3 Campus-wide surveys

  • 23,000 respondents

7 Unique Programs
  • Intercept Interviews
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Tuesdays After Class socials
  • Monthly Union Staff Forums during design
  • Campus Brown Bag series
  • Breese Terrace Union naming contests
  • Campus tabling

32 Focus Groups, Advisory Groups, User Groups and Committees

  • Over 400 students faculty, staff and alumni involved
The Wisconsin Union’s rich history is rooted in engagement, interaction and community-building echoing the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. The Union does this on a daily basis through its programs, services and facilities. This core mission, to build community on campus through engagement, was used throughout the design process. The Union knew that the more people that were involved and engaged in the project from the beginning, the more beloved and successfully-designed the new south campus Union would be.

Because the Union is committed to student leadership and shared governance, the major decisions, ideas and designs reflect the will of the students. UW faculty, alumni and staff also played an important role in the collaborative process.


11 Workshops

  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery-Wisconsin Union join planning charrette
  • Eco-design
  • Adjacency Model
  • Site Program exercise
  • Character Mapping workshop
  • Exterior design & materials workshop in Milwaukee
  • Focus Zones exercise
  • 5 Interior design workshops

10 Special Events

  • Campus Symposium
  • All-Campus Kick off
  • Live Blog Activity
  • Badger Bash celebration November 2008
  • Town Halls (2)
  • Community Assemblies (3) November 2008
  • Wrecking Ball December 2008
  • Final Farewell January 2009
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony June 2009
  • Save the Date 4.15.10 Party on Bascom Hill
  • Topping Ceremony June 11, 2010


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