Fund that Supports the Student Union
The Heart of the University Campus
The University of Illinois Springfield is building a Student Union, and you can have a role in this exciting new project.
The focal point of campus and student life, the Student Union will become the heart of the university campus, a place where students, along with faculty and staff, can spend time with friends, collaborate on academic and leadership activities, and create an inclusive and welcoming campus community.
Please make a gift today in support of this important addition to campus.
- Additional information: Location on campus
Join a Construction Tour of the Student Union (October 2016)
View construction progress on a live web cam
Groundbreaking for the new Student Union occurred on May 4, 2016. You can view progress on a live web cam. The following image was captured on September 27, 2016.
You learn more about the project from the video below, which you can also view on Vimeo (larger format).
If UIS is to continue to grow in both size and reputation, adding this building right now to the Springfield campus is an absolute necessity.
- Additional information: Read more about the benefits a Student Union will provide
Student Activism and Enthusiasm
Students agree on the importance of this building. In fact, students have led the drive to bring a Student Union to campus. They realize as much as anyone how much a Student Union will enhance life on campus, and they have actually approved a student fee that will help pay for half the cost of the building. That’s commitment!
A Strategic Design for a Landmark Building
Plans for the new Student Union are almost complete. Designed by Dewberry Architects from Peoria, Illinois, working with Workshop Architects from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Union will be a signature building and an architectural attraction for people throughout Central Illinois.
- Additional information: Read about the strategic design of the building
- Read about the student-focused spaces and amenities
- View a slide show tour of the new building (at this point the content of the slide show is conceptual only; floor plan and interior elements subject to change
The total cost of the building will be $21.75 million. As a result of a recent referendum which students passed, student fees will cover about half the cost. Because state funds cannot be used for the remainder of this vital project, however, UIS also needs $8 million in private donor support for the project to be realized.
What about you?
Will you consider your role in bringing this transformative building to the UIS campus? Please feel free to use the contact information below to contact us with your questions.