As you probably know, the Union is preparing for a large building project that will begin with the renovation and preservation of the Theater and Hoofers Wing in the summer of 2012. This project has a long history and is the product of years of hard work from students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community.
As you might expect, renovating and updating a structure built in the 1920s is quite a challenge. For over 80 years this building has been the heart and soul of campus and the home of countless memories. Beyond logistic and construction concerns, we must also carefully preserve the history, character and ambiance of our beloved Memorial Union. A building this old requires a lot of updates to infrastructure to ensure that it will remain functional, accessible and safe for years to come. While the MUR project includes upgrading some spaces within the building, it is primarily about preserving what is already great about the Memorial Union.
Key elements of the project include:
• Enhanced student/program space
• Improved accessibility
• Upgraded infrastructure
• Increased Terrace space
• Modern Technology
Since its inception, this project has focused on preserving the past and building for the future. It is those ideals that continue to shape our planning for the Memorial Union Reinvestment. We are proud to say that students, staff, alumni and faculty have all been involved in every step of this process. This level of involvement and input makes us confident that the MUR project has moved forward in a democratic and user-focused way. The Wisconsin Union prides itself on its transparency and community involvement, and this project is no exception. Thanks to the hard work of many, the development and design process is in its final stages and we are excited to see the project move forward.
The MUR website, www.unionreinvestment.wisc.edu, contains updates and background information on the project. We encourage you to stay informed on the project by following @mureinvestment on Twitter and by visiting our Facebook page.
This is an exciting time at the Wisconsin Union and we encourage you to share your knowledge with others. The Memorial Union has served our campus and community for many, many years, and we look forward to seeing it evolve and grow to meet the needs of students and members in the coming semesters, years and beyond.