Central to the community of Washington University, the Danforth University Center (DUC) sits in the center of the Danforth Campus offering areas to “find your center.” The DUC is supported and managed by Campus Life staff and is an integral component to their vision of empowering students to become better people, making better communities.
(Fall & Spring Semesters Only)
Mon – Fri: 7–12 a.m.
Sat – Sun: 9–12 a.m.
Phone and Address
Tisch Commons Information Desk: 314-935-3800
Fun Room Information Desk: 314-935-3340
Campus Box 1068
UPS & FedEx
Washington University in St. Louis
6475 Forsyth Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Campus Box 1068
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth and the late Elizabeth (“Ibby”) Gray Danforth, the DUC is a hub of student and faculty involvement, dining and relaxation.
The three-story building was constructed entirely in the collegiate Gothic style by architecture firm Tsoi/Kobus & Associates.
The building was dedicated on April 17, 2009 and has been a central gathering place on campus ever since.
A Social Center
Social spaces are available for groups to convene and interact in an inviting, dynamic location in the heart of the campus. A Fun Room has been codesigned by students and Communication Arts, Inc. featuring garage doors that can be raised or lowered, modular furniture, chalkboard walls and high-tech audiovisual equipment.
“Ibby would be very pleased by having her name attached to this wonderful center,” said Dr. William H. Danforth. “I have countless warm memories of our years together at Washington University. She would see the new Danforth University Center as a special place where students can gather with their friends and classmates for activities and talks, for learning and for growing.”
The Danforth University Center is a green structure that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-NC Gold certified, in accordance with standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED system awards points to the building based on a 100-point scale, and points are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. Gold is the second-highest certification level achievable.
The DUC has improved water and energy use efficiencies exceeding state and federal codes. The building’s construction included the use of many recycled products and materials, and about 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled.
Learn more about LEED certification and green buildings at WashU on the Office of Sustainability’s website.
Services and Centers
A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Bahle
Mr. David and Dr. Esther Beckmann
Mrs. Stefany Dobken Bergson and Mr. Simon Bergson
In Memory of L. Stephen Boehm
Mrs. Anita Louise Crozat Cassilly
Maxine Clark and Bob Fox
Mr. John F. Dains and Ms. Stephanie Brooks Dains
William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth
The Danforth Foundation
Dr. Jane Zimmer Daniels
Edison Family Group
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Frachtman
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin P. Friedman
Mr. Alvin Goldfarb
Angel and Paul Harvey
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn House, Sr.
Mr. Sumet Jiaravanon and Family
The Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Newell S. Knight, Jr.
Carolyn and Bruce Kopper
Dr. and Mrs. Lee M. Liberman
Mark and Susan Maron
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Marshall
Mr. Arthur L. McWilliams
Robert and Gloria Mills Messey
Mr. I. E. Millstone
Mike and Barbara Murray
Mrs. William J. Oetting
Saul and Sally Pannell
Mary Ann Peter
Gordon and Susan Philpott
Mrs. Mary Dell Pritzlaff
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas L. Reding
Arthur J. Reimers Family
Mr. Scott Rudolph and Ms. Pyong Rudolph
James E. Schiele
Michael and Lauren Setzer
Ronald L. and Cynthia B. Thompson
Ann and Andrew Tisch
Ante and Edna Trinidad
Deborah and Ken Tuchman
Georgia Dunbar Van Cleve
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Virgil
Virginia V. Weldon, MD
Debbie and Richard A. Wilpon
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Winney
DUC Naming Opportunities
For information about facility naming opportunities in Danforth University Center, please contact:
Director of Capital Projects, Alumni & Development
Commemorative bricks are also available for naming in Boehm Plaza, adjacent to the south entrance of the Danforth University Center. For information about naming a brick in Boehm Plaza, please contact:
Associate Director of Capital Projects, Alumni & Development
Contact Lizz by email