Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Campus Plan
Urban Collage/Lord Aeck Sargent was retained as part of a team led by EOP Architects and Perkins + Will to develop a plan for a new 65-acre campus of Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC).
The plan creates a blueprint for the growth and development of BCTC and environs and builds on continued momentum in Lexington’s north side.
The campus is proposed on the former site of the Eastern State Hospital (ESH), the nation’s second oldest running mental institution. ESH’s corner stone was laid in 1816. Many of the existing buildings are original and considered historic structures. The historic nature of the site as well as its context within Downtown Lexington and the surrounding historic neighborhoods had to be taken into account when planning and designing the campus. The site is also surrounded to the south and east by industrial uses that were taken into consideration as long term development opportunities in this growing and evolving community.
The BCTC campus was seen as an opportunity to complete the “higher education triangle”, giving a main entry way to Lexington a new vibrant feel while also creating a usable, comfortable, and exciting higher education campus.