In 2016, the University of Kansas breaks ground on the redevelopment of its Central District.
The three-year plan includes innovative academic facilities, beginning with the Earth, Energy & Environment Center. The EEEC, envisioned as a hub for the sciences, will be an information concourse and access way for KU’s multidisciplinary research.
The Central District will also include a new integrated science facility and new and renovated learning and living structures such as student residence halls with built-in classrooms, study areas, and advising and tutoring centers.
Open green space, apartments, retail areas, and a new pedestrian and bicycle trail are also included in the redevelopment.
The Central District project will be funded through a combination of savings realized through Changing for Excellence, growth in enrollment, student fees, support from alumni and friends, and business and revenue-generating aspects such as parking and student housing.