Historic Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire is being renovated to better accommodate public events serving the campus, student organizations and the greater Eau Claire community. Renovation of the auditorium, which resides in Schofield Hall — the only National Historic Building on campus — began in late May and is scheduled to be completed by the end of fall semester.
Schofield Auditorium is the largest fixed-seating venue on campus, with a seating capacity of 660. It is the setting for major presentations such as the Artists Series, The Forum, musical events, orientation welcomes and lectures. Schofield Auditorium hosts an average of 135 student-sponsored events per year, accounting for 98 percent of its use.
The project, which will cost approximately $1 million, was funded through a partnership that includes the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Student Senate, University Centers/Event Services, and state and university facilities improvement funds. Updates include new seating, sound improvements, theater lighting, central room control, a video wall projection system, and other aesthetic and facility improvements, including improved handicap accessibility. Major electrical improvements also are required to make the updates possible.
A fundraising opportunity to sponsor individual chairs at $250 each is under way. More information can be found on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation website.