Working in collaboration with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Mackey Mitchell served as the Architect of Record for Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall, which houses the McKelvey School of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS). This new building serves as a vibrant hub where research laboratories are instrumental in fostering the interdisciplinary nature of engineering. 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.
Our new facilities will accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, better health care, and a more secure nation through research in biomechanics, energy, aerospace and advanced materials.
- Aaron F. Bobick
Dean, McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis