University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky is renovating 120-year-old building

April 1, 2024
Scovell Hall will is undergoing a $70 million upgrade.

The University of Kentucky has begun a $70 million renovation of Scovell Hall on its Lexington campus.

The university says the upgraded facility will encompass 92,000 square feet and serve as the administrative center for the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Built in 1903, Scovell Hall was designed to meet the increasing demand for scientific expertise in bolstering education at agricultural colleges. 

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. 

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 teaching kitchen 
  • The Lemon Tree restaurant 
  • Seven 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. 

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2026. The architects are JRA Architects and FLAD Architects.


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