McKelvey Hall is home to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and supports Washington University’s data science efforts. It was created as a world-class computational research and education facility.
The building was a final piece of the East End Transformation on the Danforth campus.The program includes faculty offices, research neighborhoods and lab space, along with meeting rooms, study, lounge and collaboration areas for the department. Flexibility was critical in the research neighborhoods by having open spaces and moveable partitions. This allowed bringing together collaborative groups while maintaining maximum flexibility for the changing needs of cutting-edge research. In addition, the building design layout goal was to help encourage the intersection of the school’s various department. The building was named in honor of James M. McKelvey Sr who was the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science for 27 years and vision helped transform the school from a regional program to a nationally recognized research institution.