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Building Improvements

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Renovation Designed to Last

One of the most beloved and historic destinations on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, the Memorial Union is treasured by generations of students and community members for its iconic spaces and lasting memories.

The renovated Wisconsin Union Theater, Fredric March Play Circle and Terrace and the all-new Wheelhouse Studios and Outdoor UW are just some of the big improvements from the construction effort known as the Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR).

MUR recently came to a cloase with the reopening of the restored and improved east wing and central core portions of floors two through four. We worked closely with the State Historical Society to ensure proper preservation while addressing accessibility issues, needed upgrades to mechanical, fire and sprinkler systems, as well as cosmetic restoration for many of Memorial Union’s significant spaces.

To meet the needs of students, the Memorial Union has also reimagined the cafeteria style dining space previously known as Lakefront on Langdon. The lakefront oasis, now known as Lakeview Lounge, is now a beautiful study and eating space with multiple dining options nearby, including Italian eatery Strada, salad and sandwich shop Carte, and the iconic Rathskeller.

The Memorial Union is now fully open.

Phase One: West Wing    Final Phases: Central & East Wing