The Cornerstone property will allow UK to provide much-needed additional parking capacity on the north side of campus, by expanding parking structure 5 to include more than 900 new spaces. These additional parking spaces will further improve mobility to, from, and around campus for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
In addition, the ground floor of this expanded mixed-use facility will provide space to further enhance the north side of our campus. For instance, we are exploring how we might house innovation space and private retail space—the kind of venues that we know enhance community and belonging for our campus. The ground floor mix, which will be determined in the coming months, could include 15,000-25,000 square feet for:
- Mixed-use retail space, which could include a full-service restaurant and bar,
- Office and support space for UK faculty and staff, and
- Innovation space that could house an app development technology partnership and/or an e-sports initiative and program for students.
A multi-story external media wall will also enhance the university’s smart-campus efforts.
The innovation space we expect to develop is particularly exciting. Already, our students, faculty and staff are collaborating, creating and operating on the cutting-edge of technology development. This innovation hub would anchor our role at the intersection of creativity and technology.
That’s what facilities enable us to do—support and grow the important work already occurring on our campus.
As part of strategic efforts to leverage technology to maximize student success and build community, the University of Kentucky today announced a partnership with the global Esports company Gen.G to build a first-of-its-kind global gaming and Esports program.
The collaboration is being jointly led by two UK offices: Student and Academic Life and Information Technology Services.
A growing number of universities across the country are exploring Esports teams and clubs. Today’s announcement, a formalized partnership that the university has developed through its multimedia rights holder JMI Sports, promises strategically distinctive steps beyond Esports as purely a competitive platform