The three-story, 45,014-gross-square-foot building will house the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. All are part of the UK College of Engineering.
The building also will be UK’s first to receive certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building’s roof will include photovoltaic collectors to convert sunlight into electrical power to help serve the building and provide research opportunities. It will also comply with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accessibility for physically challenged persons.
The first floor will house an administrative suite, a presentation/multipurpose room that seats up to 100, a visualization lounge and media suite and a computer lab. The second and third floors will include hard and soft laboratories for computer-program development and research, as well as faculty offices.
The building’s basement will consist primarily of mechanical and electrical equipment rooms but also will include a central computer server room. An emergency generator also will be situated in the basement.
The project is expected to be completed in early 2011.