Union South, University of Wisconsin, Madison

By creating distinctive concepts, the UW Union South has become a campus destination.

A centerpiece of the location is a large fireplace is wrapped in wrought iron that has been designed to look like the life cycle of the prairie, says Korz.

“An artist developed [the fireplace] and this it anchors the whole space,” Korz says. “The backside of the piece has a separate design and it flows into the lounge space that is the wine bar. We offer local and organic wines, sell tapas and do wine educational series in the space.”