University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto is moving forward with plans to renovate and build new facilities on campus. A framework for the multi-year project already exists. UK trustees were surprised Tuesday by the pace of progress. The plan presented by President Capilouto proposes, among other things, the construction of a $30-million dollar residence hall to open in 2013, a plan to solicit ideas from private developers, and the installation of up to 9000 new residence hall beds.
Capilouto said the first phase of project focuses on the most pressing needs of students.
"Something that struck me from the first day I stepped foot on this campus: we're a students first university. And it took a lot of people to come together to develop the plan we're going to move forward on," he said.
Capilouto's team also envisions additional academic, research, and student support buildings costing somewhere between $400 and $500 million dollars and infrastructure improvements for UK HealthCare and athletics.