Memorial Union and Alumni Park Tour
Thursday, June 28, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. CDT
Madison, WI, United States
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The Memorial Union, one of the most beloved destinations on campus since its construction in 1928, completed a years-long historic restoration project in the fall of 2017 that maintained the historic integrity of the building while also updating spaces for activities and events, improving accessibility, upgrading infrastructure, and improving sustainability. Similarly, the Union Terrace underwent an upgrade to improve accessibility, increase capacity, expand the Lakeshore Path, expand the Brat Stand, and add new food options.
Alumni Park was also completed in the fall of 2017. Immediately adjacent to the Union, Alumni Park replaced the UW’s parking lot 1 along the Lake Mendota shoreline. Originally included in the 1908 Campus Master Plan, the idea of a lakefront park resurfaced intermittently through 2005, when the concept of the park was included in the 2005 Master Plan. The Wisconsin Alumni Association began planning for Alumni Park in 2009, and construction began in 2015.
All three projects are the result of a long-term plan combined with visionary design. Tour guides from the UW-Madison and design firm SmithGroupJJR will cover:
· Project backgrounds and the history of the spaces;
· How the Union was restored and modernized while respecting the building’s origins;
· The interaction between the interior space of the Union and the outdoor spaces of Alumni Park and the Union Terrace;
· The challenges of designing an urban park and plaza along the Lake Mendota shoreline and building over an underground loading dock for the Union;
· Integrating UW-Madison history into the Alumni Park design;
· The design considerations of creating a brand new space in Alumni Park while integrating the project into the surrounding Campus fabric.
Tour attendees will learn about the following planning-related topics, all of which will cover methods that planners can apply to projects in their own communities:
· Historic preservation and restoration;
· Retrofitting, expanding, and upgrading a popular public space;
· Urban design principles that are behind the design of a brand new waterfront public park;
· Integrating educational features into public space to enhance the public experience.
Amanda Arnold, email@example.com