After the opening of a new student center on campus, Washington University engaged Mackey Mitchell to bring new life to their existing Mallinckrodt Student Center, built in 1971. The $4 million renovation has reinvigorated the 175,000SF building, making better use of its prominent site at the crossroads of Wash U’s academic and residential campuses. Improved entryways have elevated the character and visibility of the Campus Store and Edison Theatre. Improved landscaping, decorative accent lighting, and bold graphics have restored vitality to this bustling collection of student activity spaces.
To supplement existing classroom space near the academic core of campus, we added three new flexible classrooms that now bring hundreds more students and faculty into Mallinckrodt Center every day. To leverage this increase in foot traffic, we re-energized existing open lounge and common spaces with new furniture, increasing dwell-time for casual study and after-class conversations. Our thorough, two-story renovation of the Campus Store was designed to increase visibility from Mallinckrodt’s interior concourse spaces and adjacent campus thoroughfares.
Though still home to the Campus Store, the Performing Arts Department and Edison Theatre, Mallinckrodt Center’s aging concrete and plate glass shell was feeling neglected and outdated. Within a limited budget, we helped the university prioritize and build a series of improvements that have improved foot traffic, increased sales in the Campus Store, and extended the relevance and vitality of a tired building that many had given up on.
Passion + Perspective
Mackey Mitchell has transformed a dark 1970s building into one that is bright, animated, and accessible. They were instrumental in keeping operations up and running while renovation took place, bringing Mallinckrodt Center to a level more befitting a great institution.
- Jill Carnaghi
Associate Vice Chancellor for Students, Dean of Campus Life