New High-Tech Residence Halls Unveiled At UK
LEXINGTON, Ky--The ribbon is cut and the new residence halls are ready for UK students to move in next week. The $25.8 million, 172,064 square-feet Central Hall I and II will house 601 students, faculty and staff associated with the UK Honors Program. It is being called the most modern university living communities in America.
"We gather today to commemorate the first of many new villages at UK created by a village of innovators, risk takers and dreamers who sought a new way to build," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "Not just the most modern place for people to live, but the most modern places for them to learn ― to learn with each other, from each other, and from the best scholars."
Academics were a primary focus in the construction of the facilities with modern flair that appeals to today’s students being considered in the planning. Some of the highlights are: Tempur-Pedic mattresses, Wi-Fi, microwave-fridge combination units, high-tech study areas, a communal kitchen, study and classroom areas and meeting spaces.
One feature has particularly impressed parents and students alike ― laundry facilities that will alert students to machine availability and status of their wash load through their computer or cell phone.
"These new residence halls speak to the dedication this university has shown and will continue to show towards fulfilling the Kentucky promise,” said Roshan Palli, UK Student Government president. “The students, staff, faculty, and administration of UK have all bought into the idea of see blue ― that it is more than image or rhetoric, but a culture of change and progress for the betterment of our Commonwealth."
Central Hall I and II, and future residence halls, are targeted to meet stringent Silver LEED standards with geothermal heating and cooling technology and featuring an overabundance of bike racks to encourage sustainable living.
The twin residence halls represent $15.5 million (74 percent) in Kentucky expenditures and $5.3 million in out of state expenditures. Kentucky sales tax revenue is projected to total $399,943. The total new housing construction project is estimated at $133.7 million with 2,328 direct workers, 1,580 indirect workers and projected Kentucky sales tax revenues totaling $2.24 million.
While the total project’s goal was to include 10 percent of its contracts awarded to subcontractors/suppliers from women-owned and minority-owned businesses, currently 15.46 percent of awarded contracts are already committed to businesses owned by minorities or women.