The University of Kansas is transforming its Central District into a new hub of education and research so we can expand our mission as a flagship research university. This once-in-a-generation project addresses immediate infrastructure needs and positions the university for excellence for decades to come.
The focal point of the Central District is the new Integrated Science Building, which will comprise 280,000 square feet of space for teaching, learning and interdisciplinary research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields. For our students, this means new classrooms, new ways of interacting with instructors and classmates, and close integration of their undergraduate studies with cutting-edge research activity. For our researchers, it means a state-of-the-art facility designed to spawn multidisciplinary research and be an anchoring point for collaboration among KU’s research centers and campuses.
The Central District also includes new student housing, parking, a student union, and a utility plant, which together will improve the living and learning environment for our students and provide tremendous new resources to our faculty and staff.
The project is being financed without any additional state funding through a public-private partnership with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate.