Strategic Visioning / Master Planning / Architecture
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Reeve Memorial Union
Unique to UW-Oshkosh, the design committee for the Reeve Memorial Union was comprised entirely of students. Students decided every element of the design, indicating a deep trust from the university administration and requiring an intensely interactive design process on the part of the architects.
With an old union that centered on a long dark double-loaded corridor, students rebelled. They asked for a light-filled corridor-free space. The architects listened, creating a union within which circulation occurs through activated spaces and light pours enters through high expansive windows. The arcing ceiling provides infinite variety, further adding to the dynamic new union.
The students at UW-Oshkosh have embraced the union as a central meeting place, a home away from home.