The front entrance of the Memorial Union and a portion of the Memorial Union Quad will be fenced off this summer for construction. You can visit this website for updates, or follow the Memorial Union on Facebook and Instagram.
After 90 years, the Memorial Union building is facing a serious problem that needs to be fixed: the foundation of the front stairs has been washed away, and the stairs and plinths are sinking. Construction begins June 18th, and the stairs and plinths will be removed, labeled and stored while the foundation is stabilized. New drainage and waterproofing will also be installed. The original material will then be restored back in place, in compliance with the national historic register policies.
The Oregon State University Memorial Union was dedicated in 1928 as a living memorial to students that lost their lives in World War I. It is the oldest student center west of the Mississippi, celebrating its 90th year of service, and is on the national register of historic places. It was built with donations from students, and has been maintained by student fee dollars since. This project has been planned for a few years and is being funded by the continual support of the student fee committee.