University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin - Memorial Union

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

memorial union  | madison, wi

COST

$52M

COMPLETION DATE

2017

SIZE

Building: 275,000 SF

ARCHITECT OF RECORD

Uihlein Wilson Architects

Milwaukee, WI

DESIGN ARCHITECT

Moody Nolan

Columbus, OH

Awards

FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Month, May 2018

ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award, Historic Renovation (Bronze), 2015

The Daily Reporter (WI), Top Projects, 2014 

Ricca Design Studios provided culinary design services for the renovation of the historic Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin. Bringing an 82-year-old building up to today’s design standards and student expectations, while maintaining its historic character, is no easy task. To meet the needs of today’s students, the cafeteria-style dining space on the first floor was transformed to feature multiple unique retail outlets. Known as the “heart and soul” of campus, it was important that the facility kept some of the traditional dining destinations in addition to adding contemporary options.

 

The dining options within the Union include, Der Rathskellar, Daily Scoop, Peet’s Coffee, Badger Market, Strada, and Carte. Now students have more dining options, comfortable and flexible spaces, and the historic integrity with modern conveniences. Ricca worked closely with the university and design team to ensure seamless design throughout the various phases of the project.

PUBLICATIONS

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, The University of Wisconsin Preserves the Old and Welcomes the New at Memorial Union, May 1, 2018

Wisconsin State JournalFirst floor of UW-Madison's renovated Memorial Union to reopen next week, November 28, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Union enters final phase of renovation, restoration, June 23, 2015

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