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The University of Kentucky Begins Renovation of Historic Scovell Hall
Kentucky Ag Connection - 04/01/2024

The University of Kentucky has initiated a project to renovate Scovell Hall on its central campus. The historic building will undergo a comprehensive rebuild, preserving its west and north-side entrances. Expected to be completed by 2026, the upgraded facility will encompass 92,000 square feet and serve as the administrative center for the UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The renovation is funded by a $70 million investment from the university’s modernization fund pool, dedicated to preserving and enhancing the campus's historical character. This project demonstrates UK's dedication to honoring its legacy and adapting to the changing needs of its academic community.

“Establishing our presence at the heart of campus reflects the transdisciplinary nature of our college,” said Carmen Agouridis, Martin-Gatton CAFE senior associate dean. “This will help our students and faculty members collaborate more closely with other colleges on central campus, bolstering our ability to prepare students to become the innovative leaders that our state and world needs.”

Originally built in 1903, Scovell Hall was designed to meet the increasing demand for scientific expertise in bolstering education at agricultural colleges. Melville Amasa Scovell, a highly regarded and respected agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was appointed as the Experiment Station's inaugural director. In 1910, he assumed the role of the college's dean.

Located at the intersection of South Limestone and Huguelet Drive, the renovated Scovell Hall will house:

-The Department of Dietetics and Human Health

-The Department of Community and Leadership Development

-The School of Human and Environment Sciences

-A 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art teaching kitchen

-The Lemon Tree restaurant

-Seven state-of-the-art classrooms and student lounge/study spaces

The centerpiece will be a cutting-edge, 4,000-square-foot teaching kitchen, serving as a new home for the Lemon Tree restaurant.

“This teaching kitchen embodies the college's commitment to hands-on learning and the advancement of tomorrow's healthcare leaders,” said Agouridis. “With a focus on utilizing food as health, students will engage in immersive experiences aimed at improving lives and fostering a deeper understanding of the vital connection between nutrition and health.”

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