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 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.
“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 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.
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.