Scheduled to open in fall 2016
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, together with its design and construction partners, JRA Architects and Messer, hosted a “topping off ceremony” yesterday to mark the securing of the last and uppermost beam atop the new Academic Science Building (ASB). The ceremony signifies completion of the structural phase of the three-story, $112 million project.
“This is an exciting step for undergraduate education and research for the college and for the university,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Lawrence Kornbluh said. “This building is going to be transformative for teaching science on this campus. It will be a place where every student on campus will take their science classes; where every student who is a STEM major will spend time doing and experiencing science.”
Construction began in fall 2014. Scheduled to open in fall 2016, the building’s design places integrated, engaged learning as its centerpiece.
The ASB project will be a three story laboratory building located on the 600 block of Rose Street between Hilltop Avenue and Huguelet Street. Including the partial basement and the penthouse space above the third floor, the building will have a floor area of approximately 240,000 square feet.
Plans for the upcoming ASB emphasize environmental responsibility, utilizing natural light, outdoor teaching areas and rainwater recycling. But the value of the ASB’s design extends far beyond its construction — the innovative lecture halls and classrooms inside will help the College of Arts and Sciences realize its vision of improving science education through exciting new models of engaged in-class teaching. The teaching space in the ASB will be composed of next-generation lecture halls and groundbreaking TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) classrooms.