This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: You might think an injunction would be required to shut down a major American law school for a day. But Monday, the locks were thrown and faculty and students were told to go home not because of legal action but because of the installation of a two-part, 60-ton framework atop the Washington University School of Law’s Anheuser-Busch Hall.
The hoisting began Monday, May 5, and was finished on Tuesday. The building in now open again. The steel framework will cover a 6054-square-foot span, to be fitted with glass to form a covered interior courtyard for the school. Tarlton Corp., St. Louis, oversaw the heavy lifting. Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, designed the canopy: a prominent element in an overall refurbishing of the law school building, which opened in 1997.