University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Lexington Center will be renovated

The University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and the nearby Lexington Center will undergo a major renovation beginning next year.

July 29, 2013 |
Drew Ballensky

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The University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and the nearby Lexington Center will undergo a major renovation beginning next year. Plans for the arena include private suites, a new center-hung scoreboard, chair-back seats throughout the arena, an expanded concourse, and a new hospitality level. The overall seat count will remain at 23,500. The Lexington Center project will add about 100,000 sf, doubling space for exhibitions, and adding a new ballroom and meeting rooms.



The first phase of the projects is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. Once the arena project is underway, a construction schedule will allow the Wildcats to play basketball at Rupp during renovations. NBBJ will lead the design team and Hunt Construction Group will be the lead contractor.The total project cost is expected to be about $300 million.



(http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Architect--construction-company-named-for-Rupp-Arena-renovations-214919071.html

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130710/SPORTS03/307100062/Rupp-redux-Rupp-Arena-renovation-partners-announced-though-funding-remains-an-issue)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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