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7:56 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Trustees OK Plan To Construct 5 New Dorms At UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky Board of Trustees over the weekend authorized the next phase of construction for student dorms.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports the agreement clears the way for private developer, Education Realty Trust, to build and manage five new residence halls on four sites. The cost for a total of 2,317 modern beds would be $133.7 million.

University officials say it is the largest campus expansion in school history.

Construction is already under way for a new $25.2 million dorm next to Haggin Hall near the William T. Young Library.

At the board’s annual retreat, members also approved six goals or primary priorities for President Eli Capilouto.  They include:

1. A continued emphasis on undergraduate education and infrastructure

2. Better faculty and staff recruitment and retention

3. Strong environment for research

4. Creative scholarship and graduate education

5. A new budget model;

6. Plans for online education, and a master plan for the campus and beyond.