Memorial Union Reinvestment (Status/Plan) / MUR
Phase I of the Memorial Union Reinvestment Project is now complete. It:
- renovated and enhanced the West Wing and 5th floor
- addressed the accessibility needs of the West Wing by removing some of the level changes and adding various ramps, lifts and elevators
- enhanced the program needs of building users -- most notably Outdoor UW, the Wisconsin Union Theater, Wheelhouse Studios and the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD)
- updated the infrastructure of the West Wing by addressing aging HVAC system, plumbing and lighting
- addressed needed upgrades to mechanical, fire and sprinkler systems, as well as cosmetic restoration for many of the Memorial Union's significant spaces
- transformed the cafeteria-style dining space into multiple unique eateries
- addressed accessibility issues throughout the central core, east wing, and historic Terrace spaces
- addressed the Lakefront Gateway Project
- No tax dollars were used to build the new Union South or renovate Memorial Union. The building will continue to be funded via student segregated fees, operating revenue and donations.
- Students have played an integral role in the design process of the Memorial Union Reinvestment. Students have consistently shared their input through surveys, open forums and interest group meetings.
- The three main design bodies that made important design decisions on the project were led by a student majority.
Preserving a Historic BuildingThe Memorial Union is one of the most beloved and historic buildings on campus. One of the project goals was to enhance this iconic place. The
design team worked closely with the Wisconsin State Historical Society to ensure we preserved the integrity of the building while improving its
overall relevance, excitement and vibrancy.
The Terrace: The historic Terrace and the historic tree canopy have been preserved. The remaining portions of the Terrace, which were last reconstructed in 1985, have been ungraded. For the first time, there Terrace is now completely accessible.This included the addition of ramps to bring the space up to standards, as well as a few additional access paths through the Terrace space. A larger stage was also constructed. Additionally, the outside grade around the north and east sides of the building were brought up to the same level as the first floor inside. This allows for easy flow between the Terrace and the new dining spaces on the north side of the building.