Reinvestment Final Phase Commences
The Memorial Union Reinvestment (MUR) seeks to ensure that Memorial Union maintains its historical integrity and remains a beloved destination on campus for generations to come. This is the first major update to the building since Memorial Union was first built in 1928.
MUR Phase I was completed in Summer 2014 with the renovation of the Memorial Union west wing. The final phases seek to improve infrastructure, accessibility and sustainability in the central core, east wing and on the Memorial Union Terrace.
On May 26, 2015 UW-Madison’s Parking Lot 1, off Langdon Street and adjacent to Memorial Union and the Red Gym, closed to allow construction of an underground loading dock. The loading dock will feature an innovative, massive turntable-like structure to allow delivery trucks to turn in the confined space.
Since the loading dock will be underground, the surface will be to used for Alumni Park. Alumni Park aims to connect the Memorial Union Terrace with Library Mall to honor the Wisconsin Idea and UW-Madison alumni.
The Wisconsin Union and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are partners in the Lakefront Gateway project, the collection of One Alumni Place, Alumni Park and the Memorial Union Reinvestment to recreate the northeast corner of campus.
The Terrace will not be affected by construction in Lot 1 during the summer. Parking will no longer be available in Lot 1, although more than 1,400 visitor parking stalls are located within three blocks of Memorial Union. Langdon Street, from North Lake Street to Park Street, will be closed from May 26 to the end of October, 2015. The Memorial Union, the Pyle Center and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) will remain open and accessible to all patrons.
The Lakefront Gateway will complete East Campus redevelopment which will create sightlines from Lake Mendota to Dayton Street, developing a worthy entrance to UW-Madison.