Features identified through the master planning process, final design plans included modifications.
Memorial Union Project
The project was completed in fall 2021.
On November 20, 2018, students at the University of North Dakota were provided the opportunity to make their voice heard and cement their legacy on campus. Just over 53% of the 2,439 students who voted agreed that a new union was needed to offer upgraded student services and provide updated technology and facilities to better serve the changing needs of the student body. The new Memorial Union remains the heart of the UND campus, ushering in an enhanced student experience.
A Facility with Honors
Representatives of the Memorial Union and WTW Architects were honored at the 2023 Association of College Unions International's conference in Boston.
The Memorial Union was the cover story in the Renovation & Construction Showcase issue of the ACUI Bulletin's 2022 Special Edition.
Memorial Union Construction Updates
A time lapse camera offered a live video feed of the demolition and construction activity on campus, plus a 30 second time lapse from the beginning of demolition to now.
Conceptual Fly-Through (2018)
Memorial Union Features
Study and Meeting Spaces
- A three-story atrium entry with natural light, energy-efficient windows and an open lounge with flexible seating.
- A large fireplace and second-story balcony for student gathering.
- A large variety of meeting rooms and study spaces, ranging from individual study pods to group study spaces — all fully equipped with reliable WiFi/cellular service, HD screens, white boards and modern collaboration technology.
- Small ballroom with production balcony.
Dining, Retail and Entertainment Spaces
- Multipurpose entertainment zone with stage, open theater stairs with built-in seating and large HD screen.
- Expanded gaming lounge with table games as well as enhanced kick-back space for e-gamers and TV watchers.
- New cafe, larger convenience store and multiple retail venues.
- Outdoor dining terrace and patio space adjacent to future Second Avenue pedestrian promenade (closed to traffic).
- Flexible design anticipates campus growth and allows for seamless connections to future buildings through skyways and bridges.
- Additional indoor/outdoor greenspace with room for gardens and outdoor lawn activities.
- Enhanced sustainability features to conserve energy and reduce waste.
- Dedicated visitor drop-off and handicapped parking adjacent to building.
- A 30 percent larger ballroom with lecture capacity of 1,000 people and banquet seating for 650. Space could be converted quickly to four smaller meeting rooms.
- New affinity zones for International Center, Student Diversity & Inclusion and Pride Center.
- Expanded area for student organization resources and meeting spaces.
Below are a collection of renderings of the Memorial Union throughout its design process.