While much of the world is on hold right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, demolition has begun on an iconic part of the University of Kentucky campus. The Kirwan-Blanding dormitory complex is finally being dismantled after sitting vacant for over four years.
Some pictures from Jason Hope on Facebook:
UK friends- just when you thought the world couldn’t be more upside down, they started to demolish South Campus.
The two 23-story towers and eight surrounding low-rise buildings were built in the 1960s and sit on 14 acres. Demolition is expected to cost $15 million ($10 million from an internal loan, $5 million from private funding), which pales in comparison to the $126 million estimate to renovate the buildings to modern standards.
A map of the area, per the Herald-Leader:
Once the complex is demolished — which could take 12-15 months — UK will use the area for a new 500-bed dormitory and large green space. If approved, the goal is to have the dormitory ready for the 2022-23 school year.
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