If you have been on campus recently, you know how much it has changed in the last couple of years. And, believe it or not, more changes are coming our way! Just a couple of days ago the Board of Trustees approved the next phase of student housing construction. Phase II of this plan to expand and modernize student housing will develop three additional residence halls with 1,610 undergraduate beds at the Cooperstown site by August 2015. After these three resident halls are built, in addition to the new halls currently being built, the grand total of modern student accommodations will be 4,592.
Recognizing that the average age of UK’s current student housing is 45 years, UK President Eli Capilouto said, “This public private partnership has allowed the university to fulfill our promise of modern student housing in an astoundingly brief time frame while also reserving our debt capacity for other projects to modernize our classrooms.
“Not only will the student experience at the University of Kentucky be transformed, but the impact on our state and local economies is not to be underestimated. The university’s growth is not happening at the expense of Kentucky, but at its enrichment.”
Although it is bittersweet to see familiar, old structures being razed, it is exciting to watch the construction of fresh, new residence halls. We are sure that the memories made by students at the new residence halls will be just as great as the memories made by our alumni at the old residence halls. Have you been back to campus recently? What do you think of the “change of scenery?”
Information from UK PR & Marketing