UK Healthcare Turfland (Building and Fit-Up)

Project Details


Design-Build, Precast Supplier

Adaptive Re-use: From Abandoned Shopping Mall to State-of-the-Art Healthcare

Executive Summary

Turf Development in Lexington, Kentucky purchased the shuttered Turfland Shopping Mall in 2012. The developer sought to redevelop the property into a vibrant center of economic activity. Bristol Group developed and implemented an innovative plan for adaptive re-use of a one-time anchor department store structure into a state-of-the-art health care clinic for the University of Kentucky. In addition to the clinic, the once abandoned property is now home to a Staples store, Home Depot, Walgreen’s and multiple restaurants, including Longhorn Steak House, Chick Fil-A, City Bar-B-Q, Burger King, and O’Charley’s.

Turf Development sought to redevelop the holding into a vibrant center of economic activity. The company secured the commitment of University of Kentucky Health Care to establish a clinic in the space formerly occupied by the Dillard’s department store. Turf Development had to determine whether or not to raze the entire structure and build new facilities or retain and renovate the existing structure.

Turfland Mall was the first enclosed mall in Lexington, Kentucky, opened in August 1967 with three anchor department stores, including the locally popular McAlpin’s, which later became Dillard’s. After substantial renovations in 1997, the mall gradually lost its anchor tenants and closed on October 1, 2008. The property was eventually foreclosed and sold to Turf Development in December 2012.

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