Ky. (Dec. 10, 2002) -- The University of
Kentucky Board of Trustees got a detailed look today
at a new master campus development plan created by
Ayers/Saint/Gross, the Baltimore, Md., architect and
The new campus plan, developed after more than a
year of meetings with community citizens and leaders,
and UK students, faculty and staff, outlines the locations
of such new developments as proposed residence halls,
potential new parking structures and new buildings
for several colleges, including law and business.
The plan proposes taking a new Virginia Avenue boulevard
through campus and closing the south end of Rose Street
near its intersection with South Limestone.
The plan shows the campus can accommodate as many
new structures on its current land site as the number
of buildings that exist today. Modern, bricked intersections
at Rose Street and the Avenue of Champions as well
as Limestone and the Avenue of Champions are envisioned
in the master plan.
The UK Student Center would grow considerably under
the plan. An extension is proposed for the Student
Center's parking lot facing the Avenue of Champions
as well as "filling" the current walkway
between the two student center buildings with usable
UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. told UK board members
the plan "will guide the university's physical
development for the next 10 or 20 years." The
plan "provides the framework for the university
to manage growth in an orderly and efficient manner
and to respond to changes effectively," the president
UK Architect Warren Denny, who coordinated the Ayers/Saint/Gross
research and planning work, said one important distinction
between the new plan and plans of the past is that
the 2002 plan is more "needs oriented."
"Growth has been projected by working with each
component of the university community to determine
the space needed in order to respond to future challenges," Denny said.
Denny added that the new plan incorporated community
input more effectively, especially input from the
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The college-town
study, he noted, was a joint project of UK and the
"Finally," Denny added, "the plan
looks at ways to better meet student needs and proposes
new student housing and support facilities integrated
with open space and teaching space."
Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear a
detailed presentation of the campus master plan beginning
at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Small Ballroom
of the UK Student Center.
the campus plan, click
In other action today, the UK Board of Trustees:
-- Approved a new master of architecture program
that combines the bachelor of arts in architecture
degree and a master of architecture degree program
in the new College of Design (formerly the College
of Architecture). The new program establishes a four-plus-two
professional degree program consisting of a four-year,
undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in architecture degree
followed by a two-year graduate master of architecture
-- Named Terry Mobley the university's first vice
president for development. For more information, click
-- Accepted a pledge of $1 million from Mountain
Enterprises Inc. of Lexington to create and endow
the Lawson Endowment Fund. The fund will provide $250,000
to endow the Lawson Professorship in the Department
of Civil Engineering and $650,000 for the Lawson Endowment
for Asphalt Research in the Department of Civil Engineering,
both in the College of Engineering, and $100,000 for
the Lawson Endowment in the UK Center for Research
on Violence Against Women. Mountain Enterprises Inc.
was founded more than 30 years ago by Leonard Lawson,
a prominent highway contractor in Kentucky.
-- Named Wendy Baldwin as executive director of the
UK Research Foundation. Baldwin was recently approved
as UK's new vice president for research.