex will enable us to attract and retain the best and brightest students and the most talented faculty, and it will provide them with the tools they need to do great work
- Ralph S. Quatrano
Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science
Principal in Charge
Senior Project Architect
Moore Rubel Yudel,