A transformation 

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.


From the Chancellor

"I’ve spoken often about our mission and our aspirations to be recognized among the nation’s top public research universities. The Central District gives us the resources to continue that mission and achieve those aspirations like never before."

Douglas A. Girod

Construction timeline

Completion dates for each of the Central District's six key components are as follows:

Spring 2017 - Parking garage
Summer 2017 - Downs Residence Hall, South Dining Commons
Spring 2018 - Burge Union
Summer 2018 - Integrated Science Building
Summer 2018 - Stouffer Place Apartments
Summer 2018 - Central utility plant

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