A transformation

The development of the Central District into a new hub of research and education on the campus of the University of Kansas addresses immediate needs and positions KU to address the challenges of the future. This project will not only transform our physical space, but will fundamentally change the way research and education is done at KU.

Through a public-private partnership with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, projects like a new Integrated Science Building will replace aging facilities and will help serve STEM fields that are seeing increased enrollments. A new residence hall and student apartment building will add more space to accommodate five straight years of freshman class growth. And a new student union will provide conference and office space for students and a variety of university functions.

The university as a whole will see the benefits from this work for decades to come.

Learn more about the project       Construction webcam (north)     Construction webcam (south)

Topping Out Ceremony

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little hosted a “topping out” ceremony for the new Integrated Science Building on November 10, 2016.

News Release     Chancellor's Remarks

Construction timeline

Central District construction is scheduled to be complete by summer 2018.

  • Early 2017 - Parking garage completed
  • Summer 2017 - Residence hall, dining center completed
  • Summer 2018 - Student union completed
  • July 2018 - Integrated Science Building completed
  • July 2018 - Student apartments completed
  • Summer 2018 - Central utility plant completed

Learn more about each of these projects.


From the Chancellor

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

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Virtual tour

Central District Map

Project updates