When University of Kentucky students start moving in next week, about 1,600 of them will settle into newly built digs.
The last landscaping is going on around three massive new dorms: Woodland Glen III, IV and V. They join Woodland I and II, tucked between Woodland Avenue and UK's track and field stadium.
Each unit in the dorms has two private bedrooms with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, a common eating area and one bathroom; UK has given up on shared bedrooms, noting that 93 percent of its students have never shared a bedroom in their lives.
The new residence halls line a winding green space, where many huge sycamore and oak trees give the feel of a much older and more traditional campus.
"We were very intentional about saving the old trees," said Penny Cox, UK's director of housing implementation.
Many of the dorms feature original artwork from Kentucky artists. They also have multiple "smart" classrooms for "living learning communities" within the dorms. For example, Woodland Glen III houses the engineering community, which means 600 engineering students can interact with faculty and one another in the dorm. Woodland Glen IV will feature a science and technology program, and Woodland V will house a health care community.
The new dorms are the latest product of a deal between UK and EdR, a private development company that spent about $101 million building the three new dorms. Next year, an additional 1,000 beds will open at South Limestone and Avenue of Champions.