Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Friday at new residence halls
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2013) — Some 400 construction workers joined University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, representatives of developer EdR, general contractor Messer Construction, architects Sherman Carter Barnhart, and subcontractors for an outdoor breakfast Monday morning on the lawn across from the brand new Central Hall I and Central Hall II living and learning facilities on the UK campus.
“I am very grateful to the entire team of people who have turned this vision into reality in a period of some 18 months,” Capilouto said. “For these last several weeks, the talented men and women constructing these marvelous additions to our campus have worked with precision seven days a week, 10 hours a day, a record-breaking pace, so that our students will get to enjoy an incredible living and learning experience beginning this semester.”’
In addition to Central I and II, Messer currently is involved in several other campus building projects, including more new residence halls which are scheduled to come online in 2014-15.
Speaking on behalf of the team of builders and craftsmen working on Central I and II, Keenan Weir, a Messer construction superintendent with more than 30 years of local experience, said, “It’s been a fun and challenging job. It’s very rewarding to see it all come together so beautifully. This is a place that UK students are really going to enjoy being a part of.”
Weir added, “Being that this is for UK, we all will take extra pride in showing this project to our loved ones, especially our children and grandchildren.”
These two residence halls will house a total of 601 students and will serve as the new home for UK’s Honors program. The new construction is being financed through EdR’s On-Campus Equity Plan for UK and uses no state tax dollars. A ribbon cutting for Central I and II will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16.