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Innovation and Collaboration at the University of Kentucky

Cover of Parking & Mobility magazine showing mixed-use building at the University of KentuckyThe University of Kentucky understood the need to continue to provide parking assets to support its growing campus, but also the essential component of effectively utilizing limited space for the highest and best uses possible. They also recognized the essential role of incorporating successful economic development master planning strategies to support the financial requirements of such a build, while contributing to the economic vitality of the campus.

The result was a unique P3 (public-private partnership) involving a land swap, lease-lease back, shared property management, and both parking and community space–inside and out–that collectively benefit the university and the surrounding community in Lexington, Ky.–unique all around and, as it turned out, very good for everyone involved.

This month’s Parking & Mobility magazine showcases the Cornerstone, UK’s new mixed-use gem that offers parking, 23,000 square feet of mixed-use including a state-of-the-art gaming and esports facility, and serves as a gateway to an innovation district bringing new features, ideas, and collaborations to the whole community. It feels like a glimpse into the future–read it here.

Proving the Possibilities

The iconic University of Kentucky in Lexington has a long history of setting trends and being a leader in academics, athletics, and development. One great example of this is the university’s use of public-private partnerships (P3) to deliver products at its campus.

Since 2011, the university has engaged in a multi-phase student housing revitalization plan, including the addition of numerous living-and-learning facilities, significantly increasing the number of beds on campus. The nearly $500 million project is the largest on-campus housing development at a public university in the U.S. to date, and is a model for university P3 projects.

Read about the project, the university’s P3 strategy, and what it all means for parking and mobility in the October issue of Parking & Mobility magazine.