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Union Ribbon-Cutting Oct. 3

September 23, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- It's not your mom's University Union anymore.

The University Union at Western Illinois University, which was built in the early 1960s, has received a facelift, launching a part of the building and its facade into the 21st century. A grand re-opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in the Murray Street Cafe.

The $8 million Phase I project included a renovated food court, as well as a remodeled Lamoine Room and Murray Street Cafe. The northwest entrance and patio were also part of the renovations, and behind-the-scences, a new chiller system and updated mechanical systems were installed. The renovations were completed in August after approximately 18 months.

The University Union was built in two phases in 1962 and 1964. In its 50-year history, only minor modifications and repairs have been made to the building's structure, layout and systems.

In 2011, the southwest side of the Union was renovated, including elevator access to the Heritage Room.

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