Guests and the campus community were introduced to the Maucker Union improvements March 20 at an open house event. Maucker Union staff explained the extensive infrastructure work including heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and media support. New surfaces and furnishing in the lobby are part of the project.
“The improvements make this space very desirable for meetings of up to 600 people,” said Lisa Kratz, director of Maucker Union. “Technology enhancements give us the capacity to fully support meetings that include media presentations. We now offer meeting room sizes for 10 to 600 people, so conference groups will find a full service home at Maucker Union.”
The ballroom was originally opened in 1991. Aside from some minor cosmetic changes, there have been no major upgrades to the space.
The past year of activity at Maucker Union include 342 reservations for the ballroom complex, with an attendance of 20,596 people. More than 90 percent of building usage for Maucker Union is by university entities or university-related events. Non-university events using the ballroom space typically include weddings, proms, receptions and other special events.
Maucker Union building projects such as the ballroom project are self-funded from generated revenues and building fee income.