The Elements of Driving Discovery: People and Places

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Research today requires a critical mass of people including tenured and tenure-track faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research technicians. Such teams, working in modern, flexible, integrated spaces, can pursue the kind of research that will have a significant impact. 

Over the last decade, Washington University has attracted a cadre of promising young faculty members, but a high percentage of the current faculty in chemistry and physics is nearing retirement. To train the next generation of scientists and compete for external research funds, Arts & Sciences must recruit talented new faculty and graduate students. Growth also requires space and equipment. Our science infrastructure must be able to support the demands of today’s research technology. 

In May 2016, Washington University announced a phased, incremental plan by architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross that will repurpose older buildings starting with Bryan hall. The comprehensive renovation of the five-story, 59,000-square-foot building began in summer 2016, with completion scheduled for May 2018. This renovation will add 25,000 square feet of new research space. Over time, the north façade of campus will be transformed into a modern, inviting entrance for all. 

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