St. Louis Arch

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Engineering


Department of Construction Management

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Kirsten Davis


The St. Louis Arch, also known as the Gateway Arch stands 630 feet in the air and overlooks the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West,” the arch broke ground for construction in 1959 on the banks of the Mississippi River and was completed in 1965. Even though the Arch attracts over 4 million people per year, American citizens were originally not excited about their taxes paying the $13 million for the construction. Several delays, including those by civil right activists, shut downs for safety checks, and lawsuits lengthened the duration of the project. Today, it is still the tallest arch in the world, and has undergone multiple renovations, including the most recent one that closed down the Arch for 5 years and costed nearly $380 million.

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