Phase One Of Memorial Union Renovation Begins This Summer

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

From the University of Wisconsin

The designing, planning and preparing is over. It’s time to start the first phase of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project. Though interior abatement won’t begin until early July, signs of the renovation will begin popping up in mid-June, with some construction fencing appearing along the southwest corner of the building and cordoning off Lot 1 between Memorial Union and the Red Gym.

With the summer Terrace music and film events to be announced shortly and the recent buzz surrounding the addition of the blue Terrace chairs as part of the Mendota Blue Movement (, the Wisconsin Union expects that Terrace visitors will enjoy the same vibrant atmosphere and relaxing experience they have eagerly anticipated during the off-season.

“The good news is that the Terrace will be open all summer, along with Memorial Union’s outdoor recreational facilities including Hoofers,” said MUR Project Coordinator Jacklyn John. “In fact, patrons will likely be able to relax on the Terrace all summer long without even realizing that construction is happening inside the building.”

Phase 1 of the MUR project will only affect the building’s west wing, which includes the Wisconsin Union Theater, Craftshop and outdoor recreation facilities. While the bulk of the west wing will close in early July, Hoofers and Outdoor Rentals will remain open until late August to help minimize the renovation’s impact on lakeside activities.

The summer Terrace music (Tuesday through Saturday evenings) and film series (Monday nights) will continue without interruption starting June 4 with the first movie.

Some public parking will be lost when Lot 1 closes except for bike parking and limited handicapped parking. However, plenty of other parking is available nearby – lots under Helen C. White on N. Park St, Lake St Ramp and Lot 46 on the corner of Lake and Johnson St. Access to the Union from the Lakeshore bike path will be open until work on the Hoofers area begins in early September.

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