SLU to build two new residence halls by 2017

Construction activity, major renovations, office projects, etc. in the Central Corridor -- defined by the area south of Delmar Avenue and North of Interstate 44/55.
Agreed to both the above: a shade or two darker would surely help a little and I absolutely believe it's an LED problem. You have to get into some fairly expensive light engines before LED's start to look anything other than harsh.
How on earth do you fireproof a structure like that? Sure, the stair and elevator towers are concrete, but if a fire becomes established on a lower or intermediate floor (and I distinctly recall a lot of things burning when I was a student in a dorm) and heat or smoke penetrates the emergency exits . . . there's got to be something. I'm googling about a bit, but if anyone actually already knows I'm interested. (Serious engineering question from a non-engineer.)


Those columns are a bit dense for my taste although the structure looks pretty cool unfinished and exposed.
flipz wrote:
Those columns are a bit dense for my taste although the structure looks pretty cool unfinished and exposed.


I don't expect you can get the same free span from timber or composites that you can from steel. At least not without a really deep truss. So they probably need a lot more columns than you would with steel, but if they're all lighter and just bolt in place as easily as they seem to . . .

SOM has apparently been investigating tall timber structures pretty closely, but it didn't look to me like they'd solved the safety issues to their own satisfaction. Their study was a year or two old, so maybe they or someone else have solved it since.

Have to agree that it's pretty. Interesting project.
Grand Hall has been topped out.

Link to SLU article.

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I'm surprised SLU didn't make the construction workers wear pointy green hard-hats.
framer wrote:
I'm surprised SLU didn't make the construction workers wear pointy green hard-hats.


:mrgreen: Awesome!
The second of the two - Grand Hall - is coming along nicely. They're removing the tower crane from the site today.

Nice to see SLU investing in it's built environment.
We need another crane erection asap... can't let things go limp!
These two buildings add some nice visible bulk to Midtown, but I sure would like to see some more modern buildings in the mix. All the red brick is kinda dreary.
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