EKU planning $83 million education complex

jwarren@herald-leader.comNovember 11, 2013 

Eastern Kentucky University is planning an $83 million complex to integrate its College of Education and the P-13 Model Laboratory School.

The 279,000-square-foot complex would be at Lancaster Avenue and the Eastern Bypass, and it would be one of the first buildings visitors see as they approach the campus from the west, EKU President Michael Benson said in a statement.

Plans are preliminary, and details of financing and building the new complex have not been fleshed out, EKU officials said.

Completing the second phase of EKU's new science building remains the university's top construction priority, Eastern spokesman Marc Whitt said. The new education complex would be the second priority.

The education center would replace Eastern's Donovan complex, which was built in 1961. Model students would continue to attend classes there while the education center is built, the university said.

Benson said that physically joining Model and the EKU College of Education would create a state-of-the-art teacher preparation program and would develop 21st-century skills for Model students.

The laboratory school is operated by EKU.

"Our teacher education program has been at the heart of this university for over 100 years," Benson said. "This new complex will allow us to prepare the next generation for rapid changes in the field of education."

The new joint complex would be intended to last 50 years, Benson said.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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