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Sam Fox School Renovation

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

  • Art
  • Classrooms

Project Story

New construction on campus created an opportunity for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts to consolidate its spaces and construct state-of-the-art studios and shops for key programs. Through close collaborations with several key stakeholder groups from both art and architecture and undergraduate and graduate programs, a series of ten “components” across five buildings were identified for relocation, with each new location receiving high intensity renovations to accommodate the new component.

  • Size

    20,400 SF

  • Status

    Completed 2019

The Work

Project components include art studios, a photography studio, fabrication lab, textile studio, binding and bookmaking studio, letterpress printing studio, specialty computer lab that incorporates 3D printers, and studio pin-up space.

Implementing the renovations involves highly choreographed move planning and sequencing. Christner worked closely with the construction manager to identify available swing space near the impacted areas, choreograph all moves, and create an implementation plan that minimizes the down time of educational spaces during the academic year.

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