Partnerships and collaborations are setting the foundation for continued Blugold excellence and regional quality of life. Working with community partners, UW-Eau Claire is involved in two major community projects, the Pablo Center at the Confluence and the Sonnentag Centre, as well as a new Visitor Center and Admissions building.
"We can help you leave a lasting legacy that reflects your personality and your passion." —Kimera Way, President, UW-Eau Claire Foundation
The Pablo Center at the Confluence
This unique public-private collaboration in support of the arts showcases the vibrant local arts scene, cultivates emerging creative talent and attracts national artists to Eau Claire. The Confluence also offers more opportunities for the community to experience the extraordinary talents of UW-Eau Claire students and distinguished faculty — many of whom are world-class artists in their own right.
“The Pablo Center at the Confluence is the most critical project for the continued success of our downtown development as well as our literary, visual and performing arts; it must be the welcoming creative hub to everything we have all worked so hard to create."
—Jason Jon Anderson
Thanks to UW-Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag’s generous gift, as well support from the student body and approval from the Board of Regents, the Sonnentag Complex project is now underway. The complex, to be constructed beginning in the spring of 2022 along the Chippewa River on Menomonie Street, will include:
- a 172,502 square foot major event facility with a total capacity of 5,000 (3,250 fixed seats, 1,320 floor seats, and limited standing room);
- two-story UW-Eau Claire wellness and recreation facilities;
- offices for Blugold Athletics;
- four sport courts suitable for basketball, volleyball, etc.;
- a Mayo Clinic Health System clinical location offering sports medicine, human performance enhancement, and imaging services;
- a 60-yard artificially-turfed fieldhouse;
- surface parking to serve the entire complex, including electric vehicle charging stations; and
- land suitable for complex expansion or development of private businesses that could complement and serve activities at the event and recreation complex.
In addition to the gift of land and initial funding from the Sonnentag family and WEDC and EPA grants, various other funding sources are being identified including a major philanthropic effort initially seeking funds locally, regionally and nationally.
Flesch Family Welcome Center
Prospective students, Blugold alumni and other visitors will have a new entryway to campus when the university's "new front door" opens in 2020. Through a generous lead gift, alumni couple and longtime supporters of their alma mater, Tom and Jeannie Flesch, have secured naming rights to what will be known as the Flesch Family Welcome Center. The center will be built on university land along Roosevelt Avenue across from Schneider Hall on the sites of an existing visitor kiosk and three recently razed homes. The building will be a state-of-the-art facility housing Admissions, Alumni Association and the Foundation. The center will include the latest technology, collaborative spaces for campus visits and alumni meetings, scenic views of the campus mall and a legacy wall showcasing generations of Blugold families.
As planning continues and designs become finalized, additional opportunities for named areas of the building are available. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation encourages those interested in transforming student recruitment and alumni engagement through the new Flesch Family Welcome Center to explore possibilities within the Foundation.