The Digital Village Phase II (Davis Marksbury) Building (MB) is the first of three new phases which together will define the village. It houses the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (VisCenter) as well as certain faculty and research activities of the Departments of Computer Science (CS) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), along with CS and VisCenter administrative offices.
The construction of the James F. Hardymon Building at the corner of Rose and Maxwell Streets marked the first phase of development of a home for research into electronic and computing technologies and their applications. Eventually this “Digital Village” will house all activities in the College of Engineering related to computing and information technology, including the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and possibly the Center for Computational Science. It is expected that the Digital Village will be home to approximately 75 faculty and 25–30 staff. At this time, it is believed that this build-out will take the form of 3 buildings in addition to the Hardymon Building – each sized for approximately 25,000 assignable square feet.
Throughout the Digital Village, the emphasis will be on leading-edge multidisciplinary research. Faculty, staff and students from a variety of units and colleges across campus will engage problems collaboratively using computer technology.
The University of Kentucky is committed to reducing their carbon footprint. As a testament to this effort, the building’s roof surface will be lined with photovoltaic panels. The system will consist roughly of 30 KW of photovoltaic panels connected into the buildings electrical grid and will supply as much as 3% of the building’s electrical energy demand.
The project is the University’s first LEED project, achieving a rating of LEED Gold. Emphasis has been placed on both renewable and recyclable materials as well as energy conservation. As a result, the building is designed to use 40% less energy than a comparable building.
Rob Deal, AIA, LEED AP
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