Campus Renovation and Revitalization Efforts
The recapturing and reimagining of Reynolds will:
- Consolidate the College of Design units into one complex. It currently is spread across several buildings. A single complex will foster collaboration and improve instruction
- Improve and enhance a historic structure along a key transportation corridor into the city
- Enable the college to grow its student population and contemplate new programs and majors directly responsive to workforce needs in the state
- Align with larger institutional goals to increase the number of graduates and expand service and research efforts
How will the vacated space be used?
- Pence Hall will be reprogrammed to address part of the space shortage across the campus core. The facility has not been programmed yet.
What will be changed about the building?
- The facility is still in a terrible condition, and it will take a lot to transform it. At the time, we simply felt the best option for the Fine Arts Visual Studies Department was the building on Bolivar, which has proven to be a great space for student instruction and success. Now, as we envision the next 2-5 years, we are taking a second look at the Reynolds Building.
- Recapturing and reimagining a historic structure meets one of our key goals in campus transformation efforts: extending the life, where possible, of historic structures
- Its location near the heart of the city and along what is now a major entry point into the city increases its value and central importance to both UK and the community.