Today marks the official opening of the new University of Wisconsin’s Stout Memorial Student Center. An article in the Leader Telegram touts the merits of the newly renovated center. Mackey Mitchell, in association with Frisbie Architects, has transformed the 25 year old building to give it a more modern feel. Improved dining, natural light, sustainable design features, improved traffic flow, and an emphasis on openness and visibility have created a “town square” concept resutling in greater visibility and interaction among all user groups. By using an open forum programming format, Mackey Mitchell was able to clarify what students, faculty and the greater community wanted in the new building. It was clear they wanted more spontanious collaboration. According to the university’s bookstore manager, the space is “bright and cheerful and allows us to better serve our students.” MMA’s project team included Dan Mitchell, John Burse, Jim Konrad, Stacey Wehe, and Clint Smith.