WKU focusing on Music Hall, Block 12 construction

A 26,000-square-foot Fine Arts Music Hall will house two rehearsal halls, a music library, commons spaces, administrative faculty offices and storage spaces. The music hall is set for completion in January.

Nick Bratcher


To complement the Fine Arts Center, a new Fine Arts Music Hall is nearing the end of its construction. Kerra Ogden, the Music Hall’s project manager, said the building is expected to have “substantial completion” by Dec. 16. The building should be totally finished and ready for classes by mid-January.


Renovations to Downing University Center are in the planning and design phase of construction. Early renderings were released at the Board of Regents meeting on Sept. 30, but many of the logistics must still be worked out before construction starts in March 2012. DUC is expected to be finished by July 2014.


A campus streamline that feeds the Industrial Education Building failed during startup this fall, so it is currently being replaced. It should be finished soon and should cause no problems with heating the IEB this winter, said Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design and Construction.


The William “Gander” Terry Colonnade will undergo a renovation to repair cracking and failing columns from prolonged exposure to snow and freezing rain. No timeline has been established for this project.


As part of the effort to extend WKU’s main campus toward downtown Bowling Green, the Augenstein Alumni Center is being constructed on Kentucky Street. Currently, the foundation is being finished and the new center is expected to be completed in November 2012.

As part of that same effort in Block 12 of Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing District, a parking structure was constructed on Adams Street this summer. WKU is leasing that structure as well as building a dorm that will wrap around it to be finished at the end of June 2012. Block walls are currently being constructed in the dorm and will feature apartment-style living for upperclassmen when completed. Both the parking structure and the apartment-style housing will be available for use next fall when the housing construction is complete.

Plans for future development of Block 12 include the building of more upperclassmen, apartment-style living on Kentucky Street and the construction of a 90 to 100-room hotel. WKU released a Request for Proposal last week seeking a hotel developer for the project. WKU plans to start constructing the housing in the next two to three years, but there is no set timeline for the completion of either project.