D.W. Wilburn is the general contractor for Martin and Brockton Halls, two new state-of-the-art dormitories with the combined square footage of over 360,000 square feet, located on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. The construction of both dormitories was included in the EKU Campus Revitalization Plan, which was enacted in 2016.

Martin and Brockton Halls will add over 1000 beds by the fall of 2017. Both dorms will offer state-of-the-art living quarters, with the inclusion of “simple” and “super” suites, multipurpose rooms, rec rooms, computer labs, and classrooms.

Project challenges included a limited staging area and location on an active campus in an urban setting.

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.

D.W. Wilburn served as general contractor for the new Center for Health, Education and Research at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

The project was a collaboration between the Saint Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. This interdisciplinary and inter-professional educational model received state and federal funding.

Project features included lecture and laboratory classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference areas, multi-purpose classrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a medical library, a wellness facility, and administrative offices.

Project challenges included construction on an occupied campus and coordination with multiple stakeholders and needs to create a cohesive facility.

D.W. Wilburn is serving as general contractor on the second phase of the Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

The new 158,000-SF facility will adjoin the existing new Science Building and add the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography and Geology. The second phase will add 25 new teaching labs, 31 new research labs, 17 preparation labs, four large classrooms, three conference rooms, 63 faculty and staff offices and more in a space specially designed for collaborative research among faculty and students and for hands-on learning.

Project challenges include new construction to adjoin to an existing, occupied facility, located on an active college campus, and a limited staging area.

D.W. Wilburn served as general contractor both phases of the new Business & Technology Complex at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

The 78,000-SF facility includes classrooms as well as offices for both administration and faculty, including the dean’s office and college advising offices. The building also houses offices for EKU’s Small Business Development Center, the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Eastern Innovation Region of the Office for the New Economy, and EKUBusiness.

Project challenges include site considerations and drainage, as well as construction on an active college campus in close proximity to existing facilities and students.

D.W. Wilburn served as general contractor for the new Center for Communication Arts at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

The facility enables cross collaboration, shared resources and interactive learning opportunities for students across multiple communication arts disciplines.

Project features included a 120-seat theatre, two multi-media production labs, audio and video editing suites, a professional-grade recording studio, two film-style sound stages (one being a complete black box theatre), interior and exterior backstage for filming, as well as support rooms for these two stages to include dressing rooms, green room, prop storage, set construction shop, and a garage area for the production trailer.

Project challenges included construction on an active campus, limited budget to meet programmatic requirements and advanced schedule.

D.W. Wilburn served as general contractor for both phases of the construction of the new Business & Technology Center, including the new Center for Performing Arts, at Eastern Kentucky University.

The project was the result of a unique, collaborative planning and funding effort between the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, the City of Richmond, the City of Berea, and Madison County.

Project features include a 2,100-seat Broadway capable and quality theatre, a fly system, a 60-foot stage and a configurable blackbox theatre with seating up to 250. It is the second largest theatre of its kind in Kentucky and will host series and special events annually.

Project challenges include construction on an active college campus in close proximity to existing facilities and students as well as fundraising efforts during a recession.