State-of-the-art UK dorms to open Saturday

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Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - Students will first step foot into Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall Saturday morning.

The two new residence halls house nearly 12 hundred beds, each providing state of the art features.

Boyd Hall takes up nearly 200 thousand square feet of the campus. The dorm will have many nice features including: 10 study rooms, five kitchens, a classroom and laundry area.

Holmes Hall is even bigger. It covers nearly 250 thousand square feet. It has 11 study rooms, 8 creative art studios, 5 kitchens, an active learning space and a laundry area.

Both halls have several spacious lounge areas and provide spectacular views of the UK Campus.

Building designers say each hall is unique in its own way.

"Each building has its own personality," says James Kenner, VP of Design for EDR. "It's very distinctive, no two buildings are alike. The design of each building is very different, from more of a transitional look to more of a contemporary look."

University leaders say these brand new dorms will give students a great experience and will help them through their journey at UK.

"We believe that living on campus in the living learning program provides greater opportunity for students in their GPA and in retention for graduation," Penny Cox, Director of the Housing Project Implementation.

The cost of the two building is $84 million. They'll be move in ready starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

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