Faculty, Students Get Up To Speed On UK Master Plan

Nov 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky faculty, staff, and students heard the results of the latest My Campus Life Survey Thursday, along with an update on the review of the university’s Master Plan.

Representatives from Sasaki Associates, a group working on the Master Plan update, were careful to warn that the ideas presented Thursday are in the preliminary stages. The group will continue meetings with students, employees, and surrounding neighborhoods as it charts the way forward for UK over the next 5 to 10 years.

In the most recent My Campus Life Survey, students listed dining and residence halls as some of their top concerns, while both employees and neighborhood residents mentioned pedestrian safety and traffic among their priorities. Andy McClurg is the transportation planner for Sasaki. He says right now the group hopes to make Rose Street in particular more pedestrian friendly.

"So it's a matter of balancing the opportunities for creating a really special, sort of cloistered campus environment with the needs of the city around it," he says.

Another idea raised at the meeting: the creation of a second student center around the southeastern part of campus to allow amenities to be more evenly distributed on campus. The group will have more concrete suggestions to bring before the campus community early next year.