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Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall Open Their Doors to the Community


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2016) — Two new residence halls located at the corner of South Limestone and Avenue of Champions will open their doors today. Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall are part of a nearly $2.1 billion campus transformation — a project that includes new residence halls, classrooms, research facilities, dining facilities and athletic venues.

The community is invited to attend a reception in Holmes Hall and tour Boyd Hall from 4-6 p.m. today (Tuesday), Aug. 9. 

Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall will add more than 1,500 beds to the more than 5,200 built within the last four years — a project made possible through UK's public-private partnership with Education Realty Trust (EdR).

Holmes Hall will be home to 645 residents throughout seven floors. Students will reside in two-bedroom suites, in which each students has his or her own private bedroom. Holmes Hall will also house two Living Learning Programs (LLP) — the Creative Arts Residential College and the LEXengaged Community. A full list of LLPs can be found here.

Boyd Hall will be home to nearly 500 residents throughout seven floors. Students in this residence hall will live in a two-bedroom deluxe suite or a four-bedroom suite.

Both residence halls will provide common areas designed to build community, study spaces and classrooms to allow students to learn where they live.

"Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall are part of a campus transformation that is changing more than our landscape and physical space, it's changing the way we educate students at the University of Kentucky and prepare them for life beyond our campus," said President Eli Capilouto. "While these spaces will provide vibrant, 21st century living-learning communities, the names that adorn our new residence halls honor the history of two significant women who were deeply committed to student success in their time."

The opening of Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall complete Phase II of the UK's housing transformation.

Phase III will progress accordingly:

  • Phase III-A: University Flats

o   To be completed in August 2017

o   771 upperclass, professional and graduate student beds

o   $74 million investment

  • Phase III-B: Lewis Honors College

o   To be completed fall 2017

o   346 beds and home to the new Lewis Honors College

o   $37.1 investment

Parking for guests attending the open house is availabe in the South Limestone parking garage (Parking Structure #5).

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