January 2018: Anticipated opening date
Spring 2016: Anticipated groundbreaking; Construction begins
Ongoing: Final design decisions are being made. Focus Groups are meeting to discuss:
- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
- Art in Architecture
- Gaming and Audio Visual Design
- Furniture and Interior Design
- Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
April 1, 2014: Illinois Board of Higher Education Approves the Student Union Building Construction at UIS.
January 23, 2014: Board of Trustees formally approved the student union project.
December 10, 2013: Student Union Video “Walk-Through” of what new Student Union may look like
November 7, 2013: Character mapping: Student Union committee looks at interior and exterior colors, textures, and materials for the new student union.
August, 2013: Billboard with architects’ renderings of proposed student union appear on campus
May 2013: Professional Service Consultant chosen (Dewberry Architects from Peoria, Illinois, working with Workshop Architects from Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
March, 2013: Four architectural firms came to UIS to interview for the Student Union project (out of 29 who submitted proposals)
April, 2013: Focus groups with prospective architects begin
April 19, 2012: Students vote on referendum to raise fees to build student union; referendum passes
April 9, 2012: First open forum for the Student Union
March, 2012: Student Union Survey: 800 responses collected
February 15, 2012: Student Union Facebook launches