The second and final phase of the Memorial Union Reinvestment project is 26,599 GSF/ 2,077 ASF and will restore the remainder of the building’s exterior, plus continue to redevelop its 5-story interior, improving functionality, life safety, and service functions. Total project cost is $58,585,000.
Work on the exterior includes repair and replacement of deteriorated roof, window and curtain wall, damaged soffits and fascia, along with addressing ADA issues and needed Terrace improvements. A new underground loading dock will facilitate service to central campus buildings, clearing the surface for the construction of Alumni Park. Alumni Park includes extensive landscaped gardens, open lawns, gathering spaces, interactive exhibits, and points of visual interest in celebration of the many signification contributions UW–Madison Alumni have made to the world.
Work on the interior includes restoration of historic spaces and all new food venues. Construction began in June 2015. First floor and basement reopened November 2016. The remainder of the building opened in September 2017. Alumni park opened October 2017.