UK Set For Next Round Of Construction

Oct 11, 2013

The University of Kentucky is ready for the next phase of its ambitious construction projects on the Lexington campus.

Ground will be broken Friday on UK's new Gatton School of Business and Economics
Ground will be broken Friday on UK's new Gatton School of Business and Economics
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The state's flagship school is set to reveal architectural plans today for the expansion and renovation of its Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Gatton Dean David Blackwell says the new building will be a true living and learning community.

"We are building in group study rooms, lots of lounge and seating areas, and individual study areas, we're enabling the building with the latest and greatest technology and wireless capability, and we're also putting in some student amenities like a nice cafe.  The idea is we want students to live and learn in our building, not just come, go to class and then go home."

UK is in the midst of construction work totaling more than $500 million that's either under way or approved to start within the next year.

The projects also include new dorms and a new academic sciences building. Commonwealth Stadium also is in line for renovation.

The construction comes amid rising enrollment at UK.

UK President Eli Capilouto says the school still needs to upgrade other campus buildings that are "woefully out of date." He points to the law school as one example.

Dean Blackwell talks about the Gatton groundbreaking on this week's UK Perspectives.