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UK Board Gets First Look
at Comprehensive Campus Plan

By Ralph Derickson

Click here to view images of today's campus and the proposal for future growth.

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The plan "will guide the university's physical development for the next 10 or 20 years... (and) provides the framework for the university to manage growth in an orderly and efficient manner and to respond to changes effectively."

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky

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Lexington, 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 planning firm.

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 office space.

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 said.

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 city.

"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.

To view the campus plan, click here.

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 degree.

-- Named Terry Mobley the university's first vice president for development. For more information, click here.

-- 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.

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