Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
KU News Service

Media invited to Central District celebration, “topping out” ceremony for science building

Mon, 11/07/2016

LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will host a celebration of a once-in-a-generation campus redevelopment project that will transform the way KU educates students and conducts research.

The university’s Central District project will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The celebration will feature a “topping out” ceremony for the new Integrated Science Building component of the project. Media are invited to cover any of the following portions of the event:

  • 11 a.m. – Signing of the last beam
  • 11:30 a.m. – Program
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1 p.m. – Raising of the beam

Once complete, the Integrated Science Building will comprise 280,000 square feet of space for teaching, learning and interdisciplinary research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields.

The Integrated Science Building, which will continue to transform education and research for the next generation of KU scholars, is but one part of a Central District project that also includes new student housing, parking, a student union and a utility plant.

Learn more about the project in Monday’s campus message from Chancellor Gray-Little.

Media should use the Irving Hill Road/Burdick Drive entrance to the construction site. Parking is available in the Allen Fieldhouse Garage.

A mult box and risers will be provided for broadcast media covering the 11:30 a.m. program.

Media interested in covering the event should RSVP with Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, director of KU News, by Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 785-864-8858 or

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