University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and lead donor Davis Marksbury today presided over groundbreaking ceremonies for a new $18.6 million building to house the second phase of the university’s high-tech “Digital Village” concept. The building will be named for Marksbury, a 1980 civil engineering alumnus and a leading donor in a project primarily supported through private donations.
Todd and Marksbury were joined by Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet Mary Lassiter, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and UK College of Engineering Dean Thomas Lester, in a ceremony at the building site on Rose Street near the UK James F. Hardymon Building, which is also part of the Digital Village.
“This is a historic moment for the University of Kentucky,” said Todd. “Not only will the Davis Marksbury Building provide UK with world-class research and teaching space, it is the first capital construction project to be constructed solely with private support and matching funds from the state’s Research Challenge Trust Fund.”