UK School of Art and Visual Studies

D.W. Wilburn served as general contractor on this 112,115-square-foot renovation of this early 1900s historic warehouse facility. Project cost was $12.2 million and was completed in May 2015.

Project features included a total transformation of this loft style residential warehouse facility into state-of-the-art teaching, studio and gallery space to house the University of Kentucky’s expanding University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts.

Spaces include administrative offices, classrooms, studios, gallery and exhibit areas, multiple digital media labs, a fabrication lab, and a technology resource center.

Project challenges include a limited site in an urban area, preservation of historic features while offering modern amenities, and upgrading to institutional mechanical, electrical and exhaust systems to meet the needs of the facility.