Student Union

The new UIS Student Union will be the social heart of campus for students. In this signature building, so full of light and activity, students will interact with each other and with faculty, staff, and visitors, creating a vibrant and thriving focal point for life at UIS.

A message from the Chancellor

The Student Union at UIS will create a more vibrant campus life for students—and for faculty and staff. With so much to offer students, the Student Union will propel enrollment growth, and by drawing all of us into a closer community, it will help to keep students at UIS until they finish their degree. This beautiful building will also welcome community members to campus and provide a bright, spacious, and comfortable location for events, varied dining options, and social gatherings.

As you explore the information, photographs, renderings, and so much more included in this website, please be aware that state funds cannot be used for this vital project, and consider how you can support this crucial and strategically planned addition to Springfield’s public university.

Student Union Groundbreaking Event

First group with shovels

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., the University of Illinois Springfield broke ground on its first-ever student union building, a $21.7 million project. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen joined UIS Chancellor Susan Koch, and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder for the groundbreaking ceremony.

Pictured above: Saul Morse, Anne Morgan, Dominique Wilson, Josh Lawson, James Langfelder, U of I President Timothy Killeen, UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch, Clarice Ford, Evelyn Brandt Thomas, Karen Hasara, Jack Dolan, Mark Staley, U of I Board of Trustees Chair Edward L. McMillan.

Slide show of new Student Union images available

Take a look!

View of patio from the north

View the live Student Union Camera

September 16, 2016: You can begin to see the intermediate tier around the elevator (for more details see image below). The intermediate tier will have the coffee shop.

Student Union, Sept. 16, 2016

Below: A view of the intermediate tier looking toward the colonnade. Notice the elevator to the left. The gray structure at the right is the fireplace which has not yet begun to be built. The structure you can see at the far right in the live web cam image above is the entryway. The upper level at the far left is where the multipurpose/ballroom will be.

View of Student Union lounge

Below: The floor plan for the first level.

Floor plan of first floor