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New Residence Halls to Be Built

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Photo of UK President Lee Todd (center), UK Board of Trustees and other University officials breaking ground on the four new residence halls.
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UK President Lee Todd (center), UK Board of Trustees and other University officials break ground on the four new residence halls that will be built on campus. The new halls will be ready for occupancy in fall 2005.

Artist's rendering of new Norh Campus residence halls.
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North Campus

Artist's rendering of new South Campus residence halls.
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South Campus

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2003) -- University of Kentucky officials today broke ground on four new student residence halls that will house a total of 684 students. These are the first new student housing facilities to be built on UK’s campus since Greg Page Apartments were built in 1979. The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on South Campus, behind the Kirwan-Blanding Complex.

Financed through university housing and dining bonds, the new residence halls will be built at an estimated cost of $46 million.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said the new residence halls are the university’s response to an increased demand for on-campus housing. He added the new facilities will help the university continue to attract and retain high caliber students.

“As our enrollment numbers continue to climb, so does the demand from our students for on-campus housing,” Todd said. “Today’s students are interested in the full college experience and living on campus is part of that.”

With a total of 160,000 square feet, three of the new halls to be located on South Campus will house 180 students each. The fourth new residence hall will be located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It will have a total of 53,000 square feet and house 144 students. The new facilities will each include one faculty office and one classroom. There will be faculty apartments in two of the facilities.

Construction of the new halls is expected to be completed and the buildings ready for occupancy by fall 2005.


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