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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2004)

  • The architect of record is James W. Potts and Associates of Lexington; the design architect is Kliment-Halsband Architects of New York City; Messer Construction Company, of Lexington, is the construction manager.
  • The total cost of the project is $17,350,000.00.
  • Building square footage before the fire was approximately 30,700 with wide hallways and "chopped-up" offices made from large rooms.
  • The new building added a full fourth floor and useable penthouse (fifth floor) and now has 43,243 square feet, plus two balconies.
  • The renovated structure meets all current building and life safety codes, and is constructed to accommodate current communications technology.
  • The facility is connected to the campus central heating and air conditioning system and the central utility management system, via a utility tunnel to the Patterson Office Tower building.
  • The exterior walls of the original building have been salvaged to provide a historically significant enclosure for an administrative facility meeting current standards for office design.
  • The roof is lead coated, standing seam copper.
  • The copper pilaster caps were hand crafted to resemble the caps on the original building. (By Midland Engineering)
  • Original cast iron columns relocated in new Public Room. (These were used in a decorative manner to support a light frame over the podium).
  • The old building essentially had its back to the main campus. The new design now shows a hospitable side to the entire campus.
  • Smart classrooms and public conference rooms were added to encourage use of the building by students. The Visitor's Center, formerly located in the Student Center addition, has been moved to the plaza level of the Main Building.
  • The smart classrooms are designed for the latest teaching-aid technology.
  • TV stations will be able to connect to pre-wired cable at curbside which will make for easier remote transmission from Public Room during news conferences.
  • Skylight and interior borrowed light windows provide natural lighting to most interior spaces in the building.
  • The grade around the building was lowered to the original grade in front (about 2 feet) and about 4 feet in rear for a walk-out level to the plaza.   
  • The new roof ridge is exactly the same elevation as the original roof line.

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