Construction is underway!

Feb 18th, 2019

Hey everyone! We have been getting a lot of questions about the current progress of the pier construction and we are super excited to let you all know that we finally have an approved update to send you all. Don't let the tone of the update fool you. While the language may be dry, we are excited for the splash these new piers will make when they are open next summer!!!

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Tong Family Marina February 2019

We are about halfway through construction of the Tong Family Marina, a new pier system along Lake Mendota. Once finished, the marina will enhance safety, increase boat storage efficiency, allow for the creation of a new park, and provide more on-land space for programming.

Construction began in October 2018 and continues, today even as temperatures fall into the sometimes below freezing.

Each week, the lakefront continues to evolve into the modern, safe new space of which the Union team, including its incredible student leaders, have dreamt for years.

Extensive work has been completed including but not limited to the following:

  • Removed previous pier system
  • Installed a temporary fence around the construction site
  • Created a turbidity curtain, which serves as an erosion control system during construction
  • Removed light posts and various utilities
  • Completed driving 30 pipe piles, which serve as deep foundations for the pier system
  • Installed sheet piling lake wall
  • Completed work on pouring concrete for the sloop ramp
  • Have begun work on manufacturing the pier structure

Despite subzero temperatures and pausing progress during a portion of UW-Madison finals week, the Tong Family Marina is on track to be complete in summer 2019.

In coming weeks, work will continue, including adding new, angular stone revetment, which will help prevent erosion and fortify the shoreline. In addition, a metal cap will be placed on the sheet piling, which will then be covered by concrete. The Hoofer Marina Project is being funded solely by private donations. More information about the project, including how to help make this effort possible through a donation, can be found here:

If you are looking for more information about the marina project check out take a look at the project page here. If you are interested in showing your support for the Marina Project more information on how to donate can be found here.