A Campus On the Rise

While you are a student at UofL, significant changes will be taking place to the landscape of our ever-developing campus.  Several multi-million dollar projects will bring new and revitalized facilities to improve the space where you learn, play, live and relax

A $2.2 billion six-year capital plan will help shape campus development into the next decade. This includes on-campus student housing, where Center, Wellness and West Halls have been demolished to make way for a planned student-housing complex that will include a restoration of Stansbury Park (adjacent to the site).

“This project has a dual purpose,” said Kathleen Smith, chief of staff to the president.  “It will result in the first new student housing on UofL property since 2005 and a beautiful restoration of Stansbury Park to the way park designer Frederic Olmsted wanted to see it.”

A water feature, bicycle pavilion, great lawn, sculpture garden, tennis courts and a welcome center with restrooms are some of the features planned for the multi-million dollar makeover. The park is located directly across Third St. from the main entrance to UofL, Grawemeyer Hall and the restored Thinker statue.

“People repeatedly tell us how beautiful our main entrance is,” Smith said.  “We want the opposite side of 3rd St. to be stunning as well and leave a lasting impression on the thousands of visitors who pass UofL at Derby time and throughout the year.”

Numerous new housing developments catering to the UofL student population are being built near campus, including a new apartment complex off I-65, and another “neighborhood-like” development behind Bettie Johnson and Kurz Hall.

For current and prospective Cardinals, this is good news. The campus you walk onto this fall will look different in a year, and in fours years. Enjoy the $1.8 billion in recent campus development now (including our state-of-the-art Student Rec Center, a remodeled Floyd St. entrance to campus, and the 3rd St. bridge into campus), and watch campus continue to rise.

Artist rendering of new planned student-housing complex.