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This building represents an opportunity for health disciplines on UK’s campus to come together for the betterment of the Commonwealth and the world. Through transdisciplinary collaboration, we will use this building to improve the lives and well-being of those in every corner of our state.

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Robert S. DiPaola
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Building and Site Plan

Aerial view of Huguelet Drive and University Drive with the Proposed HEB site outlined.

The new Michael D. Rankin MD Health Education Building will be prominently located at the intersection of Huguelet and University Drives. A corner entry plaza will integrate it into existing circulation patterns and green spaces. A setback along University Drive will preserve oak trees and create green space. This building will serve as a gateway to the medical campus, featuring vertical green terraces promoting wellness. It will be seven to eight stories tall, transitioning gracefully from the residential areas to the medical campus.

Rendering of new building color coding the different floors.
>500,000 square feet

As the largest academic building in the history of UK, the Michael D. Rankin M.D. Health Education Building will be a canvas for dynamic learning, allowing us to adapt to evolving educational needs while maintaining accreditation standards.

77% space focused on education activities

Currently, 77% of the space is focused on education activities, including 25% devoted to classrooms and learning labs and 34% for simulation and experiential learning.


Project Timeline

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Our Partners


HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Their 1,600 people collaborate across a network of 24 offices on three continents. HOK designs buildings and spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. The designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on a solitary goal: to deliver solutions that inspire clients and communities.


Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder of some of the most ambitious projects in the world. It is a recognized commercial contractor spanning 47 offices, including Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Turner is ranked as the number one general builder in diverse market segments, completing $12 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner prides itself in delivering on promises and creating a positive impact on the lives of clients, employees, trade partners and communities.

JRA Architects

JRA Architects, with offices located in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the Commonwealth’s largest, oldest and most respected architectural and planning firms. Founded in 1946, the firm has over one billion dollars of completed construction in place. Our responsibility as architects is not to simply create beautiful buildings, but to improve the lives of our clients and all others who occupy the spaces we build on their behalf.

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