Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Campus Master Plan
Newtown Pike Campus
Size: 48 acres
This new campus is the physical manifestation of a merger of the Kentucky Community College System and the Kentucky Technical College System. Through interagency cooperation and a swap of public lands, the new campus location was selected to serve a new community demographic. The 50-acre site is the former home of the historic Kentucky Eastern State Hospital founded in the 1820s, containing buildings and open space listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is highly visible, framing a major thoroughfare on the edge of downtown. It is hoped that the new campus will spur nearby redevelopment to support adjacent historic neighborhoods in a decaying part of town and create a vibrant corridor.
Planning considerations included: state archeological study of the grounds, accommodation of a cemetery and burial of human remains, space model development (with specific space types) for alignment of college-wide academic programs--both for this site and for the future facilities, ultimate student population, perimeter redevelopment, historical nature of former institutional facilities still on site, zoning, open space development, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, sustainable strategies to meet LEED silver campus wide, conceptual cost estimating, implementation, funding, phasing strategies, and design guidelines.