Central District News

Central District featured in Design, Develop, Construct Journal
The Central District was featured in the spring 2019 edition of Design, Develop, Construct Journal. See page 256.

Higher Ed Facilities Forum explores Central District
"We needed to leap forward, not crawl forward." University architect Jim Modig describes the funding model behind KU's new development project.

Three buildings in Central District named for university historical figures
The Kansas Board of Regents approved names for three buildings in the KU Central District: Cora Downs Residence Hall, Stouffer Place Apartments and Frank R. Burge Student Union.

Central District featured in spring 2017 edition of the KU Collegian magazine
In a story titled "Constructive Development," the magazine explores "collaborative collisions" at the heart of the district's new facilities

Central District featured in Design, Develop, Construct Journal
The Central District project was featured in the spring edition of Design, Develop, Construct Journal.

Central District featured in 2017 Chancellor's Report
March 1, 2017
The Central District project was featured in the university's 2017 Chancellor's Report in a spread titled "Changing the Landscape."

Central District project one of five finalists for international award 
The university’s Central District development project was named one of five finalists for the P3 Awards presented by P3 Bulletin, a leading publisher of information on public-private partnerships related to public infrastructure.

Chancellor Gray-Little delivers remarks at Central District celebration
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little hosted a celebration of the Central District project and focused her attention on the project's Integrated Science Building. 

Media invited to Central District celebration, “topping out” ceremony for science building
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will host a celebration of a once-in-a-generation campus redevelopment project that will transform the way KU educates students and conducts research. The university’s Central District project will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The celebration will feature a “topping out” ceremony for the new Integrated Science Building component of the project.

"Transforming education and research in our Central District"
In a message to the university, Chancellor Gray-Little describes how the Integrated Science Building gives KU the resources to continue its mission and achieve its aspirations like never before.

KU finalizes contract with developer for Central District project
After nearly three years of planning, the University of Kansas is now ready to get started on a transformative campus redevelopment project. KU today finalized its contract with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate for the university’s Central District redevelopment project, an ambitious three-year undertaking that will transform the Lawrence campus with new spaces and facilities for learning and research. Construction will begin in early 2016.

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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