Bulldozers shape the ground. Cranes tower toward the blue.
Steel beams are welded together. Windows are fitted into place.
In 2014, we outlined our aspirations as a flagship research university in an ambitious campus master plan, including the creation of a new hub of education and research that addresses urgent needs and positions the university for excellence for decades to come.
That vision is now taking physical shape as construction proceeds in the Central District.
“When you look at the Central District site, it’s easy to get lost in the size of the project,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says. “But remember that this project is not about a physical building. Rather, it is about the students who will study, learn, and collaborate within the walls of these buildings so they can become leaders in their fields. It’s about the faculty and staff who will educate these students and make discoveries that save lives, grow the economy, and improve the world. And it’s about everyone in the KU community who helps us fulfill our mission through their work, each and every day.”
The Integrated Science Building is the cornerstone of the Central District.
With 280,000 square feet, it will be devoted to interdisciplinary teaching and research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences, and related fields.
The new classrooms will let our students find new ways of interacting with instructors and peers and integrate their course work with cutting-edge research activity.
The state-of-the-art facility will allow our researchers to spawn new ideas across disciplines and be an anchoring point for collaboration among KU’s research centers and campuses.
The research and learning that happen here will help us recruit new scholars, pursue new funding opportunities, foster technology-based startups, and enhance the national visibility of KU.
Other features of the Central District
A new residence hall opening in fall 2017 will be home to 545 students. A new dining center will connect it with the existing Oliver Hall.
An apartment complex that offers private bedrooms and bathrooms in four-person or two-person units will open in summer 2018.
A new student union, replacing the Burge Union, will contain 30,000 square feet of space to support students, faculty, and staff with service offices and study space. New conference space will expand KU’s ability to host events on campus. It will open in summer 2018.
A parking garage supports additional parking demand in the Central District. It opened early this year.
A central utility plant will provide support for these new facilities and other areas of campus. It will be completed in summer 2018.