A facelift on the University of Kentucky's campus. The school broke ground today at Hagin Field on the first of many new dorms. "I think this is the boldest housing initiative in higher education today," explains UK president Dr. Eli Capilouto, "it reaffirms that the University of Kentucky puts students first."
President Capilouto along with community leaders, students and faculty were on hand for the big event. The ground breaking marks the first phase one of this multi-phase project. "This is just one aspect of fulfilling 'the Kentucky Promise' an initiative to revitalize campus and enhance education."
The 601 bed- community will include classrooms, meeting spaces and state of the art technology. "This modern living learning space that will build community within a large community. It will be the place where ideas and discoveries will be birthed."
"What we are looking at is not just two facilities, it's an expansion that'll go across campus," explains student body president Micah Fielden, "I've said it's a great day to be a sixth grader in the Commonwealth because these kids will be coming here and they are going to have literally the best campus they could have across the nation."
The new residence hall is projected to be complete by Fall 2013. When all phases are done UK will be among the first major education institutions to turn all of its student housing over to a private company.