Project Profiles: Education

Harold D. Jolley Hall, Washington University, St. Louis

Retrofit Team

Architect of Record: REMIGER DESIGN, St. Louis
Interior Design: Directions in Design,
Engineer: William Tao & Associates ConsultingEngineers, St. Louis
Construction Manager: S.M. Wilson & Co.,
St. Louis

The five-story stair provides connectivity from floor to floor.

The five-story stair provides connectivity from floor to floor.


In its pre-renovation state, Jolley Hall lacked vertical connectivity between floors; it solely relied on one existing stairwell located toward the far east end of the building and one existing elevator. As such, the REMIGER DESIGN team proposed the design of a new 5-story monumental stair to be located in the existing atrium and lobby area that is the entry node of the building. The stair provides much-needed connectivity from floor to floor and provides a sense of cohesion to the department.

Other unique elements to the project include a demountable partition system that is full glass with an applied frosted film for visual privacy. The frosted film pattern is in the form of binary code that actually spells out the name of the department when deciphered. This feature helps give the department its own identity in a subtle, yet effective way. Another element worthy of noting is the use of a continuous 1/2-inch LED light fixture that traverses diagonally up and down the 5-story wall immediately adjacent to the stair. The layout reflects the vertical movement that occurs as students utilize the stairs from floor to floor.

Demountable Partition System: Enclose by Haworth

The Retrofit

The building, which underwent an approximately 30,000-square-foot renovation, serves as the home of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and includes research laboratories, undergraduate teaching laboratories and offices.

“It’s a privilege to work with my alma mater, Washington University,” says Vern Remiger, president of REMIGER DESIGN. “The design that we helped to create for this space is meant to encourage students to learn and succeed in an environment that reflects current work trends. We’re very proud of the work we’ve done on this project and our ongoing collaboration with the university.”


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