Capilouto announces dorm construction plan

President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday the framework for a multi-year campus building and renewal project at the Board of Trustees meeting.

The project includes a more than $30 million residence hall that is planned to open in 2013. It will be built on the sports field next to Haggin Hall.

“We’re taking the first steps,” Capilouto said to the trustees.

Phase One of the project is to have 600 beds by the fall of 2013, Capilouto said. The residence halls will include honors and innovative learning programs.

From fall 2013 to fall 2021, the university plans to open residence halls that will include up to 9,000 modern beds, and invest $400 to $500 million in academic, research and student support facilities.

The Housing Request for Proposal is to be issued Wednesday, and it will identify private partners with financial strengths and experience, Capilouto said. The RFP for housing will fund the project.

The proposal comes just three weeks after the Board of Trustees retreat, where members discussed the urgent needs of rebuilding campus.

“We’re all about focusing on the students,” Capilouto said.

Capilouto said he hopes campus responds positively. He said it took many people to come together to create the project.

“In 10 years, students will be coming to the University of Kentucky not expecting to live in Blanding or Kirwan,” Micah Fielden, Student Government president and trustee, said.