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For Urban Campus Plan, Gateway President Receives Award

As Gateway Community & Technical College increases its presence in Downtown Covington, President & CEO Dr. Ed Hughes will be honored with an award Friday evening for his urban metro campus vision.

Hughes was selected to receive this year's Grady Clay Community Vision Award presented by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Louis R. Johnson, president of the Kentucky chapter of the national organization applauded Hughes's commitment to the community, students, and staff by creating "an innovative and adaptive Urban Metro Campus in Downtown Covington".

“The approach he has taken says volumes about the value of thinking sustainably,” Johnson said in a news release. “In a day and age where many campus models focus internally and isolate themselves from their surrounding communities, Hughes and his team have chosen to face the community and fill a void.”

Gateway currently occupies three buildings in Downtown Covington with plans to occupy even more as funding for the estimated $80 million effort continues to be pursued. The urban center is in the former Two Rivers Middle School on Scott Boulevard, the new Technology, Innovation, and Enterprise Center was developed inside the former Marx Furniture Building. Construction is currently underway at another historic building, the former home of Abode Furniture on Scott Boulevard, where the Center for Professional Services will be installed. Work has also commenced at the site of the college's forthcoming Barnes & Noble student bookstore and administrative offices at the corner of Madison Avenue and Pike Street.

Gateway's plans also call for the reuse of a former Methodist church on Greenup Street, a former senior services center on Fifth Street, and the former YMCA on Madison Avenue. A new health sciences building will be constructed on Scott Boulevard.

The Grady Clay Community Vision Award is named in honor of Grady Clay, Jr., the internationally acclaimed writer and urbanist.  The award is an annual, statewide honor for those who are improving the quality of life for Kentuckians by offering design vision and creative solutions that sustain and strengthen Kentucky’s vibrant communities. 

Past award recipients include Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Dr. Dan Jones of Louisville's 21st Century Parks.

Hughes was to receive the award Friday evening at the kick-off to the ASLA annual conference at the New Riff Distillery in Newport.

-Staff report

Photo: A classroom inside the TIE Building on Madison Avenue/RCN file