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$615 million.

It's a big number.

It's the amount in construction projects undertaken in the last two years or about to begin on the University of Kentucky campus.

More importantly, it underscores the commitment UK has made to constructing state-of-the-art, high-tech living, learning and research spaces to propel the work of students, faculty and staff.

Consider just a few of the projects:

  • Over the next two years, some $265 million is being spent on 4,000 residence hall beds throughout the campus. It's the next phase of the largest residence hall revitalization campaign in all of public higher education. UK's $500 million public-private partnership to build the best residence halls in the country has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and publications across the country.

  • $65 million to renovate and expand the Gatton College of Business & Economics into one of the country's premier Business schools. Technology-infused classrooms, a simulated trading floor, conference center are just a few of the additions to this project, which is completely funded through private donations.

  • $100 million for a Science Academic Building in the heart of campus that will house some UK's premier researchers in the sciences and allow students to work closely with world-renowned faculty. Nearly two-thirds of the building -- $65 million -- is being paid for by UK Athletics, an unprecedented partnership between athletics and academics on a campus community that is unified in its focus on students.

  • $110 million for a renovated Commonwealth Football Stadium. Paid for privately, the renovation will include significant upgrades to concessions and other amenities including luxury suites and club seating.

$615 million.

It's a big number.

It's a big commitment to students and their success.

By the way, we're just getting started.