Central Bank Center-Replacement Rupp Arena Modifications

Central Bank Center Expansion and Rupp Arena Renovation

Lexington, KY


  • Assignment: General Contractor 
  • Architect: NBBJ Architects
  • Mechanical Engineer: ME Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Civil Engineer: Strand Associates


This multi-phased, occupied replacement and modification project includes 100,000 sf of new exhibit hall space, demolition of the Jefferson Street Bridge, new University of Kentucky Hospitality Clubs, new upper-level seating, larger bathrooms and additional meeting spaces and parking structures.


  • Rupp Arena remained open for all games and events throughout the duration of construction.
  • Replacement of the existing central utility plant that services Rupp Arena, Hyatt Regency Hotel and Lexington Convention Center remained in operation throughout all phases of replacement.
  • Our proactive on-site leadership coordinated construction activities to the minute to ensure no disruption to plant operations. This included low-impact demolition work in the evening.
  • This project is an AGC Build KY award winner.
  • Photo credit: Nick McGinn/McGinn Photography.

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