What was just a hole in the ground near the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Skinker Boulevard one year ago has been replaced by a structure that, when completed in May 2010, will be the second building in a new complex for the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the northeast corner of the Danforth Campus—connected with Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, home of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, on all three levels.
The 150,875-square-foot building, to be named Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Hall, will honor the Brauers for their longstanding devotion to and impact on the University. Stephen Brauer, a former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, is the chairman of Hunter Engineering Company, a leading manufacturer of computer-based, automotive service equipment for the global market, headquartered in St. Louis. Camilla Brauer, who has been recognized nationally for her volunteer work as a fundraiser, is an important cultural and civic leader in the St. Louis region. She is an honorary trustee of the Saint Louis Art Museum and serves as a member of The Danforth Circle Committee of Washington University’s William Greenleaf Eliot Society.
The Brauers have provided significant scholarship support to the University for students in the engineering and business schools; they have endowed the Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Distinguished Professorship in Biomedical Engineering; they have contributed generously toward other University initiatives; and in fall 2008, they made a major commitment to help implement the long-range, strategic plan for the University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science.
The Brauers’ commitment, made in the form of a challenge grant, will match all gifts and commitments from alumni, parents, and friends—up to the maximum of their commitment—that are earmarked for support of the School of Engineering’s annual and long-term needs, including scholarships and fellowships, research, new and ongoing academic programs and initiatives, the annual fund, and construction and renovation of physical facilities.
“Kimmy and I are proud to be so closely associated with Washington University,” says Mr. Brauer. “The University’s growth and its rise in reputation in the last 20 years have been truly remarkable. We believe the School of Engineering has terrific potential both for Washington University and for society; as well, it can be a catalyst for economic development in the St. Louis region. We are happy to add our support to its success.”
“Steve and Kimmy Brauer are two of St. Louis’ and America’s most distinguished citizens,” says Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “They have been steadfast friends of Washington University for many years, and through their leadership, generosity, and service, they have left an indelible imprint both on the University and the School of Engineering.”
Mr. Brauer’s relationship with Washington University began in 1987 when he joined the National Council for the School of Engineering, which he has chaired since 2004. He was elected to the University’s Board of Trustees in 1991, and currently serves as Board chair.
“The University has benefited greatly from Steve’s wisdom and experience,” says Chancellor Wrighton. “As vice chair and now chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the School of Engineering’s National Council, he is helping guide the long-term strategic planning process that will set the direction for both the University and the School as we work to address the challenges facing society in our fast-changing world.”
Ground was broken for Brauer Hall on October 29, 2008, and when it opens next year, it will serve as home for the School of Engineering’s Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE); share facilities with the University’s nationally recognized Department of Biomedical Engineering; offer research space for the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability (I-CARES); and provide state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratories, classrooms, and special teaching areas. An innovative feature of the new facility will be a 90-seat, distance learning classroom—the first of its kind at the University—that will be available for use by all academic departments and schools, and which will be invaluable for communicating with EECE’s research partners around the world. The architectural firm, chosen for its extensive experience in laboratory design and historic preservation, is RMJM. Clayco Inc. is the design-builder for the $60 million project.