“It is time to build with our eyes fixed firmly on honoring the promise, to which we – and those whose efforts laid the foundation of this institution – are all committed.”
President Eli Capilouto, University Investiture Ceremony, October 18, 2011
The University of Kentucky is in the midst of a dramatic campus transformation. The institution has self-financed more than $1 billion in ongoing and approved capital construction to rapidly enhance and expand a quality living/learning experience on the University campus.
Under President Capilouto’s leadership, the University engaged in an innovative public/private partnership to revitalize the core of campus and create modern living/learning communities. By 2016, twelve residential facilities across campus will add more than 5,700 beds and 200 active learning spaces. Each building will target LEED-silver certification. Thus far, the estimated $348 million investment – more than two-thirds of the projected $500 million partnership – will transform the way we house, educate and mentor our students.
Central Hall I & II
19 Active Learning Spaces
Opened August 2013
Champions Court I & II
53 Active Learning Spaces
Opening August 2014
Woodland Glen I & II
33 Active Learning Spaces
Opening August 2014
15 Active Learning Spaces
Opening August 2014
Woodland Glen III, IV & V
55 Active Learning Spaces
Opening August 2015
Limestone Park I & II
25 Active Learning Spaces
Opening August 2016
The investment in our residential housing spaces will create an estimated 9,399 direct and indirect jobs and $10.2 million in state and local tax revenue. But our campus is more than bricks and mortar, it is the people and programs that live within these new spaces. Our housing investment will allow for an expansion in UK's living-learning programs. By August 2014, we will open 17 living-learning programs ranging from academic topics in communications and health care to engineering and fine arts. We do this because our internal research shows that students living on campus succeed at higher rates than those living off campus.
In addition to the investment in the student living/learning experience, the University is self-financing several capital projects essential to its academic and financial future:
Gatton College of Business and Economics
$65 million renovated and expanded Gatton College of Business and Economics supported by donors with private philanthropy. The expansion will allow for smart growth in our student and faculty population, as well as technology-rich teaching resources and community spaces designed to foster collaborative learning and development.
Academic Science Building
$100 million Academic Science Building financed, in-part, through a $65 million partnership with UK Athletics. That rare level of collaboration between athletics and academics will bring forth a multi-disciplinary teaching and research science facility capable of providing a modern STEM education.
Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Training Center
$110 million revitalized Commonwealth Stadium funded with Athletics revenue. The project will modernize the facility, improve the fan experience and support our student-athletes. A renewed Commonwealth Stadium will make sure one of the nation’s top collegiate athletic programs will remain a self-sustaining entity equally invested in the University’s future. In addition, Athletics will undertake a $45 million expansion of the Nutter Training Center and Field House with the support of private donors. The new training center will be the academic and athletic hub for our football team. By relocating the primary services of the training center closer to the field house and football stadium, student-athletes will have more convenient and centralized access to a myriad of support services.
College of Fine Arts and School of Art and Visual Studies
$20 million in several projects to relocate, renovate and renew facilities in the College of Fine Arts.
UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A
Since opening the first two patient care floors in Pavilion A of the new Patient Care Facility, UK HealthCare has continued to experience strong patient demand for the delivery of its hospital system operations. The volume increase has placed substantial capacity constraints, requiring the continued fit-out of Pavilion A. The Board of Trustees approved a $150 million capital project to fit-up two additional floors, replace a 52-year old cafeteria, and relocate the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and MRI, among other investments. The project will be paid for with clinical revenue.