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JUL-AUG 2018

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VIE W FROM THE ACADEME July/August 2018 StudentHousingBusiness.com 46 When we talk about true capital infusion, that would be centered around our media rights, hous- ing and dining and the bookstore. We've done over $80 million in dining. We did a ground-up build of a new dining hall that we call The 90. Our focus and strategy when we evaluate these projects is that we never look at them as a single vertical. With our din- ing partner, we looked at what other uses could we have in that space on the land where The 90 was constructed. We created class- rooms. We created an emergency operations center. We've created the Food Connection, which is a connection to our land grant mis- sion. We also created faculty and staff offices for our living-learning programs to tie into housing. We really view housing and dining, recreation and the student center as important pieces of that core fabric; and, then transportation and athletics as well. So how do we build on each of those? How do we ensure that in all of these spaces academic success and stu- dent success is a focus? We have The Study, which is our learn- ing laboratory study and tutoring center for students in one of the ground levels of housing. We have a lot of dining options that are within our housing. That's been essential to our ability to achieve some of these larger objectives in how we've utilized these spaces. SHB: Were you able to recon- figure where the housing was and make it more centralized to classes? Or create more live-learn environments? Monday: We have more than 200 spaces in our housing alone that are focused on living-learning, academic classroom, study spaces and so on. This is a very good question, and it's one we need to focus in on in higher education. There are a number of conver- sations centered on the question of do you create a new housing zone? We have a north zone that has somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 of our beds and then we have a central housing zone with over 5,000 beds — we're about 8,000 beds total right now. Of those, 6,850 are brand new; the rest we had, and this includes some of our apartment-style hous- ing for our graduate students. We really have been able to solidify into to two core undergraduate zones, and that's really helped us as we think about academic spac- es and as we think about where our student center is in relation to student housing and student sup- port services. We were intention- al about creating multiple zones and we were very firm to hold to those so we could best support students. So, why did we build living-learning faculty offices in The 90? Because that was close to the zone that had nearly 5,000 students in it. As a result, those students only have to walk four or five minutes to be able to see a faculty or staff member in their living-learning program. That's been really effective for us. SHB: You can use the P3 structure to create other initiatives that go a long way on campus and with students. Monday: You start with the premise and principle that we're going to build a great housing stock. Then we start to see great- er interest in the university. So, we opened Lewis Hall, which is our honors college. It was a huge donor commitment by Mr. Lewis, an alum and incredible philan- thropist. We relocated our honors college physically into that facili- ty, including the dean. The faculty and staff who are supporting that are located in the ground floor of Lewis Hall. Students live above and across the street in kind of an honors quad, if you will. A din- ing hall is right next door. All of that may not be here if it hadn't been for the president's dream of improving housing back in 2011. That generates donor interest and, ultimately, donor support. Those first 601 beds in 2012 have allowed us to achieve the presi- dent's key goals and initiatives across the campus. SHB: Are you looking at any further P3s? Do you think that will be the wave of the future for Kentucky? The living and learning that promotes academic success in UK's facilities is most important to the university when considering new buildings, says Dr. Eric Monday. Jewell Hall is in the North Campus area of the University of Kentucky and houses 740 students. It's the only residence hall on the UK campus with a rooftop terrace.

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