University of Wisconsin – Madison

Throughout the renovation and restoration of the Memorial Union, UWRS was dedicated to preserving that which is historic and loved while making selective demolitions, additions, and remodeling to better organize the building’s functions and to improve circulation, life safety, and service functions necessary for the smooth operation of the facility.

Phase I

Circulation was clarified, universal accessibility was provided and the two theaters (the Union Theater and Play Circle Theater) improved.  Additionally the Union offices were better consolidated.

Phase II

Components included the renovation and updating of the Rathskeller, new food options, and an outdoor entertainment venue.

Completed 2014-2017.


  • InBusiness Magazine Commercial Design Awards – Project of the Year, Best New Development or Renovation–Mixed Use, Best Outdoor Landscaping Project – 2018
  • ACEC Wisconsin Engineering Excellence Best of State Award – 2018
  • Daily Reporter Top Project – 2017
  • ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award – Historic Renovation (Bronze) – 2015
  • Daily Reporter Top Project – 2014