Memorial Union Reinvestment

Final Phases

We’re almost there!

The final phases of MUR address needed updates and renovations in the remaining two-thirds of the building: the central core, east wing, and Terrace. This includes upgrades to mechanical, fire and sprinkler systems, as well as needed restoration for many of the Memorial Union’s significant spaces including, der Rathskeller, the Trophy Room, Main Lounge, Tripp Commons, Old Madison, Porter Butts Gallery and the Great Hall. To meet the demands of students and members, the cafeteria-style dining space has been upgraded to multiple eateries. Accessibility issues are being addressed throughout the central core and east wing, and have been addressed on the historic Terrace space.

The Terrace closed in fall 2015 to address accessibility and many other important updates. This beloved space reopened in mid-May 2016 in time to be part of the class of 2016’s graduation weekend memories. In addition, the east wing and central core portions of the first floor opened in December 2016, revealing the care with which the Union preserved beloved spaces, such as der Rathskeller, and reimagined some spaces, such as the Daily Scoop. Click here, or click the timeline image below to see what updates will be unveiled soon.


The Final Phases, specifically the updates to the Terrace, are part of the Lakefront Gateway project, which includes Alumni Park and One Alumni place of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA).