Garfield Avenue Redesign

About the Project

This strategic redesign will transform one of the primary entrances and thoroughfares through campus into a pedestrian mall more accommodating to students and visitors alike. This $12.4 million project was enumerated in the 2013-15 state budget. Construction began in spring 2017 and is projected to be completed by fall 2018.

Main features of this project:

  • Replacement of underground utilities from the base of the university hill to Park Avenue
  • Removal of the Putnam Hall parking lot to make way for the development of a future outdoor classroom
  • Reconfiguring of the south end of the footbridge to provide a more gradual flow into the Central Campus Mall area
  • Conversion to a pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare in accordance with principles in the 2010-30 Campus Master Plan

In a two-day campus site visit the Garfield Avenue Redevelopment Team met with the Campus Project Committee, Steering Committee, students, staff, Ecumenical Religious Center representatives, City of Eau Claire Staff and city/neighborhood members to introduce them to the site and utility constraints, while also soliciting feedback on what their vision is for the redevelopment project.

Phase one of Garfield Ave. construction.

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Phase one of Garfield Ave. construction.

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In a two-day campus site visit the Garfield Avenue Redevelopment Team met with the Campus Project Committee, Steering Committee, students, staff, Ecumenical Religious Center representatives, City of Eau Claire staff and city/neighborhood members to review the design goals and introduce three design studies that built off feedback provided from the various stakeholder groups in September. 

Phase two of Garfield Ave. redesign.

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Garfield Ave project studies 1-3

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In a two-day campus site visit the Garfield Avenue Redevelopment Team met with the Campus Project Committee, Steering Committee, students, staff, Ecumenical Religious Center Representatives, City of Eau Claire staff and city/neighborhood members to review a consolidated site design based on feedback from the previous October design meeting. The design includes an outdoor classroom at the current Putnam parking lot site, seating areas, pedestrian and bicycle corridor, overlook, amphitheater, event lawn, stormwater infrastructure, and gateway entrance between Zorn Arena and Hibbard Hall.

Phase three of Garfield Ave project

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Phase three of Garfield Ave project

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In a one-day campus site visit the Garfield Avenue Redevelopment Team met with the Campus Project Committee, Campus Steering Committee, and City/Neighborhood groups to review a refined site plan based on feedback from the previous November meetings. Some of the topics covered in the meeting were: additional outdoor classroom nodes, seating areas, paving materials, pedestrian and bicycle circulation, food stands, clock placement, overlooks, guardrails, ADA parking, pedestrian lighting, exhibit elements for storytelling, emergency access, and gateway materials.

Phase four of Garfield Ave. construction.

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In a one-day campus site visit the Garfield Avenue Redevelopment Team met with the Campus, City and public as part of the EIA Public Hearing process to review a revised site plan based on feedback from the previous December design meetings. The team reviewed railing, paving, material, and planting concepts.

Site Visit 5 of Garfield Ave.

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