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University of Wisconsin–Madison

South Campus Union

Project Description

Serving their south campus, the University of Wisconsin had an unloved, fortress-like student union dating to the 1970s. Workshop Architects in association with Moody Nolan designed this replacement facility to meet the student’s expectations of a “timeless and enduring” building. With more than 170,000 sq. ft., the new Union South contains Varsity Hall, a room that seats 1,000, many meeting rooms, student lounge spaces and dining, recreational and entertainment spaces. The upper two levels contain 60 guest rooms, and the basement contains the loading dock and parking facilities. Moody Nolan had primary responsibilities for exterior design and detailing of the building.

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Madison, Wisc.

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