Danforth University Center (DUC)

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.

Building Hours

(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 Life
Campus Box 1068


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Campus Life
Washington University in St. Louis
Room 160
6475 Forsyth Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Campus Life
Campus Box 1068
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Building History

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.

Learn more about Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth.

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

Event Management
Harvey Media Center
Career Center
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Liberman Graduate Center
Office for International Students and Scholars

DUC Donors

A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.

Ameren Corporation

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

Turkanis Family

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

Anonymous Donors

DUC Naming Opportunities

For information about facility naming opportunities in Danforth University Center, please contact:
Elizabeth Embree
Director of Capital Projects, Alumni & Development


Commemorative Bricks

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:

Lizz Gunn
Associate Director of Capital Projects, Alumni & Development
Contact Lizz by email