Thanks to the generosity of many donors, construction has now begun on a $35 million campus center for Lawrence University. Intended as a new home for functions currently housed in Memorial Union and Jason Downer Commons, the center will be located on the south side of John Street between Sage Hall (to the east) and Lawe Street (to the west). A 60-foot wide pedestrian land bridge across Lawe Street will connect John Street and the center with the rest of the campus to the west. The beginning of construction climaxes more than 19 years of discussions and planning involving Lawrence students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees.
During the public launch of the More Light! campaign October 17, 2008, William Hochkammer, co-chair of the campaign, announced that the 107,000 square-foot building will be named the Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center. The second‐longest serving president in Lawrence University history expressed excitement about the campus center's impending completion as well as it bearing his name.
Read his remarks.
Campus Center News
More about the campus center
Comprising more than 107,000 square feet on four levels, the campus center will include:
- Student programming spaces for entertainment, activities, and meetings of campus organizations
- Offices, storage, and workspace for the Office of Campus Activities and for student organizations
- A cinema
- Mailboxes for all students
- A convenience store
- A logo store
- Meeting rooms and lounges
- Campus dining services and catering facilities
- Venues for major campus events
The building has been designed with full attention to energy conservation, environmental friendliness, and green building standards. It qualified for LEED Gold certification.
Planning and design of the building were led by Uihlein-Wilson Architects of Milwaukee, the architect of record for the project, with assistance from KSS Architects of Princeton, NJ, Boldt Construction of Appleton, and a number of other engineering, architectural, and design firms. Input into the design process from Lawrence University was coordinated through the campus center planning committee, chaired first by Nancy Truesdell, dean of students, and then by Lynn Semple Hagee, ’58, director of conferences and summer programs.
Site clearing began in March 2007; construction is projected for completion in the late spring of 2009; Lawrence will begin using the building in September 2009.
Construction Pictures and Plans