As Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects proudly celebrates its one-year anniversary in our new building, we reflect on a transformative journey marked by innovation, collaboration,
University Flats, is an amenity-filled community that more closely resemble a mixed-use housing development versus what we once called a dorm.
Knowing today’s residence halls aren’t yesterday dorms, University Flats, designed by Sherman Carter Barnhart, offers two and four bedroom apartment style living on campus at the University of Kentucky. With on-campus amenities that look more like off-campus amenities to appeal to students, University Flats features indoor/outdoor recreation, in-suite laundry, and a two story Club Room, complete with a private kitchen, billiards, fireplace, and an outdoor covered patio that can be reserved for private functions, as well as a sand volleyball court.
University Flat’s architectural elements include a mix of brick masonry, limestone masonry features, and insulated metal panels gives, giving the facility an urban feel as the gateway to the South Campus Residence Halls development. University Flats, along with Lewis Hall, Donovan, Lyman Hall, and Haggin Hall, is one of five new residence halls developed along the University Drive corridor.
The seven story building houses 772 students total. It is the first new student housing designed specifically for older students to provide the University with a continuum of opportunity for attracting their returning students. While the residence is constructed as one structure, it functionally operates as two buildings with separate entrances for upperclassmen and graduate students. The upperclassmen residence features a mix of two and four bedroom apartments. The graduate residence features a mix of one bedroom apartments and studios. All units in both residences feature a private laundry and full-featured kitchen.
The upperclassmen entrance includes a prominent glazed curtainwall, limestone, and metal panel façade leading to a two-story main lobby. The lobby leads to an adjacent two story Club Room, complete with a private kitchen, a fireplace, and an outdoor covered patio that can be reserved for private functions. A multipurpose room with a view is included on each of the top five floors. A breezeway provides a pedestrian connection from University Drive to the rear courtyard. The graduate entrance features its own exclusive entry, with an extended height corner tower element comprised of curtainwall and insulated metal panels. The living environment is enhanced with work by local Kentucky artists scattered throughout the lobbies and public spaces. Both entries will be equipped with UK blue and color-changeable lighting that will be illuminated on special occasions. The residence hall incorporates the latest technologies including wireless internet and satellite connections to enhance the living experience for today’s modern students.