Total Transformation

When Lucy Nicolai visited the newly renovated Memorial Student Center (MSU) at the University of Wisconsin, she sent a note to the Mackey Mitchell team telling them what she thought about their work. Having served for 25 years as the Director of the Memorial Student Center (now retired), Lucy’s first words to designer John Burse were… “WOW. It’s AWESOME!”  Her comments were so uplifting, we asked if we could share them with others.

This is what she said: “I had lunch in the MSC today and was in complete awe of the transformation. Thanks to you and your team for making our dreams come true.  It is absolutely beautiful.  After looking at so many other student center renovations, I’m certain this is one of the most beautiful and functional.  Students were sitting at the booths and under the stairway by the big windows in the new entry. It all looks so homey. I thought the entrances were as dramatic as any I’ve seen and the Grandview Terrace is so welcoming. There are so many wonderful aspects of this building I simply can’t list them all. ” Thanks Lucy.  We appreciate your kind words and they remind us once again that it takes a great client to make a great project. (The MMA project team includes Dan Mitchell, John Burse, Jim Konrad, Merrilee Hertlein, Clint Smith and Stacey Wehe.)