Demolition of Bowman’s Den begins


Bowman’s Den being torn down in response to opening of new Student Center.

Sydney Momeyer

In response to the erection of the new $200 million Student Center, UK has begun efforts to tear Bowman’s Den down.

Bowman’s Den was constructed in 2015 to serve as a replacement student center on UK’s north campus off Avenue of Champions as the new student center was being built.

The building contained a Starbucks, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Greens to Go and Panda Express, along with offices such as the Wildcard ID Office and the UK Dining Office. These restaurants, as well as the offices once located in Bowman’s Den will now be in the newly constructed Student Center, located right next door to where Bowman’s Den once stood.

According to UK Spokesperson Jay Blanton, demolition of the interim student center began May 31. As of June 11, the work on Bowman’s Den continues and according to Blanton, the removal of the building is nearly finished.

Along with tearing the building down, workers will be removing the concrete pad below the building, put in an irrigation system and plant sod.

“The Bowman’s site will be restored to grassy area by August,” Blanton said.