University of Kentucky Unveils Plans for New Residence Hall

Dec 12, 2012

LEXINGTON,Ky. - Plans for the University of Kentucky's newest residence hall went on public display for the first time in the Student Center on Wednesday.

The hall, known as New Central Honors Housing, is the result of a public-private partnership between UK and Memphis-based EdR.   It will have a capacity of 601, and is primarily intended for freshman honors students.  According to EdR Chief Investment Officer Thomas Trubiana, the facility will also have a variety of features that make it a true "living-learning community." 

“There are study rooms, two at the end of each floor for active study.   We actually have classrooms for educational purposes down on the lower floor, places also for recreation, so it’s truly live learn.  It’s not just a dorm or a residence hall.”

Trubiana goes on to explain that these areas will have modern additions such as  SMART boards in the study lounges, granite countertops in the kitchens, and microfridges in the bedrooms. 

Future hall director Nikki Crawford expressed excitement about the facility, saying that "It’s going to be a fun space.  A lot of open spaces for students to really get together, learn and also do the learning, but also the outside the classroom, the bonding, and that’s very important in education.”

New Central Honors Housing, which will be located at the corner of University and Huguelet Drive, is scheduled to open in June of 2013.