Union Gets an Update

Nearly 40 years after its last extensive renovation, the Texas Union has gotten another facelift.

From redoing the ballroom floor to installing a sprinkler system, the recently completed project helped prep the historic Texas Union, built in 1933, for many more years as a hub of campus life.

The most visible of the changes: the formerly dark and desolate northwest end, at the corner of 24th and the Drag, shines with new lighting, umbrella tables, and even a Texas Union sign that glows burnt-orange at night.

“Before, that entrance was hard to see, and there wasn’t a lot of pizzazz,” says UT System project manager Bart Kleinmann. “We wanted to create a beacon of light to draw students in. It’s now more of a destination.”

Photo by Matt Valentine

 

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