Slide show: Sneak peek: Inside the Memorial Union project Posted December 2, 2013

The Memorial Union isn’t just a building. It’s a place where generations of students create lifelong memories. “Preserving the Past. Building the Future” is the project’s motto for a reason. This is the first comprehensive restoration of the Memorial Union since its construction in 1928. Great care is being taken to improve the building while maintaining all of its original character.

More than 13,000 students, faculty, staff, union members and other stakeholders have contributed to the Memorial Union Reinvestment design process by answering surveys and polls, serving in task groups and committees or attending open forums.

Phase 1 renovations are expected to be complete in summer 2014 with phase 2 starting in the fall of 2014 and expected to be complete by summer 2016. Take a sneak peek at the progress with this slideshow.

At left: An aerial view looking northwest provides an overview of the extensive construction and renovation work being done on the west wing, at left, of the Memorial Union. In the background at upper left is Helen C. White Hall and Lake Mendota.

Text by Käri Knutson