SLU to Construct New Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building
Saint Louis University plans to construct a new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering
(ISE) Building on campus – a $50 million project that also includes renovation of
some existing lab spaces.
The 90,000-square-foot, three-story structure will be built on the southern edge of
Tegeler Field, just east of Ritter Hall. Construction will begin in November with
a completion date tentatively set for summer 2020. The University will finance the
project through a bond issue that will be repaid over a period of years.
The ISE Building will be a showcase facility where undergraduate and graduate science
and engineering students and faculty gather to learn, collaborate and experiment.
It will feature innovative teaching environments and flexible lab spaces.
The University plans to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the new building. This
would be SLU’s second LEED-certified building – Doisy Research Center is also certified
– and the first with silver-level status or above.
Hastings + Chivetta is the architect, and BSI Constructors Inc. will serve as general
The project is the culmination of a year of data collection and planning by faculty,
students and administrators. Planning continues, and more details about the ISE Building
will be shared after the start of fall semester.
Prior to construction getting underway, Associate Professor of History Thomas Finan, Ph.D. is leading a month-long archaeological excavation on the site, which was once the
location of the Camp Jackson encampment at the start of the Civil War and later became
a residential area.
The Dolphin Pond – first installed 26 years ago – will be removed to make way for
construction, but the seven concrete dolphins won’t be going away forever. They will
be reinstalled at a later date in a new pond; either near their current home or another
campus location. University administrators are discussing possible new locations for
the fountain with student leaders.