WUSTL’s Corner Building at Delmar and Skinker opens

Washington University in St. Louis’ newly renovated Corner Building on Skinker and Delmar boulevards opened Aug. 14. The building is located on the eastern side of the Loop area in the City of St. Louis and contains apartments and spaces for retail shops.

“The University City and St. Louis Loop district just north of the Danforth Campus already is a desired location for faculty, staff and students to live and enjoy leisure time,” said Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration.

“Through the Corner Building’s redevelopment — along with North Campus, the 560 Music Center and others — Washington University is pleased to contribute to the ongoing redevelopment of the Loop into one of the nation’s most attractive areas for living, working and playing,” Webber said.

WUSTL began remodeling and rehabilitating the 24,000-square-foot, approximately 70-year-old Corner Building in May. It houses 16 two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments for graduate students, faculty and staff on its second and third floors. The building is located a few doors west of the new Moonrise Hotel.

“Quadrangle Management is excited to offer yet another option for graduate students, faculty or staff who wish to live near campus and also be close to all the excitement and activity the Loop area has to offer,” said Mary Campbell, assistant vice chancellor for real estate.

The university also renovated the building’s street-level retail space and added seven wind turbines to the roof for both sustainability and aesthetic reasons.

“The university wanted to create an architecturally interesting feature for the building that would add to the ambience of the Loop area,” said Michael Benoist, project manager in the Office of Facilities Planning and Management. “The turbines also help to reduce the building’s overall electricity draw from the community’s power grid.”

The wind turbines will generate an estimated 14,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

The Corner Building’s other green features include a high-efficiency air-conditioning system, a white roof that reflects the sun’s rays and insulated windows. During the renovation, existing wood and terrazzo flooring and wood interior doors were restored and reused.

Retail tenants will be announced at a later date.

Trivers Associates was the architect on the project. Paric Corp. performed the renovations.