Memorial Union Reinvestment

Phase I

The Memorial Union is one of the most beloved and historic buildings on campus. The Memorial Union has been home to student engagement, programs, and social activities since 1928 when it opened. After generations of heavy use the Memorial Union needed a renovation to remedy outdated infrastructure systems, accessibility issues, and limited space for programming, all while maintaining the historic integrity and charm of the building. Phase I of the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR) addressed these concerns in the west wing and the 5th floor, most notably enhancing the programming space for Wisconsin Hoofers, the Wisconsin Union Theater, Wheelhouse Studios and the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD).

To see more photos of the completed Phase I renovation, click here.


Design Process

Students have been and continue to be an integral part of the design process by consistently sharing their input through surveys, open forums and interest group meetings.

Project Architect Firms

Uihlein Wilson: based in Milwaukee. Their most recent UW-Madison project was the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) next to Union South. Our design principal is Del Wilson. Moody Nolan, Inc.: based in Columbus, Ohio. Their most recent UW-Madison project was Union South. Our design principal is Curt Moody.

Construction Manager, Phase I

The Boldt Company: based in Appleton with a local office in Madison. Their recent UW-Madison projects include the Park Street Redevelopment project, constructing Smith Hall and the 21 N. Park St. administrative building. Our project manager was Melanie Taylor.

Check out what’s happening now with the Final Phases of the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR).