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UK/CoD announces renovation plans for Pence Hall

October 7, 2013   |  

On the eve of its 105th birthday, Pence Hall is getting a facelift.
Pence Hall, the center of the University of Kentucky College of Design, will undergo a series of renovations, including a revitalized lobby, a new dean’s suite and conference suite, and reconfigured staff areas.
“The University of Kentucky is undergoing a focused revitalization of our campus,” said university President Eli Capilouto. “A path we have chosen because of its ability to dramatically transform the way we educate our students, support our faculty, and serve our community.”
Slated to begin in the fall of 2013, the renovations will occur in three phases, spread out over two years, and will significantly improve the appearance and functionality of the College’s center.
Funding for the improvements will come from the College’s budgetary surplus and private gifts.
“In our consumer-driven culture, there is an increased importance placed on the book cover,” said College of Design Interim Dean Ann Whiteside-Dickson. “Judgements are made about how we look and command attention as we aim to attract the best and brightest students as well as the next Dean.”
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