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.

Slide show of new Student Union images available

Take a look!

View of patio from the north

Student Union construction approved!

U of I Board of Trustees awards construction contract for UIS student union–read the complete story.

Cut out shovel for website

Things are moving forward!

Look for a groundbreaking in early May 2016…


New article, OCT 15, 2015: Plans for UIS Student Union going forward with private funds

Solicitation for bids for the Student Union project were posted in early October, according to Chuck Coderko, director of construction aT UIS. “This is a very important project for the university,” said Chancellor Susan J. Koch. Read more from the SJ-R article by Chris Dettro, posted October 15, 2015.

Learn more about the environmental design of the Student Union (pdf)

A newsletter from the Environmental Studies Department at UIS, published in Fall, 2014, presents additional details and discussion about the environmental design of the Student Union.

Student Union Campaign Kickoff, Tuesday, September 30, 4:30-6:30

More than 700 people came to the Kickoff. They celebrated the Student Union Project, devoured lots of good food from UIS Food Services, enjoyed games, listened to calliope music, and had a great time.

Thanks to all who made this such a successful event!

Updated floor plans

The architects have made some changes to the floor plans. Take a look…

New Student Union Video!

We asked Chancellor Koch,  faculty member Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, and three outspoken students–Jamaal Hollins, Samia Ahmad, and Nate Hoyle–to share their excitement about the new Student Union. Take a look at the new video.

Additional Media

Schematic Design Video Tour of the Student Union  (note:  it is still in design phase and this is only  a virtual representation)

Photos from student union focus groups

Photo Tour with Architectural Renderings