Buildings + Facilities

Be Part of a Great Future

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 Event and Recreation Complex, 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 will showcase the vibrant local arts scene, cultivate emerging creative talent and attract national artists to Eau Claire. The Confluence will also offer 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.

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“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 

Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex on Menomonie Street

Thanks to UW-Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag’s generous gift, the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex is now underway. The complex will include:

  • Seating to accommodate over 5,000 at major events.
  • Wellness, aquatics and recreation facilities through a partnership with the Eau Claire YMCA, Mayo Clinic Health Systems and UW-Eau Claire.
  • Mixed-use building consisting of the Big River Education Center, climbing wall, small deli-style restaurant and housing for students. 
  • Surface parking to serve the entire complex.
  • Opportunities for private business development that could complement the event and recreation center.

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.

Learn more about the Sonnentag Center

Visitor Center and Admissions

Prospective students, Blugold alumni, and other visitors will have a new entryway to campus when the Visitor Center and Admissions opens in 2020. 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. UW-Eau Claire’s Admissions, Foundation and Alumni Association offices will be located in the new center. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has received a lead gift for the $5.5 million building, which will be built entirely with private funding. The Foundation will secure all remaining funding before construction starts in 2019.

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Confluence Arts Center in progress of being built

Downtown arts center in the news

This August 2017 Leader-Telegram story describes the Confluence Arts Center under construction in downtown Eau Claire.

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Confluence Arts Center

New leader for Pablo Center at the Confluence

Jason Jon Anderson, formerly assistant director for conferences and event services at UW-Eau Claire, has been named executive director of the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

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Sonnentag Complex site drawing

Menomonie Street project moves ahead

A mixed-use building containing the Big River Education Center, climbing wall, small deli-style restaurant and student apartments will be the first phase of development on the Menomonie Street property owned by the Blugold Real Estate Foundation.

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