The next stage of the University of Kentucky’s residence hall expansion opens Saturday. The new Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall — on the corner of South Limestone and Avenue of Champions — will add 1,141 beds for students.
The two $84 million dorms are part of a $460 million building boom to house more students on UK’s campus. UK and EdR, a private campus construction company, entered into a partnership in which EdR pays for construction of the dorms and shares rental revenue with UK.
The first $25 million phase included two new dorms near W.T. Young Library, which opened in 2013. The second phase included two new dorms on Avenue of Champions and two more at the old Cooperstown complex.
Three more opened at that Cooperstown site last fall.
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So far, EdR has spent roughly $348 million building residence halls at UK. Next up is new graduate housing near Kirwan-Blanding and a new honors dorm on Hilltop Drive.
UK held an open house for the newest residence halls Tuesday afternoon, complete with a limited supply of sample milkshakes from the new Steak ‘n Shake scheduled to open in the ground floor of Holmes Hall next week.
Holmes Hall will contain two “living-learning communities, ” one for for the creative arts students and the other for “LexEngaged,” a program through the College of Arts and Sciences to connect students with the Lexington community.