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UK and Lexington Communities Invited to New Residence Hall Open House

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2014) — The campus community — and broader Lexington community — are invited on Thursday, Aug. 14, to tour one of the newest additions to the University of Kentucky's continued campus transformation.

From 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14, the community can tour Champions Court I residence hall on Avenue of Champions, next to Memorial Coliseum. Champions Court I  — includes 740 beds, along with a high-tech classroom and community space. Champions Court II includes 427 beds. The new complex will officially open for the fall semester along with the new Haggin Hall and Woodland Glen I and II. 

The Champions Court complex also will be home to Common Grounds Coffee Shop; Haggin Hall will be home to the new K-Lair dining facility, long a popular destination for students.

The housing revitalization plan, conducted with private partner EdR, is the largest such effort in all of public higher education. The initiative may ultimately include up to a $500 million investment by EdR to build up to 9,000 new residence hall beds on the UK campus. UK currently is underway with, or about to begin, some $1 billion in infrastructure investment throughout the campus. All but $35 million of that is self-financed by the university.

The timeline for the public-private housing partnership thus far includes: 

  • Phase 1: 601 beds in Central Halls I and II, a $25.2 million investment, opened in fall 2013
  • Phase 2-A: 2,381 beds in the new Haggin Hall, Woodland Glen I and II, Champions Court I and II, a $138 million investment opens fall 2014
  • Phase 2-B: 1,610 beds in Woodland Glen III, IV, and V a $101.2 million investment, will open fall 2015
  • Limestone Park I and II ―the 1,141 bed, $83.9 million investment ― will open in fall 2016 on UK's north campus.

With this latest investment by UK partner EdR, the university will have constructed 5,733 new modern residence hall beds since 2013 ― a private equity investment on the campus and in the community of $348.3 million.